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  • Dumb Question.... Hubcap Removal

    How in the devil do you remove dog dish caps without scratching painted wheels?
    1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon


  • #2
    Very carefully. One way is to take something like a small plastic putty knife, or something like that which is a little easier on paint, and work an edge loose and pull the rest of the hub cap off by hand.
    Chris Dresbach

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    • #3
      I've got an old crowsfoot prybar that I dipped in plasti-dip that works smurfectly.
      http://datinmanspeaks.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        Thanks guys! Good thing spray paint is cheap and I can touch up the scratches this go around. But next time I will be ready with a proper tool
        1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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        • #5
          Brake adjusting tools work real good.
          1961 Hawk ...4-Speed;4bc;Twin Traction

          Ken Byrd
          Lewisville,NC

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          • #6
            I slip a motel room key card up against the wheel and use a flat bladed screwdriver.
            Just rotate the screwdriver blade against the plastic card to pry the hubcap over the detents.
            Never have scratched the paint on a wheel this way.
            Jeff
            HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

            Jeff


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            • #7
              Any thin piece of plastic can be used to protect the paint. At this time of year, I like to use my wifes credit cards. Ther are some lug wrenches that have a hook at the end instead of just being wedge shaped. They will get under the cap a little better and leave room for the plastic protector.
              sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
              1950 Champion Convertible
              1950 Champion 4Dr
              1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
              1957 Thunderbird

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              • #8
                I have a couple nylon sticks used by glass installers.
                They work great!
                Good Roads
                Brian
                Brian Woods
                woodysrods@shaw.ca
                1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cultural infidel View Post
                  Thanks guys! Good thing spray paint is cheap and I can touch up the scratches this go around. But next time I will be ready with a proper tool
                  SI even sells the correct color wheel paint! $12.50/can
                  Chris Dresbach

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
                    I have a couple nylon sticks used by glass installers.
                    They work great!
                    Good Roads
                    Brian
                    One of my favorite tools for a myriad of jobs, auto-related or not!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by thunderations View Post
                      At this time of year, I like to use my wifes credit cards.
                      Now that there is funny.........
                      Jon Stalnaker
                      Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                      • #12
                        I use a seal puller and a small piece of 1x2 wood to remove the "baby moons" from the Wheelvintique wheels (internal retaining humps). That method should work equally as well on "dog dish" caps.

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                        • #13
                          a rag and a flat bladed crow-bar....

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                          • #14
                            Never a dumb question,
                            Not asking is dumb
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                            • #15
                              Well I'm going to pick up a small pry-bar and give that a go with the rag. Somewhere during one of my 7 moves in the past 7 years I have lost mine, along with many other tools.
                              1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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