I had my 61 aero wheel recast at D & D in Mt. Airy NC. They sent samples chips of the center bar color and gave me the option of color flakes in the clear rim. I got to choose what I wanted. Because the center was a hunter green color I opted for green and gold flakes in the rim. Steering wheels shouldn't be painted, IMO. They can chip or have the finish rubbed off as you are experiencing. I don't agree exactly. If done correctly there is little chance of damage in normal use. Painting with automotive grade base/clear coat is a good option for a driver that one doesn't want to invest a grand into a steering wheel. I've had very positive results with this method.