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    jmanny is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Center Caps

    I just purchased a 2005 SRX with 90k. It is great shape and drives awesome. I did just need to replace the battery but had a heck of a time finding one that didn't cost $180 looked hard but no luck.

    I have a question for you seasoned SRX owners. The center caps on the 17" wheels are painted plastic. The paint is peeling off of them and I thought I would take them off, rough them up a little and repaint. I have visited numerous auto parts stores but none seem to have the correct paint or tell me that I will never match the finish and should just buy new center caps. I think that I could paint them.

    My question is does anyone know the correct paint to use for this and has anyone ever done it?

    Thanks for any responses.

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    Re: Center Caps

    You do not state if its OEM, anyway what color, does it really matter if its just a slight shade off? Most center caps steer your eyes off the wheels with logos, does yours have the caddy logo?

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    Re: Center Caps

    Sorry, they are OEM wheels. I will attach a picture to show what I'm talking about.

    105.jpg

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    Re: Center Caps

    As far as the battery goes, the group 101 battery is expensive but many people are using the group 78 battery that is 1/4" taller with good results. Just make sure it is at least the same cold cranking amp (CCA) rating as the OEM battery.

    Here in the bay area there are automotive paint suppliers that can color match the paint if they have a sample to work with and even put it in a spray can for you. Also, you might get lucky and find a cheap set on ebay.

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    Re: Center Caps

    Thanks, I will check out ebay and the automotive paint stores.

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    Re: Center Caps

    For what it's worth - I ordered from the following for a cap for my son's Scion - don't remember the cost, seemed reasonable

    http://www.centercaps.net/

    Good luck

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    Re: Center Caps

    If you paint them... you'll likely need a good "adhesion promotor" for plastic parts. Otherwise it won't last. Bulldog is a fairly popular brand in spray can.

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    Re: Center Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by maddoggyusa View Post
    If you paint them... you'll likely need a good "adhesion promotor" for plastic parts. Otherwise it won't last.
    I agree and the "adhesion promoter" that is the overwhelming favorite and inexpensive as well is called Primer. The real key to a great paint job is a good prep job to start with. No "adhesion promoter" can make up for that.

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    Re: Center Caps

    I ended up getting Primer and paint from CarQuest, 15 bucks and it seems to have worked well. Not quite a perfect match but I can't tell when I'm driving.

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    Re: Center Caps

    Please don't try and look at your wheels while driving ,you might get into an accident and kill someone or yourself!!! LOL (Sorry, I couldn,t pass it up!)

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