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Adding stripes to NASCAR wheels

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Does anyone have a good method for adding the thin red or yellow stripes to the edges of modern NASCAR wheels? If so, how about sharing? Thanks.

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I've used some shiny card stock and brushed on colour, then simply placed the wheel face down to transfer the paint from the card to the wheel. A little bit of practice and you get nice even paint edges, though it's only on the outside edge of the rim.

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I have accomplished this by thinning down the stripe colour and running a pin wash around the recessed ring...

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A couple of coats and the colour strengthens... Good luck:)

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For my 1/32 scale Kyle Petty wagon, I lathe-cut a groove in the wheel rim and glued in (via liquid cement) a length of heat-stretched red plastic sprue. But liquid solvent glue can melt that kind of thin sprue if you put a hair too much down, so an alternative is super glue. A person would have to experiment for a while with this technique, but it is a way to get consistent color and stripe width all the way around. Looks like after a couple of decades, the top center-right section of my 'stripe' has started to lift out of the groove just a tad.

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I start with a white wheel.  If it is molded in white plastic, that is where I start.  If it is molded in another color, I paint it flat white.  Then I paint the wheel with a flat black enamel.  When the wheel is fully dry, I take an X-acto knife and using a very shallow angle, I scrape the black paint off until I get to the white.  This takes some practice and don't scrape more than an 1/8" at a time.  When the wheel is done, I use a red or yellow marker and color the stripe.  I then use a semi - gloss clear and detail the wheel.

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