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So I've managed to grab four steelies with Conti winter tyres fitted for the princely sum of £80 - bargain! They're a bit rusty, so I'll need to sort them out before winter time, which leads to a key question - what colour to paint them!

My current thought is gunmetal (or brake-dust!) grey - I'm not a big one for obsessively washing cars, so if I can avoid it looking dirty that's a big plus! Anyone else run steelies over winter (or at all) and have some photos?
 

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Get some plastic wheel trims, save you painting them.
 
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Euro car parts where having a sale on wheel trims but not sure about 17" if that's the size you have.
 

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The ones I've got are 16" - maximum squish!

Just finished cleaning them up by sanding and applying Kurust, already miles better looking!
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The wife wants silver wheels so I got some Simoniz wheel paint, will see how we get on!
 

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If 16" wheels are not listed in your handbook then you should notify your insurance company you have swapped them. We all know why you have swapped them but as UK law doesn't call for the mandatory fitting of winter tyres then your insurance company will class it as a modification which is notifiable if different to manufacturers recommendations.
 

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Thanks for the heads up!
Most people wouldn't or don't bother as I didn't when I upgraded my 16" wheels to 17" on my Mazda 6 but only because 17" were listed in the handbook. However when I changed to winter tyres for a european trip i did tell them because the tyres were only H rated for speed which was lower than the recommended spec. It didn't cost me anything.
 

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Bit of progress made at the weekend - starting to look OK!

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Just leaned up against the car to get an idea here.
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Bit rough and ready, but at the end of the day they're winter wheels, not concourse steelies!
 

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I touch the inside face of the rims with smooth hammerite after the spring change over, and I use dull silver trims.
My son keeps reminding me to not put trims on and leave the black exposed. No thanks
 

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A good job your car isn't white haha. You done a good job in painting the wheels but the jury is out on whether the steel wheels improve the look of your car or not. If it keeps her safer with them on then that's all that matters.
 

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could use cable ties to keep the trims on the wheels,,but safety comes first.

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A good job your car isn't white haha. You done a good job in painting the wheels but the jury is out on whether the steel wheels improve the look of your car or not. If it keeps her safer with them on then that's all that matters.
Agreed, it's not a look I would naturally go for! I would have preferred alloys, but for the price I'll put up with her car looking a bit odd for a few months a year :D
 

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Agreed, it's not a look I would naturally go for! I would have preferred alloys, but for the price I'll put up with her car looking a bit odd for a few months a year :D
I know, it isn't about the look. I went to Austria some years ago in march when winter wheels are mandatory and most have steel wheels for winter.
 
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