First we remove the center caps. Then we “ping” out the dents, polish the scratches out and compound one or more layers of oxidation. Then all the black paint has to be removed in preparation for re-painting. Once this is completed we are ready for the center caps. First we try to find new or slitly used ones, if those are not available, we remove all paint and prepare for refinishing. And refinishing is another story!
Dave’s hubcaps are in really good condition. Some of them require some re-painting of the black “pedals” between the spokes (one of the hubcaps has no black paint left at all!), and the cap centers on a few need some restoration, and maybe replacement–we’ll see (Dave: keep an eye on your project sheet regarding this). They’re all in usable shape, so we won’t be replacing the hubcaps themselves, so it will be cool to keep the original hubcaps on this Mustang.