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 Post subject: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:48 pm 
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Hello Anyone out there recommend any method of repairing alloy wheels, mine are starting to bubble at the spoke edges.

Any advise welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:34 pm 
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Hi Trailman

If you want to do it yourself then buy some wet or dry paper various grades, etching primer, too coat paint of your colour choice and laquer. Rub down the alloys with a light power sander. Finish off by sanding down with progressive finer wet or dry. Wipe wheel all over with thinners or similar to prepare the wheel for spraying. Mask of the valve and Tyre (if you are doing it with them in place). Spray etching primer on, when dry do two top coats, when dry do one laquer. A proper job would be to take the three and valves out and spray the lot.

Alternatively, get them refurbished at a wheel specialist for between £40 and £70 each.

May I also respectfully request that you change your avatar to something other than the flashing police car. One of our members marksparks999 already has this as his avatar and has for a while.
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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:46 pm 
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Assuming the wheels are still round (especially the inside edges) and the gouges are small, you could just clean out the gouges and fill them with bodyfiller before priming and painting as Milton suggests. You do, however, get a much better job with a proper re-furb. Some places powder coat them, rather than paint them. Any internet search for "Allow Wheel Refurbishment" should come up with plenty of hits in your area.


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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:31 pm 
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i can personally recommend Aerocoat , had most of my bike bits done by them and they do a lovely Chromax finish for wheels :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:58 pm 
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Thanks Milton, sorry about the avatar, I did not know it was already in use!

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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:09 pm 
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No problem, glad to be of help :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:38 pm 
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Hello David,

I had my alloys refurbished two years ago by a specialist engineer near me in Cumbria - there will probably be a company local to you... Best three hundred pounds that I have spent on the car - still look good (when clean) I felt my alloys were letting down the appearance of the car. All covered, with photographs, in this thread...
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=3797

As I mentioned in my posts, I use Rimwax on the finished alloys - applied twice a year - seems to keep them cleaner. Also used on my wife's car's alloys - with still enough left in the jar for this year. :thumbs:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SmartWax-RimW ... 1256552082

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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:43 pm 
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In the US of A alloys are called 'rims' - does that mean that if they get them refurbished they tell everyone they just got a r!mj0b?? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Alloy Wheels
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:06 pm 
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Not only that Eoin, but johns got some wax to keep your rim clean :whistle: :o


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