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Painting 5" gauge wheels.

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Keith Bloor16/04/2019 08:48:02
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At the stage when I could paint my Horwich Crab wheels. What is the best paint to use, satin black?.

AJW16/04/2019 12:07:39
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Not a loco wheel but a flywheel, although similar!

Painted my Centaur flywheel (about 7 in dia) with a spray can of satin black, I think it looks great. Casting surface prepared by filing and Emery cloth with any imperfections filled with JB Weld all sanded back then 2 or 3 coats (by brush) of Bonda Primer which has good solids content.

Rubbed down carefully with 400 wet & dry (wet) masked up the 3 coats spray black.


Clive Hartland16/04/2019 14:00:33
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Did you not paint the wheels shiny black before you machined them? Much easier to clean with a glossy surface.

John Billard 121/04/2019 21:45:22
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I recommend that you paint the tyres to match as it looks so much better (that goes for hand rails too). I doubt that a Horwich Crab ever had an exhibition finish in full size.

With best wishes and good luck with the build.

John B

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