Hammerite, Halford Wheel and Trim paint, lacquer

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hammerite, Halford Wheel and Trim paint, lacquer

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Posted: 27.02.2024  ·  #1
So with the weather taking a pleasant turn yesterday I decided to tackle a job that had been on my mind for a while. I went and got some Halfords Wheel and Trim paint and the recommended Halfords durable lacquer for finishing. I cleaned down 2 wheels, removing rust and debris. The prep took longer than expected including all the masking, so that by the time it came to spraying, the sun was now setting and the temps were getting low.

I realised at this point that the Halfords wheel paint needs a primer undercoat. All I had to hand was Hammerite Smooth direct to rust. I figured I needed to get a couple of coats of this on before it gets too late as the rims now had lots of bare metal exposed and that we were due for some rain during the night. At this point the Wheel paint would have to wait for another day. I got 3 coats of Hammerite on. By the time I wrapped things up my concern was that the Hammerite would not have dried and cured by the time the rain came in. It was still tacky as I was going to bed. I suppose the quoted 2-hours drying time does not apply at 8 degrees at night.

Checking this morning, the Hammerite was touch dry and had beads of rainwater on it, so that looks like a good thing. The question I have now is, is the Hammerite a good primer/ undercoat for the Wheel paint? I could just apply the lacquer now to the Hammerite too but I am not sure how it would react.

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Posted: 27.02.2024  ·  #2
I assume you did the job with the wheels in place.
Note to all:
A friend once got his wheels painted while off the vehicle and one fell off a few hundred kilometers later and the other three were found to be loose.
Paint put on where the studs interfaced with the wheels broke down and acted like a lubricant resulting in the studs losing their tightness and slowly parting ways with the hub :o o.O


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Posted: 28.02.2024  ·  #3
Not only were the wheels still in place, the van was doing about 60 mph at the time. Just kidding. Yes no wheels removed. I've decided at this stage that when the next opportunity in weather presents itself, I'll apply the wheel paint over the Hammerite.

I see lots of bad reviews on Hammerite on forums, in general. Especially when it comes to durability and I have read that lacquers can react with it. I'll give the Hammerite a sanding to apply a key. It will be well cured by then I'm sure.

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