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 Post subject: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 21st, 2009, 10:09 pm 
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For a DIY refurb you’ll need :

- Plenty of sandpaper of rough grits (60 – 150)
- Lots of wet and dry (200 – 400ish)
- Body filler
- Sugar soap / surface cleaner
- Primer, paint and lacquer (clear coat)
- And of course, curbed alloys...

This will be a LOT easier if you work with the tyres off. Plenty of places will take them off for you, usually costs about a tenner.

When they’re off, you first want to work with the roughest grit sandpaper you have. Wilcos are dirt cheap for this. Get rubbing at the scuffs / stone chips on the alloys. A lot of stone chips usually just dint the the paint, so the light defects will come out with the coarse sandpaper and a bit of elbow grease.
With the curb marks you want to first sand them down, working your way from coarse sandpaper to medium until they feel relatively smooth.

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It will create a lot of dust so it’s best to work outside.
When everything on the surface feels smooth, there will still be deeper dints from the curbs. These need filling in. The best filler I’ve ever worked with is this one:

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‘UPol Easy’ or something... Highly recommended. I’m not sure if DIY / automotive shops stock it, I got mine from a local paint supplier.

The general rule for working with filler is mix up a golf ball size portion of filler to a pea sized blob of hardener. Use and old credit card and mix it together. Begin filling in the deep dints on your alloys, smoothing it over with the flat side of the credit card. Work with thin layers, it saves a lot of sanding later. Leave the filler to set for a few hours.

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Begin sanding down the filler using medium sand paper.

When all the filler is smooth, you might find there are still some dints in the wheels. Just repeat the filler step. To get them looking like new again you might need to use 3, even 4 or 5 thin layers of filler in places.

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When everything is filled and smooth, we need to prep for paint.
Fill a bucket with water and open the wet and dry. Wet the paper and sand down the alloys with 200 grit; working your way down to a very fine grit (I usually go to 400.)

Prep the alloys for primer using a surface cleaner, I use sugar soap; Again, cheap from wilcos.. Spray plenty on and let it soak for a minute or two, wipe off, then soak it again. Make sure they’re sparkly clean and super smooth.

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Dry the alloys and crack open the primer. The can will tell you how long to shake it for. Usually grey is the best base for colour, ‘Energy Line Anti Corrosive’ is expensive but worth it in my opinion. I use about 500ml of primer on alloys!
When spraying, work on the inners of the spokes, lightly dusting it on from about 15 – 25cm away. Go round each spoke, sit it to one side and do the other alloys. By the time you’re done with all 4 the 1st alloy should be ready for another dusting. Keep adding fine layers where needed until the whole wheels’ covered.

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Leave it overnight to set nice and hard.

Using the same method, begin painting your alloys, working from the inner sides of the spokes / wheel first, then spraying the faces of the spokes and rims.
(If you’re doing some parts different colours, spray them first and then mask them off)

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Carry on spraying the chosen colour. I find finer layers usually give a better finish, be patient. In the end I ended up using about 8-900ml of black!

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Again, leave the paint to harden overnight.
If you’re adding any vinyl’s / stickers now’s the time to put them on.

Next it needs a clear coat. Again using the same method lightly dust it on until all the alloys are nice and lacquered. Leave to set overnight again.

Take them to the tyre fitters, get them on the car, then enjoy :)

Befores:

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Afters:

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Hope this has helped!
Me and a friend are thinking about starting this as a side project, so might apply to be a trader soon ;) We'll see...

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 21st, 2009, 10:19 pm 
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damn thats a great how to, get it stickied

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 21st, 2009, 10:24 pm 
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good post josh!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 21st, 2009, 10:53 pm 
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i did that on my standerd fto wheels,did them a nice glossy black!!
good write up mate!!! :winkthumb

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
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So Clarkey was right about them being Fox's! Good write up, worth a stickie


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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
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Big blob of the sticky stuff added!

Good write up :)

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2009, 11:01 am 
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Thats briliant. Really well done there mate.

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2009, 3:47 pm 
silly question this might be but wen refitting the tyres does the pressure of the tyre being pressed against the rim when refitted not cause and cracks or chips in the area filled at all. again might be silly question but havin being a tyre fitter it would worry me to death fittin the tyres back on and makin a mark on the nice work doine?


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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
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Cheers for the comments :)

And stompingbass, no mate. Alloys are relitvley chunky so a bit of filler on the surface and in dents is fine. The stuff i use sets rock solid anyway!
Those multispoke ones were terrible, but soon refurbed them and ran 35psi in the front and 31 in the rear. 1 year later still never had a single problem with them.

The tyre fitters I took the blue and black ones to did mark mine though :swear Scored it all the way across a spoke with a crowbar by accident, was gutted.

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2009, 5:09 pm 
you do know that u can charge them a refurb if they damage ur alloy its just somthing they dont like to tell u lol but ok mate thanks i got some old wheels i might ava go on them b4 doin the lenso's if the car dont sell anytime soon ill stick another 12months on it and keep it a bit longer and ava play with it


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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
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there rally top quality jobs!

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 Post subject: Re: How to: Wheel Refurb (Pic Heavy!)
PostPosted: June 20th, 2009, 10:59 am 
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what color blue is that? looks really nice!

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looks like citroen posioden blue might be wrong tho

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Great job! I'd like to get mine done at some stage, but I'm wondering if they're really worth doing...Mitsubishi gave me them for getting an Attivo.


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great write up iv moved this to car far and how to's

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i also think its great how you turned fox racing alloys into some awsome lookin enkeis :D

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stupid question

can you get away with doing this with wheels on???

cant be assed with going throw the hassel of getting a mate to take me to a garage to remove tyres then back again to fit them???

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You can do it with tyres on, but it's easier to paint with them off; You get a better finish.

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Josh wrote:
You can do it with tyres on, but it's easier to paint with them off; You get a better finish.

Is it just a case of taping the tyre up and making sure dont tap edge of the rim?
Spray my 106 steelie last year and they can up to. Will post pic tomorrow.
With 2 colour did you spray the blue 1st then tape up and spray the black or other way round?

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