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Removing baby moons

Anybody know the correct or best way to remove baby moons off powder coated wheels. The moons are fairly new and they aren't what you call heavy gauge metal. Afraid to use a screw driver as I might damage the powder coating or even dent the cap. I've been told to use some kind of a heavy duty screwdriver shaped plastic tool (something they use on door panels). Anybody know where I can get something like that?

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I've used an awl like this and slipped a small vac hose over the end onto the curve to remove caps before.
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Or you might find something here.
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I was going to say a rubberized coated flathead .

Or use a Flathead...wrap electrical tape or wire shrink around 3"s up. Heat until soft press on flat surface rotate repeat. Repeat entire process if it melts or gets chipped during pressing.
It may seem like a cheesy kind of tool but it might work plus im kind of a cheapo in a way I could buy one that is made for such things but if I can make something out of stuff I have ill do it lol. I use this method alot with prying things around glass and fabric covered pieces so no rips or drag marks in the fabric

This just hit me never tried it but might work for your application. Either find a small rod with a round tip or take a 1/4" extension and round the end on it like a ball.

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I have used my prybar and placed a shop towel on the area I was prying against and it worked out for me..Never thought of a special tool..

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I have a Street Rodder from a few months ago with a diagram of how to make a tool for this. I'll try to remember to post it tonight.

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The early VWs had two small holes in the edge of their hubcaps (similar to baby moons) and v-shaped wire that looped over the lug wrench handle with ends that went into the hole in the cap. Here's the tool: Air Cooled VW Hubcap Removal Tool - Air Cooled VW Mid America Motorworks
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I imagine the holes were at least 3/16" in size. I would also guess that possibly dust, dirt, water would find its way into these holes and load up the hubcap.
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More like 1/8" - two of them about 3/4" apart. I don't remember dust/dirt being a problem on the VWs.
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Thanks Martinsr for the article. Ingenuity in action. An observation......you would have to make one for each wheel that had a different offset....n'est pas?
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Yep I guess you would. Make one for the deepest wheel first and see if it works on the others. If nothing else you put a block of wood under it against the tire to make the wheel "deep".

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What gauge should the steel be?
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What gauge should the steel be?
I would be in favor of making the steel part from a piece of leaf spring..better steel and holds a temper better..Need a bit of forging skill though..

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