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Offline twigren

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Hub caps
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:47:35 AM »
Dear friends,

Renovating wheels now by powder coating rims and ordering new tires.
My hub caps however are in terrible shape.
Both with various cracks and rust all over.

As new (original 4x set from mb classic parts...) cost around 800 USD I consider other options.
1. Wrap the old ones with chrome vinyl...?
2. Paint with liquid chrome paint + clear coat.
3. Repair and chrome, the proper way (however in Sweden as expensive as buy new set...).
4. Find reproduction parts cheaper, but where...?

What is your recommendation?

Best Regards
Thomas
Thomas Wigren
Mercedes-Benz 170S, 1951

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Re: Hub caps
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 05:00:43 PM »

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Re: Hub caps
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 05:40:14 PM »
hi craig!
yeah, i know - but to pay almost the same amount (as new, but at 3/5 quality....), cannot be a good solution.
do you know any other options?
/thomas
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Re: Hub caps
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 04:12:56 AM »
The problem with aftermarket is the quality of the chrome and you certainly don't want to pay 50 - 60% of the genuine article only to have problems a couple of years later. You may just have to keep an eye out and buy them one by one.