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    Exclamation Polished Wheels DO or DONT ?!

    Im looking at changing my wheels on my Lava Grey Audi A3

    Im leaning towards an Audi Replica wheel

    I Really like Audi RS4 Replica's but cant decide what finish to have

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    I Prefer the polished wheels as their not as common and they would match the chrome grill surround?
    However How do the polished wheels wear as ive been told after 6 months they would look as they would get stone chips and corrode and theres nothing worse than scabby wheels! Ive thought about using them as summer wheels only as well...

    Any other wheels that are better and your thoughts would be greatly appreciated

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    would be much better in chrome would be a nice touch but as you said will mark soo easy summer wheels is a good idea for the easy life i would go with thw standard silver paint

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    yep - less than 6 months the laquer will be chipped and start lifting which will give way to the "white worm" making them look scabby

    you can get hyper silver if you want a shiney finish
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    Neither, don't get reps.


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    as above you may regret the res but if you must dont go polished the finish on reps is awful and polished dies a death anyway


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    Quote Originally Posted by N8
    Yes, but they are OEM Phaeton Helios alloy wheels, not cheap ****e aftermarket piles of poop.

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    Hmmm thats what i thought guess i wont get polished then.

    Whats Hyper Silver?!

    Whats so bad with Replica wheels?

    How do the wheels get chipped in the first place? the wheels on the car are nearly perfect part just a bit boring...

    Any recommendations
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    Reps have poor build quality, you want to get them powdercoated it is stronger than paint less likely to chip.


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    Reps= buy cheap buy twice.

    Get yourself a set if originals off eBay and like N8 says get them powder coated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by A3chase View Post
    Hmmm thats what i thought guess i wont get polished then.

    Whats Hyper Silver?!

    Whats so bad with Replica wheels?

    How do the wheels get chipped in the first place? the wheels on the car are nearly perfect part just a bit boring...

    Any recommendations
    I had a hyper silver finish on my BBS RC's. I can honestly say they look stunning when clean. They look similar to a ball burinished finish. I don't know of any companies that offer this finish as part of a refurb, if you, or anybody else does, i'd be very interested.

    See the link below for another suggestion:
    http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/t/230174.aspx?PageIndex=1

    Oh yea, don't go for reps... Save up for the real ones.

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    Hyper silver finish:
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    polished finish looks great , need to be so careful with them, as damage is not easy to repair , the winter got the better of one of mine and it will need replaced soon , no chips tho the dreaded white worm blemish ............. really should have taken them off over winter.................
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    woah they are nice !

    I dont know any companys that can to that finish at the moment
    but I am defiantly gonna try and find out someone who does and will let you know via this thread

    Quite liking the look of some of the BBS Wheels and that Finish does look smart

    I dont wanna rush into getting some wheels and am planning to go GTI Inters which will give me a good chance to check out what they look like in the flesh.

    Half of me wants to get audi oem but then the other half is telling me to get a more unique wheel such as BBS etc
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    Buy cheap tatty originals and then refurb.

    Try these guys, franchises throughout the UK.
    http://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/...l-finishes.php

    They are not cheap but use a powder coat process and I know of 3 people who have used them and rate their work highly.

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    pristine are the best furbers in the country full stop, anything special i have gets sent there run of the mill stuff and oem usually goes to coatech, id send everything to pristine only problem is they are in london so its a bit far unless its something special


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    Quote Originally Posted by N8
    Yes, but they are OEM Phaeton Helios alloy wheels, not cheap ****e aftermarket piles of poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P5SND View Post
    pristine are the best furbers in the country full stop, anything special i have gets sent there run of the mill stuff and oem usually goes to coatech, id send everything to pristine only problem is they are in london so its a bit far unless its something special
    Spoke to these guys a while back.
    Apparently they are the only outfit in the Uk that can refurb MONZAII rims from the MK5 Gti.

    They have agents too, I was directed to a place in Whitley Bay who would do one wheel at a time on an exchange basis meaning you could keep the car on the road while each wheel was at Pristine being corrected. They organised the wheel to and from Pristine as well as changing out your wheels/tyres.
    iirc it was 60 per rim which is pretty good value.

    Its worth looking around for used no-rep rims, I just picked up a very nice set of BBS CH from a forum member (Cheers Spin140) for 525. Thats around 800 less than brand new and about the same as a new set of reps!

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    OMG you lot. Wheel Refurb in preston do diamond cutting, only ones in the UK to do monza II omg, some ppl chat so much...


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    i can vouch for pristine, im not saying others arent out there just that they managed to refurb a very difficult set of diamond cut merc 20" deep dish (well 1.5inch not deep :P) rims and they were perfect


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    Spec | Auto Lights | Black Headlining | RNS-E with 6 CD Changer | Phone Prep | Facelift Tails | MFSW | Cruise | Bluetooth | Adaptive Bi-xenon Headlights |

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    | MY10 Facelift | 75% LED's | Sepang Bronze Facelift Alloys

    Plans | LED 3dr tails | BBK Setup | Some BBS | Custom TBE |

    Quote Originally Posted by N8
    Yes, but they are OEM Phaeton Helios alloy wheels, not cheap ****e aftermarket piles of poop.

 

 

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