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Wheel colour change

Discussion in 'AMG Lounge' started by BIRMA, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. BIRMA

    BIRMA Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I've decided to change the wheel colour on my car since picking the car up I've not really liked the smoked type colour finish so decided to get them done in a lighter colour.
    This is before.
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    This is after

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  2. John

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    The problem with that smoke look is they look slightly dirty.

    Prefer them the brighter colour. :thumb:
     
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    Very subtle. Can barely tell the difference

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    I agree that was my thinking too no matter how you cleaned them they looked as if brake dust had formed the colour. Mind you I expect they will show the brake dust more now.
     
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    The Wheel Specialist offered a very glittery silver finish but I thought it would look too bling.
     
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    You could have done them in silver..!!!
     
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    A rather darker smoked colour - but not black! - might set off a silver car better, but the only way to find out is to try it. My silver E55K estate looked fine with those same wheels, but in a dark metallic finish called, I think, Anthracite. They looked as though they were meant to be that colour, rather than possibly a little dirty.
     
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    I'm a fan of anthracite too. - Obviously it's down to personal taste.
     
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    Funnily enough I nearly bought a black Porsche with anthracite wheels I think it suits black better.
    If I'd have had a black CL I'd have gone for this colour combination I had on my old track day car
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    I photoshopped a couple of colours but found I liked a lighter silver in fact when you look along the car in sunlight they are very near the colour of the car just a few shades lighter.
    On the US forum there is a guy who has fitted some chrome wheels to a CL at first I thought yuk but they actually grow on you but still too pimp my ride for me.
     
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    David were the wheels powdercoated, painted or a combination of both? Mine still have the diamond cut finish and one is suffering a bit from the white death so will have to be redone at some point. I see Inchcape now offer a diamond cutting service.
     
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    I think the new colour suits the car perfectly :thumb:

    As to a black car, I too am a fan of anthracite wheels - had it done on mine:

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    It was also quite good on my old grey W168, in my opinion:

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    That's one of the reasons I went for a plain overall colour as I'd heard a few comments about diamond cut finishes doing exactly that. It's powder coating and sprayed clear finish.
    I asked them to pay particular attention to the inner wheel because with the light/thin spoke design you can see into the inner wheel surface and I have to say they have done a very good job, if I were being very picky in places it is bordering on orange peel but not enough to moan about. I've just finished applying some Poorboys wheel wax and had the chance to examine the work in detail and I'm very pleased for a £400 job.
    Some time ago they matched the factory colour on my Alpine A610 wheels to a perfect match and finish so both myself and many local car owners rate them very highly
     
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    If I have to get mine done, I might consider a colour change - the of the wheels in your pictures, GLK, looks amazing on black!

    :thumb:

    By white death, do you mean oxidisation?

    I have a spot of this on at least one of my wheels. Hardly noticeable most of the time but I can see them only going one way...

    Is there a known cause for it or is it just the nature of the beast and / or cost-cutting by MB again?
     
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    Yes it's oxidisation apparently caused by damp getting under the clearcoat or the clear being damaged. I'm surprised the finish on mine has lasted as long as it has at 8 years. I intend to Dremel the oxide off and then try to touch up with clear as a temporary measure but I guess that all 4 will need doing at some point. Not sure how I will approach it yet though, since I like the factory finish.
     
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    Gray metallic with a good quality clear coat finish to me.
     
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    Can diamond cut alloys be changed to a different finish say like those pictures in GLK's post?

    Or does it have to be re-diamond cut?
     
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    As far as I know you don't have to have them diamond cut after painting, I believe its an extra as you have to have part of the surface removed by a lathe type tool then sealed with clear coat https://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/
     
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    No you don't need to have the wheels re done with a diamond cut finish.

    I have just had a set of Mini wheels done without the diamond cut.

    I hate wheels with this type of finish as they all go manky after a couple of years and then make the car look rough.

    If you want to keep the standard look on the wheel then get them to do the diamond cut parts in silver.
     
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    I don't like the diamond cut finish.

    Looks a bit cheap to me.

    I'm not too bothered about keeping the look standard as such.

    The wheels are MB OEM which is my only requirement.
     

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