Alloy wheels refurb

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  1. ivandraganov

    ivandraganov Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Ain't pro but decided to give it a go,will post my progress.First step sanding,any advice on what paint,colour,clear I should go for...
     

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    I did a set of w124 8 hole alloys and used autoglym wheel silver which was a great colour match for the standard Mercedes silver, mist coat then 2 wet coats, let them dry for 24 hrs then flatted with 2000 grit wet, then used spraymax 2k aerosol clear. They came up very well. The autoglym is a single stage silver so can be flatted with no problems.

    I did a set before that and used upol aerosol clear, which looked great but the clear was a bit too soft for the man handling provided by tyre fitters. The spraymax 2k clear has so far proved much tougher.
     
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    ivandraganov Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    All primed,man the refurb is a time consuming job should have left to professionals.thinking of using 2k lacquer on top of single stage solvent base.Any problems with that?
     

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    dokalj Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Looking good so far and I am eagerly awaiting your next progress photos.
     
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    ivandraganov Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    In Silver now,friend sudgested I painted it in Black but I'd already bought the silver.May be next time in black...
     

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    Looks good.

    Certainly saved yourself a few quid there too...
     
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    Looking good there. Not exactly a ten minute job though is it. :)

    I did a set for a Subaru Outback I had a few weeks ago. In reality I should have left them to a professional, not just time wise but also expense when you factor in the cost of the materials (rubbing down paper, primer, paint lacquer et al) yet the satisfaction you get from seeing the finished result outweighs all the above.

    I swore I'd never attempt another one, though I presently have a 15" Renault wheel in my garage which belongs to the apprentice/improver at my local garage. Started with it yesterday but have had to leave it due to other commitments till after the holiday.

    I hope I can get the finish you seem to have achieved with yours. :)
     
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    ivandraganov Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Probably won't do it again,it's time consuming job,and yet after all that time spend sanding there are still lots of imperfections.I don't mind that,but the question is how long the paint going to last before started peeling again...
     
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    That thought did cross my mind.

    I think you could get away with it with steel wheels on an old MKII Escort but on modern wheels I'm not so sure about longevity.

    What do the professionals do to them to get the finish to last - some sort of baking I wonder...
     
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    Meldrew2 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Usually, the pro's do powder coating - so yes, heat is part of the process.

    Powder coating - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Reminds me of CDT at school making a hacksaw in metalwork with a power-coated handle.
     

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