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« on: June 29, 2015, 05:02:35 PM »
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 Anyone had a fc steering wheel done at pearl craft lately
 was wondering the price of getting mine done in the pearl look
 my wheel has only a couple of cracks so needs repair anyway.
 so though l might get it done


   THANKS GREG
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 06:04:46 PM »
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Just had a look on the pearlcraft facebook site and there was a question from last month.
A single colour wheel in ok condition was $600 and a two tone was $800.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2015, 06:10:58 PM »
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   thanks stewy

    l had one done for a ek holden  from the bloke at cockatoo 
   was  really happy with the finish and quality    and it  it was no where
    near that price , so may have to go  standard and just get it repaired and painted black again

  thanks greg
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 10:07:28 PM »
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Hello Greg
              I did a wheel on my FB a couple of years ago . I cleaned / opened out the cracks with a hacksaw blade then filled in the gaps with araldite. Sanded and filed it back then got a mate to paint it in two pak black. looked as good as new and Cost less than $100.
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2015, 06:40:18 AM »
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There are a few threads around on how to repair the cracks yourself with epoxy, or the Ukneadit type stuff found at SuperCheap. A quick sand and ready for paint. Relatively quick job, and will cost you under $15 to do yourself.

Scotty's thread here shows how to deliver your own pearl effect (the trick is in his magic finger templates):
http://www.fbekholden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8344&hilit=steering+wheel
Scotty uses an airbrush, but you could do the same with rattle-cans and some patience. Some clear coats (more clear = more depth), and you can probably have the paint done for $20 worth of rattle cans.

All up probably a $35 job, and you get the exact colour you want.

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2015, 04:01:46 PM »
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    l had painted one a while back
     problem was because the wheel has a bit of flex in it
     specially around the hub where the arms join  you tend to get
     small hair line cracks mostly in  the paint
      because the paint had little give in it
       there was a product you could add to the paint to give it a bit of give is this still available
        or what type of paint is best for steering wheels

       thanks greg
     
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2015, 06:33:26 PM »
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Not sure about paint anti-hardener, but I do know that a common trick on the repair side is to pin the cracks. The epoxies are great fillers, they just don't stick to plastic too well. You need someway of pinning the two different materials together.

Before using the epoxy or Ukneadit, chase out the steering wheel cracks a bit with a die grinder or Dremel, all the way down to the steel frame of the steering wheel. Open them out to about 10-15mm wide. Don't be scared, the steel frame will hold the wheel together. 

Once the cracks are opened out, drill holes diagonally into the cuts, for the filler to key into. The diagonal direction of the holes help to pin the plastic to the filler, preventing the two moving apart. Horizontal holes, or using no holes at all, allows the filler/plastic interface to move apart, leading to pain cracks.

With the cracks ground and the pinning holes drilled, knead up the Ukneadit and force it into the cracks, pushing it into the pinning holes as you go. Leave the surface proud for sanding.

Sand, prime and paint.

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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2015, 08:44:25 PM »
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I can explain how to do this if its good enough .



Any size you want and any colour. Cheers Haydn
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2015, 06:32:23 AM »
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I can explain how to do this if its good enough .

Yes please Haydn. I'm interested to hear how you get that effect - the more detail the better.

I'm no airbrush Picaso, but when the alternative is $800, I'm willing to give it a try.

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2020, 01:28:15 PM »
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Haydn,
That reminds me of how we used to paint our bikes when we were kids. White enamel then use a candle flame to create black smoke effect.


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