3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

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TonyB
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3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by TonyB » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:12 pm

My prototype was posted here:
http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=7490

This project is for my dad's 1985 Toyota Truck (I believe it's a Hilux). Kind of a long story, but a fun one to say the least. The truck is extremely well put together and the paint job he did recently is second to none.

He picked up a set of Mustang wheels from my brother and they fix the truck like a glove. Offset and style were both a pretty good match.

That being said, a set of Mustang caps wasn't going to cut it! We need something out of the ordinary and as unique as this little truck.

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It's a bit hard to get a good picture; with it being machined aluminum the light does weird things.
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Next step is finish work. We're talking about painting black with red letters. I was concerned with paint adhering (long term), we got talking about metal etching; we may send it through our sandblaster, thoughts?

Thanks,
Tony
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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by whimmel » Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:24 pm

How about leaving it polished but filling the engraving with black or red epoxy? (I don't know if that's the appropriate material to use)

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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by bharbour » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:17 pm

Nice!!!
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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by CrazyBillybob » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:43 pm

Once you get it sanded and polished. clear all the Grease and wax off. Hit it with a good Etching Primer and you should be ok. There are some products that are made for aluminum (Alumiprep is one) they bite in or remove the oxide to let the paint stick. Unless your using a very fine grit the Sandblasting maybe too much. Unless you want a black mated finish...If your going high gloss...That thing need to be polished before you paint it!!

Good Luck! Lovely Project.
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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by Fergyz » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:38 pm

you could also look into Cerakote as an option too. you would need to find someone that does it locally.

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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by Gamble » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:02 pm

You let that thing run in your house for 12 hours?! That noise would have drove me nuts. lol
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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by CrazyBillybob » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:57 pm

Since your a car guy maybe picking up a powder coat gun http://www.eastwood.com/original-hotcoa ... At4Y8P8HAQ and picking up a second hand toaster oven (goodwill or yard sales can get you on for $5-10...or a new one can be found for $30) . For wheel type application it's probably the toughest thing you can get.


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Re: 3/4 in. 6061 Aluminum Center Cap(s)

Post by Gamble » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:01 pm

CrazyBillybob wrote:Since your a car guy maybe picking up a powder coat gun http://www.eastwood.com/original-hotcoa ... At4Y8P8HAQ and picking up a second hand toaster oven (goodwill or yard sales can get you on for $5-10...or a new one can be found for $30) . For wheel type application it's probably the toughest thing you can get.


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Eastwood also sells a small powder coating oven for $99. I have it. I love it. Or get the entire kit from eastwood with the oven and colors.
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