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corroded wheels

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by mr_w140, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. mr_w140

    mr_w140 Senior Member

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    Hello All,

    I need to refurbish my alloy wheels as they are corroded.
    I would appreciate some advice on what is the best way to refurb them. One garage owner I spoke to said he would clean them first, sand them down and them would paint and polish/lacquer them. he would not acid treat them.

    Is this correct? should they not be acid treated to get rid of the corrosion?

    Thanks.
     
  2. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis Senior Member

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    Take them to a specialist refurb outfit.

    A quick search would give many options
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    That would not last 10 mins as the paint is too soft, thes are my 140 wheels that I had powder coated
     

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    whitenemesis Senior Member

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    television Always remembered RIP

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    That outfit may do a reasonable job , but it is only a franchise after all, other firms that run there own wheel refurbishing business have to take a greater care to stay in business, it might cost £20 more but in most cases its worth it.

    I have never been that impressed with the wheelspecialist when it come to the small details.
     
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    Indeed it could depend on the individual operator regardless of whether a franchise or two man business., but my direct experience of the wheel specialist was 100% positive - excellent job
     
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    My uncle used Wicked Wheels and was very happy with the work on his 129
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    They are one of the best :D:D

    What some folk do not realize is that it is not just a "little of powder and a little bit of paint". When you go to a real wheel specialist, they will spin the wheels and offer to remove any small dents and imperfections, the wheel specialist do not do this at the 2 branches that I have visited. This makes a difference as to the amount of weights need to balance and run smoothly on the car. I saw defects also on the sample wheels so again many may not notice this, but I do.
     
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    Also depending on your wheel design they may need machining to ensure a perfect finish.
    This is particularly true of polished designs that aren't painted, but just laquered.

    The Rimstock group use a lacquer that is guarenteed for 12 months and all rims are remachined after stripping.

    A powder coat finish will last longer and certainly when I need to get my polished rims redone I'll just have them painted.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Yes and true, the alli is cut with a diamond that gives a finish unlike any other, I have been experimenting with re doing some rime damage on this finish, but near on impossible to match up.

    I have just ordered some ground alli powder to mix with some 2k clear coat to see what the effect is.
     
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    Be careful. I gather that some of the base coats/preparations for clear lacquer can cause the alloy to take on a green tinge. Many don't apply a base coat at all and thats one reason why the diamond cut wheels are so prone to corrosion.
     
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    In deed it does change the colour, that is why I am trying to mix some ground alli in it to off set the colour change.

    Its interesting to note that the original clear coat is not as hard as normal 2k as wiping the surface with petrol softens it
     
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    Try
    Www.spitandpolish.co.uk

    These guys are great, most of the wheel refurb companies send them here

    I've had a set done for a Pontiac Fiero and they came back better than new
     
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    Malcom send them to me as can give you the finish you are looking for
    have done loads of refurbs on all MB rims wether diamond cut or just silver
    finish, I use solvent base coat and high grade 2K lacquer to give the perfect finish and lasting protection


    Clive
     
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    Thank you Clive, if I was going to keep them then I would, I hate them they are 20" I will Ebay them in the new year
     
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    No problem Malcom and understand 20" hmmmmmmmm yes Ebay wise choice.
    Anyway glad to help out if i can anytime


    Regards

    Clive
     

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