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I have a heavily modified 85 Fiero GT. It is triple black.

The wheels are currently silver mags.

I am thinking about a color change for showing it this summer. The engine (Carb'd Cadillac 4.9) is Ford blue with chrome & silver top end and blue wiring harness covers.

I am trying to decide if I should move to shiny black rims, or stick with the silver. Other options are out there though.

All suggestions welcome
 

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Black rims are totally played out if you ask me, never really liked it to begin with and really dislike it now.
Silver painted aluminum wheels is almost as bad.

Aluminum wheels should either be polished or brushed finished(Satin), with the only painted accent being allowed is spokes or bolt circle areas as an accent.

Gold anodize is only acceptable on certain old school vintage designs and some Special Edition factory wheels like Firebird/TA SE and Bandit wheels, or GTA types.

Gold plating is strictly Lowrider, Donk, or vintage classic luxury(Duesenberg/Packard/Auburn) territory.

Be careful with combining too many colors on one vehicle exterior and engine bay. Unless it is otherwise for a totally stock resto 3 is pushing it in most cases and 4 starts looking like a Ringling Brothers clown car.
 

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I'll give you an idea that hasn't been seen much in the last 50 years and still looks killer in my opinion, full Moons on a black car. I had a black '59 Studebaker Lark Regal 2-door hardtop in the early 60's, black with red leather, a 259 3-speed G/Stock car. It had black painted steel wheels (mags had not shown up in the aftermarket yet) with whitewalls and dog dish caps. I drilled the wheels for bolt-on full Moons attached with sheet metal screws and it was really eye catching. Each Moon takes 3 small screws to attach to the wheel.

And by the way, here's how to clean up an old set of Moons.....
Jack up the rear of the car and chock the front wheels. Bolt on a Moon. Start the motor and put the transmission in first gear or reverse gear so that the wheel will turn slowly at idle. Get a sheet of 80 grit wet/dry emery cloth and a can of WD40. Spray the Moon and the cloth with WD40 and sand the Moon, moving slowly from the edge to the center and back. You may have to do this on several passes to get the whole Moon sanded and get all the shiny spots off it. Keep the cloth and the Moon wet. When you have her all sanded, wash off the WD40 with soapy water and rinse clean. I can absolutely guarantee that you will turn some heads with this new look......well, new to today's crowd.
Just try it, you may start a new movement.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Spun-Aluminum-Disc-15-Inch-Wheel-Cover,39269.html
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachments/img141-jpg.456596/
http://www.mooneyes.co.jp/mxb/2010/0306/009.jpg
http://res.cloudinary.com/powerreviews/image/upload/f_auto,w_614,h_768/prod/a8qf3fuwdpxibuzhke2m.jpg

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thanks for some sanity

You are right

My wheels are currently Subaru 16's with silver finish.

I don't have the coin for chrome and I think it would be too flashy anyway.

They look okay with red calipers peeking out.

Maybe I'm just feeling winter frustration?
 

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I like moons on big cars, and sleds, but this is a sports car.

I'll give you an idea that hasn't been seen much in the last 50 years and still looks killer in my opinion, full Moons on a black car. I had a black '59 Studebaker Lark Regal 2-door hardtop in the early 60's, black with red leather, a 259 3-speed G/Stock car. It had black painted steel wheels (mags had not shown up in the aftermarket yet) with whitewalls and dog dish caps. I drilled the wheels for bolt-on full Moons attached with sheet metal screws and it was really eye catching. Each Moon takes 3 small screws to attach to the wheel.

And by the way, here's how to clean up an old set of Moons.....
Jack up the rear of the car and chock the front wheels. Bolt on a Moon. Start the motor and put the transmission in first gear or reverse gear so that the wheel will turn slowly at idle. Get a sheet of 80 grit wet/dry emery cloth and a can of WD40. Spray the Moon and the cloth with WD40 and sand the Moon, moving slowly from the edge to the center and back. You may have to do this on several passes to get the whole Moon sanded and get all the shiny spots off it. Keep the cloth and the Moon wet. When you have her all sanded, wash off the WD40 with soapy water and rinse clean. I can absolutely guarantee that you will turn some heads with this new look.
Just try it, you may start a new movement.

Spun Aluminum Disc 15 Inch Wheel Cover

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Have you thought about looking for some modern version of the '86 Fiero GT/Firebird GTA aluminum "laced"/Enkei style wheel, with black painted lace and polished rim edge in a more modern 17" or 18" size??
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/...Mj6fdUZSjf_HBT7dShYtDTwtgegIEHvHHhZmpnVD2OrRg
https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/...SeMW4KGsLrX55RolBEXQvF-TqJ7605XZ0biM-VhdHwsk1

Bad thing about the Fiero is a deep dished wheel looks out of place, so that killed my thought of the American Racing Salt Flats wheel or the old road race MiniLite wheel used on late 60's/early 70's Trans Am Series cars. Here is a modern Minilite, but with no dish to give the spokes a curve it just doesn't look right to me.
http://www.1010tires.com/images/wheels/super/Enkei-Compe-MGmetal_lg_super.jpg
 

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I'm not looking for a wheel change, It's more money than I want to spend. Nice thought though
 

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Have them powdercoated polished aluminum OR, break out some fine DRYWALL SANDING SCREEN and sand the paint off, then spend a long time with finer and finer scotchbrite pads. MAKE sure all your strokes go in the same direction., once you get to the finest scotchbrite available, use the Mothers powerball cone and their aluminum polishing compound. Wipe them down with lacquer thinner and then apply a good coat of Meguiars NXT liquid Tech Wax
 

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Here's my suggestion, try different colors out with a can of plastidip. It's like 7 bucks a can to give you an idea of what you like. After you decide, then Paint them or powdercoat. I do color changes on wheels on a weekly basis and it's hard to tell what might look cool just by imagination. Most customers like black. Gloss is most popular followed by flat black and graphite. Not saying your car would look good with those colors, just what's popular. If you go plastidip, make sure to spray enough coats as to peel off when you are finished in a thick coat. Too thin will have you breaking small pieces off vs one big coat.
 
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