Hi Kurt, thanks for the questions.
All of my wood graining is drawn by hand using a .05 technical pen. That includes any fake finger joints. I use measurements taken from nice original wheels and do my best to copy the wood grain pattern. The original wood graining was a photo etching process developed by Kodak in the early 60's. After the grain is completed I airbrush on several coats of clear acrylic urethane (Glsurit/BASF or RM brand clears)
Any details,l like the grooves on the Chevy wheels can be duplicated. It takes a lot more time and costs quite a bit more but it can be done. Because this style of wheel is being reproduced I have only worked on a couple of these wheels over the last 21 years.
Here are some examples of detail work that was worn almost smooth or had major cracks through it. As you can see, it can all be brought back, it just takes lots of time ... and more money
This is a Galaxy 500 wheel.
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