I redid mine a few years ago. I painted them with the Eastwood paints they matched for the charcoal and argent gray. I first sand blasted them and cleaned them with paint thinner. Once cleaned, primer and paint them. You will have to find the masking kits in order to separate the two colors.
I did mine the same way GasTiresandOil did his. I had mine blasted and I primed them with self etching primer before hitting them with Eastwood's charcoal and Rally Wheel silver. I did the back side with Krylon Dove Grey. It was the closest I could find to what was on my factory spare.
I checked into having them powder coated, but I couldn't find anywhere willing to do two colors. They said the labor involved would be too much. If you were to have them powder coated, you'd want to do the silver then paint on the grey. It's the same when you are painting them. Spray the silver first, mask off the spokes and the outer rim, then spray the charcoal. Once everything's dry spray them with some clear coat. Don't bother with the mask kits that the resto houses sell. I had better luck with some low tack masking tape, some newspaper and an x-acto knife.
I have the actual paint mixing formulas for the Pontiac Rally II wheel colors. If you drop me an e-mail request for the Paint Formula Paper, I'll send you a complete guide to painting the wheels: [email protected]
Here is the extract from my paper on refinished wheels and engines. Pasting it into the Forum format here messes up the formatting a bit, but the info is all here. For those of you who would like a clean, original, correctly formatted version of this paper in MSWord, drop me an e-mail request for the Paint Formula Paper: [email protected]
Some Nice Paint Formulas for Restorers
by Lars Grimsrud
Colorado Corvette Crazies (CCC)
The Ultimate Corvette Tuning & Beer Drinking Fraternity
For you weekend restoration fanatics, here are some paint info, paint numbers and formulas I’ve gathered over the years. This stuff comes in really handy when you’re doing detail work and when you want things to look correct, original, and fresh:
1. Order 3 things from Eastwood:
a. 1 can of “AlumaBlast.” This stuff is amazing. It looks EXACTLY like cast aluminum. Even when you’ve bead-blasted your intake manifold and alternator, and after you’ve Hotsie’ed your tranny, the aluminum never looks just like it did when it was new. A light coat of AlumaBlast will make the parts look exactly as they should – fresh, new aluminum. Good stuff.
b. 1 can of “Spray Gray.” Again – amazing stuff. It looks just like cast iron. Use it on your master cylinder, steering box, tie rod ends, and other parts you want to look just like fresh cast iron. You can’t do without this stuff.
c. High Temp Stainless Steel Coating. Brush or spray this onto your exhaust manifolds, and they’ll look brand new – show quality. The stuff won’t burn off, and will make your manifolds look brand new for years. I use it on all exhaust components for a lasting good look.
2. Ever wondered what to do with your crappy-looking power brake booster and other cad-plated parts that you don’t want to spend the $$ and time having re-plated? Here is a lacquer paint that you can shoot through your paint gun that will give you the greenish-hue you’ve been looking for. You can even use it on carb parts to simulate the carb plating. Thin it down 50% with thinner and spray it on in light coats. Do not clearcoat:
PPG Lacquer, “Sauterne Sage Poly” DDL #43433
3. How about those silver painted Chevy Rally Wheels? The factory used lacquer, but lacquer on wheels just doesn’t hold up. You can re-shoot them with some good, catalyzed Urethane for a very good quality, lasting finish. Here is the info on both lacquer and catalyzed enamel for the wheels. This is the correct, factory color:
PPG Delstar (Mix 8:6:1 Delstar/DTR601 Reducer/DXR80 Catalyst):
“Argent Silver” DAR #8568
Mixing Formula (1 qt non-cumulative):
Color Units (non-cumulative)
DMR 433 416
DMR 435 420
DXR 495 20
DMR 499 160
If you want to prime the wheels first, I recommend using PPG DP40LF Epoxy Primer mixed 2:1 with DP402LF Catalyst. This will give you a bullet-proof finish.
4. On to the engine. I see guys with nice ‘Vettes using paint out of a cheap spray can that they bought at the local parts store. People with nice ‘Vettes who use spray can paint on their engines should be charged with Vette-abuse, and sentenced to restore Honda Civics for life. If you want your engine to look perfect, to be the perfect, correct color, and to have a durable, lasting finish and shine, you want to shoot it with Delstar catalyzed urethane enamel. Here is the factory-correct color code and the whole mixing formula:
PPG Delstar Chevy Engine Orange, DAR #60524 H
Mixing Formula (1 qt, cumulative):
Color Units (cumulative)
DMR 400 4.0
DMR 405 160
DMR 464 660
DXR 495 680
DMR 499 1250
Mix the paint 8:6:1 Delstar/DTR601 Reducer/DXR80 Catalyst and shoot it with a paint gun. If you have a new engine back from the machine shop and it’s bare metal, prime the entire engine, block, heads, etc. with PPG DP40LF Epoxy Primer mixed 2:1 with DP402LF Catalyst. You won’t believe how good it will look.
As always, contact me if you need any assistance or if you have any questions.
Here’s another one for you. This one took a bit of research and color matching development, so stash this with your restoration files:
The BACK side of the steel GM Rally Wheels (both Chevy and Pontiac) and the rim/bead area was not painted silver. Rather, the entire back of the wheel and the bead area was painted an odd light grey color. This color is perfectly matched with the following Delstar mixing formula. This is the tip-top finishing touch for a set of perfectly restored Rally Wheels:
Lars’ GM Wheel Back Color, PPG Delstar (No color code)
Mixing Formula (1 qt) (cumulative units)
Mix the Delstar 8:6:1 Delstar/DTR601 Reducer/DXR80 Catalyst and shoot it with a paint gun.
Pontiac Rally II Wheel Refinishing
Three different colors were used on the Pontiac Rally II wheels. The front (visible side) was painted silver and charcoal gray. The bead areas and the backside of the wheel were left in a glossy grayish primer. The colors are as follows:
Argent Silver (aka Non Smudge Aluminum):
PPG Duracryl Lacquer part number DDL-8568
The catalyzed Delstar mixing formula is shown above in the Chevy Rally Wheel section
PPG Duracryl Lacquer part number DDL-32947
Color Units (cumulative)
384 Yellow 20
311 White 44
321 Blue 74
358 Black 224
349 Poly 694
DX 265 Flat 984
No part number
PPG Delstar mixing formula:
See Lars’ GM Wheel Back Color above
Pontiac Engine Colors
Pontiac used 3 different engine colors from 1964 through 1974 – the most popular restoration years. The correct colors are not available from most sources, so here are the actual correct mixing formulas for the Pontiac engine colors in PPG Delstar catalyzed enamel. This produces a very high quality lasting finish on the engines. I have personally developed and verified these colors (except the ’66-’70, which is a standard PPG color formula). Mix the paint 8:6:1 Delstar/DTR601 Reducer/DXR80 Catalyst and shoot it with a paint gun. If you have a new engine back from the machine shop and it’s bare metal, prime the entire engine, block, heads, etc. with PPG DP40LF Epoxy Primer mixed 2:1 with DP402LF Catalyst. You won’t believe how good it will look.
1964 – 1965
No PPG color code
Delstar Mixing Formula (1 qt) (non-cumulative units)
Color Units (non-cumulative)
DMR 411 76.2
DXR 495 20.0
DMR 499 Fill