Painting/Dyeing/Darkening a plastic Wheel center cap...

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  1. glasswave

    glasswave Long timer

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    Hello,

    I am looking for an easy/economical way to Paint/Dye/Darken a plastic Wheel center cap. (Pic below)

    The cap is made of plastic and painted with a chromish looking coating. I'd like it to be black or at least much darker. I am told I can pop the center cap out w/o breaking it.

    Any ideas how I could do it simply w/o too much hassle. I don't mind taking them to a professional service if it were cheap enough, say less than $60.

    Any suggestions appreciated? Sorry if posting an auto related question is a forum faux pas.
    Thanks.

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  2. glasswave

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    Rit DyeMore for synthetics?

    Would Plasti Dip require any prep or would it hold up well, if I just do several light coats on top of the chromish paint that's on the center caps now? Or would I be better off just to rattle can it?
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  3. kantuckid

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    Easiest to avoid damage by popping it out from back side with the heel of your hand, or if the wheels on the vehicle use two small bladed screwdrivers carefully, then scuff it with a 3M prep pad or 0000 steel wool, then paint it with rattle can paint.
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  4. glasswave

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    Thanks for the advice.
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  5. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist Supporter

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    When I swapped out the center caps on my former SS, I found a trick. Get an old credit or gift card and cut it into strips. Then insert the strips around the cap to release the fingers that snap it into place. Works great.

    These were flush mount caps, it I think yours mount the same way.

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  6. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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    Dupli color rattle can gloss color paint is what I used on my Jeep's front grille. Went from chrome to gloss black.

    Didn't like plasti dip because it looked bad and needed glossifier.

    You can buy rattle can wheel paint too.
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  7. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    They have rattle can paint for plastics.
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