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Old 05-22-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Overlays on new Rota Z centercaps

So I have looked at a million threads on the older rota centercaps, peeling the top layer and yada yada... However I have the newer caps pictured below. I already purchased some vinyl overlays that will stop at the outer ring. I figure that I should fill the rota logo before putting on the vinyl, but what should I fill it with? Epoxy? Plastic filler? Bondo? My own tears? Blood of virgins? But seriously...

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Old 05-23-2014, 12:23 AM   #2
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #3
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Not exactly what I was looking for/asking. Thanks though? Lol
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Haha, apparently he thinks you just need some sti vinyls for the cap. I get what you're asking but the real question is do you need to fill them? If the sunken lettering is that deep I could see using any kind of auto body filler to fill it in, and then sand it smooth. Just make sure it's cured before sanding and then use some isopropyl alcohol to clean it so the dust from sanding doesn't cause the new overlay to peel. Hope I helped!
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I think the guy who posted the link meant that if you go with the gel style then you won't need to fill. If you use strictly vinyl you will need to fill for sure, but the gel ones are pretty rigid and thick and the embossed "ROTA" lettering wouldn't have any effect on it.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:00 PM   #6
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Haha, apparently he thinks you just need some sti vinyls for the cap. I get what you're asking but the real question is do you need to fill them? If the sunken lettering is that deep I could see using any kind of auto body filler to fill it in, and then sand it smooth. Just make sure it's cured before sanding and then use some isopropyl alcohol to clean it so the dust from sanding doesn't cause the new overlay to peel. Hope I helped!
Thanks. This is what I was thinking.


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I think the guy who posted the link meant that if you go with the gel style then you won't need to fill. If you use strictly vinyl you will need to fill for sure, but the gel ones are pretty rigid and thick and the embossed "ROTA" lettering wouldn't have any effect on it.
Im pretty sure you are right. But I already purchased overlays that match my front and rear emblems so don't really want to buy any more.
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i did mine on my tarmacs with overlays.i have the older smooth ones. i think you will be fine if you lay yours on and stretch it flat. you wont see the grooves.
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Are he center caps plastic? I had a similar issue when I put Hummer H3 wheels onto my Nissan pickup. The center caps all said Hummer, so I bought JB Weld PlatiWeld. It is a putty, and when you knead it, it activates. You can then press it down into the lettering. When it drys, you can sand it. I then finished it with a skim coat of body filler. Came out pretty good, and I have had no issues with it cracking.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #9
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Are he center caps plastic? I had a similar issue when I put Hummer H3 wheels onto my Nissan pickup. The center caps all said Hummer, so I bought JB Weld PlatiWeld. It is a putty, and when you knead it, it activates. You can then press it down into the lettering. When it drys, you can sand it. I then finished it with a skim coat of body filler. Came out pretty good, and I have had no issues with it cracking.
Nice. I think I may even have some of that putty in my garage. Think I will try this. Will update next weekend once complete.
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