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Wheel refurb (long)



Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Ok so I decided to refurb my wheels… After a lot of deliberation and catching a glimpse of my car in a petrol station, I decided to go with silver wheels. Largely due to the way the silver in the dual optics goes with the silver in the wheels very well.
First off, had to take off all the wheels by myself and then fit some 13” steelies. This was a seriously long task to do totally alone, especially when not feeling to well.
So after giving the wheels a mega wash, (no pics of this it was cold and I was wet) here they stood in the garage, looking very shiny and making me not want to go ahead with the whole thing.
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So I removed the kerbing from the two that had some damage with some very rough paper and then gradually worked the marks out with finer grits. Then sanded the whole lot down with an 800 grit, again a time consuming process, but I hope it’ll be worth it. Finally I used gaffa tape and some news paper to cover the tyres.

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Then I set up my super awesome, expensive, dryer. (yes it’s an old electric fire)
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I primed up all 4 wheels, but one of them for some reason had some bad bubbling, and where the lacquer underneath was awful it gave a bad result. I also totally forgot to do the centre caps… doh!
Fine one
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Bad one
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Unfortunately this set me back a day, So I rubbed the bad wheel back and checked the other for any imperfections, and then re-sprayed the bad one. All four were now good….
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Whilst I was at it I decided to rub down and prime up the centre caps

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So now I decided to paint the wheels in a lovely Simonez bright silver alloy wheel paint, the covering of this stuff out the can was amazing and I was really impressed with the finish, unfortunately at this stage I totally forgot to take pictures, which is a real bummer but I’ll get to that in a minute.
So after letting the paint dry for a day I applied liberal amounts of lacquer to the wheels and centre caps, at this point I c**ked up, put too much lacquer on one centre cap and got some serious run-age. So this had I had to wait for this to dry and go through the whole process again as I sanded it back to far when trying to correct my mistake (kill me)
Now the wheels look like this:
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I wish I had taken pictures before as they were a serious amount lighter than this, and the lacquer has made them VERY dark. Fortunately I’m quite keen on the colour anyways, but I do wish they were the initial colour of the paint. (A lovely, VERY bright silver)

These will be fitted along with lowering springs (finally) this week. w00p
 
  Dynamique Flamer
Awesome, I couldn't do my wheels myself would be a nightmare LOL

But good work, can't wait to see them on the car :)
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Looks good, don't think I would have the patience for this.

Tbh at some points I did start to lose the will to live!!

But for anyone that wants to try it, once you've got the prep work done, the rest is a joy!!! The spraying is pretty easy, quick and fun in a weird way and the results are great.

Mike if some 182 wheels come up at the right price I may be letting these go so I'll keep you in mind.
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Cheers, I've just been speaking to a friend who is convinced that if I sand the lacquer back with some 2000 grit and then really polish them up I should get a brighter colour and a nice shine!?

Is he nuts?
 
Looks a good result. Love the final colour tbh.

Know what you mean about it being fun to do. Loving doing mine.
 
  clio 172 phase 2
Cheers, I've just been speaking to a friend who is convinced that if I sand the lacquer back with some 2000 grit and then really polish them up I should get a brighter colour and a nice shine!?

Is he nuts?
Nice job mate! Looks good and takes a hell of a lot of patience. Your mate is right, start with 2000 grit, then finish with 2500 grit (Wet-sand). This will give a glass like finish to the laquer and bring the alloy nearer to the colour of the silver you originaly applied. Finaly buff with a polishing compound. Takes more time but if done correct should look perfect;)
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Nice job mate! Looks good and takes a hell of a lot of patience. Your mate is right, start with 2000 grit, then finish with 2500 grit (Wet-sand). This will give a glass like finish to the laquer and bring the alloy nearer to the colour of the silver you originaly applied. Finaly buff with a polishing compound. Takes more time but if done correct should look perfect;)

Cheers for the advise, any suggestion on what polishing compound to use? Or an example of one at least so I pick up the right thing?
 
  clio 172 phase 2
Just go to Halfords mate and you will find what u need there.. Any make will do just make sure its not a harsh one. Hope all goes well, as said before u have done a great job, and if done right u will have the colour alloy's u desire.
 
  Ph1.2 / VW Polo
i refurbed my own wheels
such a good feeling when there finished.

sanding is a real pain having to do it 4 times.

but youve saved ALOT of money in the end.
 
  330i. E30 Touring.
Not worth the hassle, imo.

Getting 'em professionally done and balanced costs £160.

Saying that, those do look good..
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Just go to Halfords mate and you will find what u need there.. Any make will do just make sure its not a harsh one. Hope all goes well, as said before u have done a great job, and if done right u will have the colour alloy's u desire.

Cheers for the help mate.

Budgie, I am pretty much flat broke, I'm still looking for a job, so it certainly wasnt £160 I'd have to spend. It was a pain sanding that, but afterwards the sense of achievement it well worth it.


Cheers for the comments everyone, these will be polished up and put on the car tmrw or friday :) So pics to follow.
 

Daz.

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 200 RS EDC
gonna bugger you up getting new tyres though - you should have took the wheel weights off before you painted them!
 

Daz.

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 200 RS EDC
well not bugger you up they can just add extra weights to balance it, just a shame its on they f'ugly in my opinion!
 


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