Resources Contact Us Home
Heat-resistant overlay for an automotive steel wheel

Image Number 4 for United States Patent #5630654.

A method for providing a decorative surface on a standard steel wheel, without requiring the use of the wheel in the production of the decorative surface. The decorative surface of this invention is provided by an overlay composed of a panel which is assembled to the surface of the wheel and which closely conforms to certain portions of the wheel, while being spaced apart from other portions of the wheel in order to form exterior surface contours which contribute an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the wheel. The overlay further includes a spacing feature disposed on the inboard surface of the overlay. The spacing feature is configured to mate with portions of the axial surface of the wheel so as to fill voids between the inboard surface of the panel and the axial surface of the wheel. In doing so, the spacing feature prevents moisture and dirt from becoming trapped within the void between the overlay and the wheel. The spacing feature can be formed as a discrete spacing member which is attached to the panel, or formed by depositing an adhesive material onto the panel, or formed as an integrally-formed surface feature projecting from the inboard surface of the panel. The resulting overlay is a unitary member which can be subsequently assembled as a discrete unit to the wheel.

  Recently Added Patents
Printing system, information processing apparatus, print job processing method, information processing method, program, and storage medium
Changing a system clock rate synchronously
Maltol ether processes and intermediates
Method for manufacturing non-volatile memory device, non-volatile memory element, and non-volatile memory device
Behavioral fingerprint based authentication
Dual functional medium shredding machine structure
Adjustable draw bar for trailer hitches
  Randomly Featured Patents
Human machine interface for an energy analytics system
Radio receiver for information dissemenation using subcarrier
Setting optimal boundary thresholds in a decoder for coded signal processing channels
Method, system, and apparatus for accepting transaction reservation, and recording medium
Process for making a paper based product containing a binder
Transaction arbiter system and method
Method for disposing of enameled wire scraps
Direct high flow aerosol-type valve with moveable cup
Gas cap removal alert system