Well if you look in my sig, those are painted black ES rims. I basically sanded them down, then hit them with Duplicolor wheel coating, satin black and clear. I think the same thing works with hubcaps, I'm not sure. Whatever you would use, make sure it's good for high heat.
whats the reasoning behind wreckers have something? just curious
Well you might be able to pick up a hub cap for about $10-15, that's all. If you do decide to paint, clean them really well. Fish eyes appear like crazy if there's any brake dust, silicones (from waxes, tire cleaners, etc) and road grime.
Heat shouldn't be too much of an issue. If it were, you'd roast your hands on the rims after a drive. At the most the hub might feel warm. If it's hot enough to burn paint, you've got bigger problems (ie siezed caliper, dry hub, etc). I've painted badly oxidized/corroded aluminum rims with regular RC white and never had any issues other than the fish-eye issue, even after cleaning, but the aluminum was in rough shape though.
Hence the easy way out by hitting the wreckers for a cheap, labor free hub cap
i did a set for my stang a few years back for winter, i used oven cleaner to remove old paint didnt harm the plastic then hung them and hit them with a rattle can. thought you had rims on your car john ?
Yeah, I added the part you removed/edited out. I did the wheel painting way back when I had my 92 Z24... Old aluminum Breretta GT Rims. (at $50 for a set of 4 I didn't care what kind of shape they were in LOL). Mine are the polycast rims right now, for now ;)
I painted my hub cap that I use as winter caps, instead of my chromies.
They held up good for a whole winter so far. I used duplicolor and painted after sanding. I followed with clear coat. They match the car and look good. The centers I painted with color changing paint. Holds up good.
I painted mine(exactly what you have) though I had it done in a more professional way. I sanded them down myself. Took forever. Was about 30 minutes at least a cap. Then they where sprayed with some silver paint and then clear coated. The didn't turn out to bad at all but some of the clear ran. It is possible but after all was done I think I might of just bought some off line even though they usually don't use the same thickness and use a cheaper material then stock.
I would of just spent 20 bucks on a new set at wal-mart or some auto part store. If you really want to paint them use a high heat primer and then you can use pretty much any kind of paint for the color then use the high heat clear to protect it.
Yeah, those fortress hubcaps are a problem with the paint. My brother's 97 Trep has those hubcaps. I took them off and sanded them a bit and painted them. They look a bit better, but I think the paint is starting to flake again. I would say the best bet is to repaint them yourself. Chances are that you would run into the same problem with junkyard hubcaps.