How To: Make Hub Caps Hip
Maxwell Ryan
Feb 19, 2009

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Title: Hip Hub Caps
Name: Erin
Time: About 2 hours (includes time to let paint dry)
Cost: $10

Inspired one day when biking home and almost running over a hub cap, Erin found the cap beautiful and promptly found two more to showcase in her home. Click above for the pics and head below for all the instructions. Give Erin a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....


An old hubcap, scrubby sponge, cardboard, newspaper, or something to protect your floor/lawn, spray paint in desired color, epoxy, mixing tray for epoxy (a paper plate will work too), and an epoxy stirrer (I used a disposable fork).

1. Clean you hub cap thoroughly with the sponge and warm water. If you want to spend the extra money, you can also buy hubcap cleaner at your local auto shop, but it's not necessary.

2. When the hub cap is clean and dry, take it outside, or into a well ventilated area. Put down your cardboard, hub cap, and then spray paint away. It may require more than one coat to cover evenly.

3. When the paint it dry, break out your epoxy. Any brand will do (I used the cheap hardware store brand and it held just fine). Mix the two polymers together thoroughly on a DISPOSABLE surface. Some brands come with a tray you can use, others don't. I mixed mine in the tray provided with a disposable fork.

4. When the epoxy is mixed, spread it on the areas of the hub cap you'll be adhering the mirror to. Work quickly - some epoxies dry fast. When the area is well coated, place the mirror on the adhesive.

5. Allow epoxy to dry overnight (just to be safe), and then hang in desired area. Viola - the perfect piece of homemade decor for the car lover in all of us.


I was inspired to create this project when, while riding my bike home from class one day, I almost ran over a hub cap that someone had left lying on the curb. I took it home with me, and it looked so cool on my wall that I went to a junkyard and bought two more.

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