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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mhukins, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Nov 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    My center caps are all flaked and yellowish and I have lost all four of my outer rings. I was considering purchase of the chrome/plastic hub caps, but they don't seem to come with center caps. What are you all doing about the center cap issue? Is anyone out there using the chrome covers?:)
     
  2. Nov 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    What wheels do you have?

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  3. Nov 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    I painted mine with a hammered silver.

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  4. Nov 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    I am sorry, I failed to mention, my wheels are factory steel silver. The steel is in good shape. I lost the plastic beauty rings a long time ago. The center caps are all peeling. I have been considering painting them white to match the body color, but I am standoffish. I like the chrome wheels covers that fit perfectly, but not sure what to do with the center caps.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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    If they are the stock steel wheels, I would paint them like JTacoma did. Should match pretty well.

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  6. Nov 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    I am actually about to repaint the trashed ones on the 4Runner 5-stars I just got. They look like JTacoma's picture. I found a link from another site (I think http://www.toyota-4runner.org/), and am going to do that.

    But I don't have it handy right now. I will post up later.

    Basically, light 400 grit, then regular (not etching) Duplicolor primer, then color of choice (there are about 7 Toyota silvers available from Duplicolor, and I had to got ouside in the sun with a bunch of cans for the best Match) in 3 or so light coats, followed by 3 coats of clear.

    For the dark gray emblem in the middle, I found a Toyota charcoal gray touch-up paint that has a brush applicator.

    I will start working on it this week and post pics, maybe do a write-up, cause I think lots of early 1st gens ust have this issue with thso caps.
     
  7. Nov 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM
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    I was sick of my flaking, yellow caps too so I Plastiderp'd mine :)
    I like it!
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  8. Nov 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    I have 4 of those sitting in my shed at home... I actually liked them at first (they came on my truck) but then I found TW and caught the chrome hate bug. PM me if you're a 5 lugger and interested. I also have my stock wheels with center caps at home.
     
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  12. Nov 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    OP,

    Keep in mind that if you are looking for a way to make your center caps look less shitty, buying replacement hub caps is not the answer.

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  13. Nov 9, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    Fink,

    I agree. I was thinking of going a differnet direction altogther.

    Thanks!
     
  14. Nov 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    Understood.

    Have any pics of your truck as it is?

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  15. Nov 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    Not handy. I guess that I need to put one on my sig. I will shoot one with my phone.
     
  16. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    I would say rattle can them silver or a color of your choice
     
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