I had a pile of 22 hubcaps, and wanted to take them all apart for repainting, installing new medallions, and possibly refinishing the centers as well.. a quarter of these hubcaps came apart effortlessly. The others - forget it ! I then had to figure out a way to disassemble the reluctant ones, without damage to the shell or aluminium center "gear" . It was not an easy task .
First, let's analyze the hubcap and its components: please click HERE to see - and understand - how one of these hubcaps is put together !
Forget about heating in oven - we tried that . Forget about dipping in a vat of oil . We tried that . We also cursed, yelled and screamed, but that didn't help . So we then had to figure out a way to get it apart, without damaging either the aluminium gear, or the hubcap shell....
Please click HERE to see what we figured out !