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Author:  blade [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:51 pm ]
Post subject:  DIY Wheel Refurb

Hi all, just after atempting a refurb on my own wheels I thought I would do a guide for people to have a go at it themselfs. (1st guide so hope it is ok)

So here goes

Tools needed:

a variety of wet and dry sand paper, ranging from 80gritt to 1200gritt
primer
choise of wheel colour
laquer
filler (i used Davids Isopon P38)
thinners

To start off with I got my wheel and got the tyre taken off, and I had this
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I used 80gritt wet and dry sandpaper, and sanded the whole wheel down, inside and out. I then used some thinners and cleaned the whole wheel to get all the dirt and dust off the rim, I got he filler and placed it onto the kurbed mark on the rim, let it set and then sand with 300gritt wet paper, do this a few times to get all the imperfections out of the filler and to get the lines of the rim right. You then need to wet sand the whole wheel with anything above 300gritt, and clean off with thinners again to make sure the wheel is clean.
Now its time for some primer, dry your wheel a few light coats of primer, giving 15mins between each coat, and leave to dry, I left mine to dry overnight, then use your 1200gritt sand paper and wet sand the whole wheel untill really smooth.

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Now all that is done, make sure your wheel is clean, give it a few few coats of colour, leaving it 15mins between coats, make sure you cover all the wheel in equal layers, to get something like this

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Give it a slight rub down with 1200gritt wet, clean off and five it one last coat of colour, and then leave to dry over night.
Then it is time for the laquer, take you time with this as I manged to mess one wheel up by over spraying and causing runs, so spray very thin layers, untill you are happy with the outcome, i have done 2 coats, but i will do another and 2 coats on the inside of the wheel.

You should finally end up with something like this,
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Do the same to the rest of the wheels and then you are done to fit them to your car and show them off :D

cheers

:: blade ::

Author:  ChubbyJon [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:05 pm ]
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Nice guide there mate. 8-)

I've said it before, those wheels look sweeeeeet :drool:

Author:  blade [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:10 pm ]
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:) cheers mate

oh will have another update on my project si thread in a week or two :D

Author:  ChubbyJon [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:18 pm ]
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Nice one, anything you can tell us about now??? ;)

Author:  blade [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:31 pm ]
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well i could, but i dont wana, its about my 2.0 engine, aint gettin fitted yet tho :( but its a bit of progress tho :D youll find out when its finishd:)

Author:  onslack [ Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:51 pm ]
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excellent guide 8-)

Author:  Kel [ Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:14 pm ]
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excellent guide just wot i needed right now as im refurbing my alloys, tryin to restore my Si to its original condition
:D

Author:  happypaul [ Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:38 pm ]
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Is using filler a good way of sorting kerbed wheels?

I dont wanna do it, then find the filler dropping out the wheel after they are on the car :red:

Author:  blade [ Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: DIY Wheel Refurb

was alright, there wasnt that much filler to be honest, as i sanded the kurbing down, then fillered just to make it smooth, and has been fine,, the wheels have been dropped onto concrete a fare few times and all has been good. you can always do it with the P40 filler which is metal filler.

Author:  Percy [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:12 am ]
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Might be taking this one soon, but the wheels have some bubbling so not sure what to do.

Might just get the pros on the job.

Author:  blade [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:48 am ]
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Wana buy the wheels I've done:) still got them lol need to get rid :)

Author:  Ry [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:10 am ]
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Percy wrote:
Might be taking this one soon, but the wheels have some bubbling so not sure what to do.

Might just get the pros on the job.


depends how long you're keeping it for - the wheel specialist can powder coat your wheels for around £50 each plus vat in whatever colour you want, and they always have 20% off discount codes emailed around. It'll me more durable than spraying and lacquer, but it costs way more than Blade's guide shows you. Infact i'm sure blade didnt spend anymore than 40 quid for all 4 of his wheels :)

Author:  happypaul [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:33 am ]
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My local place does powder coating for £40 per wheel, refitting tyres and balancing in with the cost too.

Author:  Percy [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:56 am ]
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Its the 14's off the saxo I am after getting done, as it is a have 4 new tyres anyway so the cost of swapping all 4 will happen anyway.

Will get on the search for where will do them cheaply, may end up travel to near pauls at that price.

Author:  Ry [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:14 am ]
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Hang about Andy, Now I think of it, I'm getting my wheels refurbished by a friend of the bodyshop guy I know on the side who's sorting out my couple of bit - £20 a wheel for powder coating I've been quoted on 15". I'm getting them done mid May, so if you have the time to wait and see quality I get?

Author:  Percy [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:17 am ]
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To be honest I am not too worried about quality as long as it works, any discount for doing 8 wheels at once?

Author:  blade [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:53 pm ]
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Yea cost me around £40 for all the wheels :) and tbh the spray is pretty tough, been thrown around the garden since doin this guide and there's only a few chips :) thinking of doin them again so they look like new again so I can sell them off, but not sure how much they would fetch as there only 13" and I've heard there rare, how true that is I don't know :)

Author:  jamie [ Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:01 pm ]
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could this be done with the tyres still on?

Author:  blade [ Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:29 pm ]
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Yep can do ths with tyres on:) did it with the current wheels ive got atm, just make sure your masking up is good :)

Author:  jamie [ Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:52 pm ]
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good good ive got a corsa with white alloys i wanna spray black

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