Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
Nice, I like the way the wheelbolts got painted too. The devil is in the detail.
Like Mitch166, I think the wheel should not have been painted. Alloy wheel cleaner should have got the inside surface clean enough not to need any paint. You would be surprised at how paint on the contact face can make several millimetres of difference at the rim, especially brushed-on paint.
I always paint new brake discs, but didn't have the chance to do the discs on my 156 since they were fitted just before I bought the car. I'm going to take them off, wire-brush them (on a pedestal grinder fitted with wire wheel), then spray with high-temp silver paint. I suppose I shouldn't paint the part where the wheel attaches, but I usually do.
The discs on my Punto turned out fine and are lasting well, and I even applied an 'OMP' sticker on the centre, where it can be seen through the spokes. Surprisingly that sticker has held up for almost a year now and still looks fine. I painted my calipers with gold paint, which (I think) is another good, unpretentious choice.
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe
Last edited by alexGS; 07-08-11 at 13:11.