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    I do not have a soft top on my car. I do have an old frame that needs a little TLC before a soft top can be installed. I'm also going to take an old steel wheel to get blasted and then powder-coated so my questions are two-fold.

    1) Any issues with powder-coating a top frame, or is it better to just have it painted black. Satin?
    2) I believe the silver on the original steel wheels is Argent, as in Hold you Head Up, but is there a modern color that is a match? I plan on having it blasted and pc'd.

    Danke,

  • #2
    I had the top frame on my 76 powder coated and am very glad I did. It's durable, looks great and will remain that way. No issues that I'm aware of other than it costs a bit more.
    Sorry, can't answer the 2nd question.

    Cheers,

    Wolf
    76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
    72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
    68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ralittle2 View Post
      I believe the silver on the original steel wheels is Argent

      Remember, the disk wheels were a flat factory brown on the inside.

      Brosky also had his top frame powder coated, and you know how meticulous he is.

      Walt
      CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
      poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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      • #4
        I had mine powder coated...don't have it installed yet, but it looks really nice.
        1970ish CC54713L
        HVDA Toyota 5spd
        Nissan Diff
        Miata Seats

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        • #5
          For those of you who have PC'd the hoodsticks, did you disassemble them or leave it assembled?
          CF28612UO - Pimento/Chestnut/Overdrive/Hardtop
          Folsom, CA - Yeah, near the prison!

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          • Derekmcallister
            Derekmcallister commented
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            I left mine assembled - the powder got into MOST of the joints. You can't really see where it didn't fully reach once it's all attached.

        • #6
          either way is fine, but I had mine powder coated here. ....no disassembly on frame
          He had done some other work for me. Retired cop sideline business...nice guy.

          https://dgspowdercoating.com/

          As Derekmcallister pointed out "the powder got into MOST of the joints. You can't really see where it didn't fully reach once it's all attached"


          Bruce
          1974 base TR6 Emerald Green "Emmy"
          (with J-O/D added)

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          • #7
            I've also heard the original wheel color was called Argent, which was the same name used by GM for Rally Wheels back in the day. One might assume the same color, but argent is just French for silver so not certain. Eastwood, and probably others, carry a "Rally Wheel" silver power, but on my monitor is doesn't look close. A shop should have samples on-hand, so you may want to take an old wheel to compare. You may get close but not exact. If you were doing a concours restoration you'd want to use paint. On wheels you don't want the powder too thick, or the paint can bridge and chip along the seam where the center meets the rim. I've no idea if powder coat affects the ability of the trim rings to stay gripped to the wheel.

            https://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-pow...tml?color=1034


            The only Argent Silver seen in paint code sites is for later Triumphs, and may not be the same. You normally don't find wheel paint codes in paint reference libraries.

            http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcod...=&sname=Argent Silver


            If you run a search at the top right using key words, you'll find numerous threads discussing powder coating wheels, many with pictures.
            Last edited by Petes TR6; 05-30-2019, 04:07 PM. Reason: added content

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            • #8
              For those that have powder coated, how much did that run you?

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              • #9
                I would have to look it up, but I am pretty sure it was $100.
                1970ish CC54713L
                HVDA Toyota 5spd
                Nissan Diff
                Miata Seats

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                • #10
                  Mine cost ~$100 CAD a few years ago.
                  Derek McAllister
                  Toronto
                  ’74 Sapphire blue CF22200U

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