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Horn Ring Finish (Chrome or Paint)

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by ChrisR, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. ChrisR

    ChrisR Platinum Level Sponsor

    Does anybody know how SV Horn Rings were finished when new? The outer ring was chrome. But what about the 2 spokes? Were they originally chromed too or were they painted black? Mine are black but need repainting or maybe re chroming. If painted, was it gloss or matt finish?
    Seems a bit odd to have 2 painted spokes of the horn ring covering the spokes on the steering wheel when the 2 spokes of the wheel itself are chrome.
    Thanks, Chris
  2. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    Yeah, black originally. I like a semi-gloss look. Not sure if that's correct or not.
  3. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Semigloss black for the straight spokes. Krylon semi-flat black works nicely.
  4. greenbean

    greenbean Donation Time

    I actually found the Krylon High Temp BBQ paint to be a perfect match, well at least for my old eyes, lol.
    puff4 likes this.
  5. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    So the aftermarket, totally chromed (or maybe SS rods) horn rings are not true to the original?

  6. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    There are actually two aftermarket horn rings. The ones that you buy from SS are the all chrome
    ones that you have to assemble and adjust ( and yes paint for originality) they have a solid thick
    ring that's larger than the original ( stronger too)

    The other ring available is from Classic Sunbeam. It's the one produced by Rootes Post in Holland.
    They have a very nice ring that's almost spot on to the original. The spokes are already painted and
    it comes fully assembled ready to bolt ( rather screw) onto your steering wheel.
    I think cost is very similar too.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2020
  7. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

    Only one data point - my original series V horn ring has faded black paint on the center bars. Not much sheen on the paint. It looks like paint on top of chrome. It is on my to-do list to repaint.


  8. ChrisR

    ChrisR Platinum Level Sponsor

    If I take a picture of my car from the same position, you would not know the difference between the two. (apart from the Dash pad). I imagine if I carefully remove all the remaining paint, there a decent shiny surface underneath?.... or maybe not.

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