Wheel refurb. Before / After

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    Thought I would show you my wheels before and after.
    They took around two weeks each , one at a time. They where in a bad way when I bought the car,
    First they were stripped, sent to the powdercoaters who dipped and bathed them in a mild acid based liquid. Then baked. Followed by sand bast. I fancied a change to the silver and went for a Lamborghini colour.
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    On return I replaced the rear tyres from 225/45r17 to a slightly wider 235/45r17. The result was this.

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    AFTER

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    then centres replaced with darker AMG (rep) ones

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    They are so easy to clean due to the thick paint, so no excuse for dirty wheels anymore! :)
     
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    Sorry I prefer the original, with a chrome shiney rim :)
     
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    They are a bit marmite , But suit the car colour I think, Bonus thing is, as they have been refurb well, Its not a massive job to paint.
     
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    I prefer the new colour, I've always liked the 'gun-metal grey' look.
     
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    I also prefer the new colour, gunmetal and the black AMG centre :thumb:
     
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    Is that some dirt by the tyre valve? :D

    Not sure the gunmetal does it for me but difficult to tell without a picture of the whole car.

    Also is the car an AMG? - Pet hate of mine is "false" badges on cars (although in my youth I must confess to taking a tuned mark 1 escort mexico and rebadging it as a "1.1L" to make people feel doubly bad when it beat them from the lights!)
     
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    Hi, nope the car is not a AMG , but when looking for caps, I thought these would suit it better as they are now not standard, And yep, a trip to Scotland plus a muddy field has left bits of muck around and about, Will be minting back up this weekend.. ( here is a side pic for you pre centre caps fitted)

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    Black Mercedes centre caps would look better, Part number B66470200
     
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    Had a quick glance and they look smart, but is that £53 each?
     
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    no £12 each from the dealer!
     
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    Oh, Thats not to bad, wonder if my trade discount can work its wonders.. hummmm
     
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    no harm in asking! im sure 10% wouldnt be an issue for them, just mention you are a member of mercedes club ;)
     
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    Thats not a bad idea. I was looking at carbon fibre with chrome star, But they looked a bit cheap..

    We supply them with parts , so I would hope for at least 40% ;)
     
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    Thanks for posting the pic of the whole car.

    Looks a lot better, although I am still not a massive fan. I guess I must have been "conditioned" to Mercedes silver wheels. Probably means I dont like change:eek:!

    At the end of the day, it is what you think that counts and if when you look at it, it gives you a buzz, then that is what it's all about. Enjoy it:thumb:
     
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    Cheers, nice avatar by the way ;)
     
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    After 24 hours of them fitted, The centres are not growing on me, In fact I really dislike them and think they make wheels look small, and take away the great job on the refurb, So I have ordered some A22040001259771
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    I am going to paint the silver part to a graphite colour to match the wheels, I shall keep you posted...
     
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    Get the lips cut and different caps, shorter valve stems and then they will look great IMO :thumb:
     
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    Ok, quick update:
    New caps have landed
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    Started stripping the chrome star off ready for painting the cap itself in the same colour as the wheels..

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    more pics to follow!
     
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