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Alloy wheels refurb

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by deeman88, Mar 26, 2012.

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    Obviously i got too much time on my hands these days and gonna attempt to refurb my 18's while they are off the car. Those who seen them have noticed some kerbing damage inflicted by the previous owner! So Operation Bling starts tomorrow and will update here as it goes along.

    Bring on the ASN, COV Ace Meet on Tuesday!!
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    Be interesting to follow this as I'm looking at doing mine, nice one.

    Chris.
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    Good luck buddy :)
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    Thanks Chris and Chaddy!
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    Looking foward to it mate :)
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    Keep us updated dude.
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    Im gonna update in a lil bit when i get to my computer. But jus a quick question is it adviseable to lacquer then now it wait 24 as instructed on the can? Im all for doing it now n going bed lol
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    Should do a cheeky guide. I wouldnt mind doing mine in a gunmetal grey colour (standard 16" tdi quattro rims).
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    I decided to leave the paint to dry overnight and Lacquer it tomorrow morning/ afternoon whichever tickles my fancy
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    Well... Here goes a lil something.

    The Stuff you need or rather the stuff I had

    Alloys
    Degreaser/ Soapy Water
    Brush to clean the alloys thoroughly
    Cloth/ towel to speed up the drying process
    Assorted Wet and Dry
    Primer
    Filler
    Spray Paint
    Lacquer
    Sanding Block
    Air Mask
    Masking Tape
    Newspapers
    Drill + Sanding bit
    Fan
    Fan Heather
    Pressure washer
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    Maybe a spare set of wheels whilst doing the work too!
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    Thanks for the heads up so far buddy :) really looking forward to seeing the outcome soon :) Nice list aswell there buddy :) Cheers
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    Yes! Definately. I had to put on my 16's and they feel EPIC! lol
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    Alloys before :
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    Well... Here goes a lil something.


    The Stuff you need or rather the stuff I had

    Alloys
    Degreaser/ Soapy Water
    Brush to clean the alloys thoroughly
    Cloth/ towel to speed up the drying process
    Assorted Wet and Dry
    Primer
    Filler
    Spray Paint
    Lacquer
    Sanding Block
    Air Mask
    Masking Tape
    Newspapers
    Drill + Sanding bit
    Fan
    Fan Heather
    Pressure washer

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    Step 1: Clean the Surface area thoroughly, i used Degreaser as 1 of my cv boots had a rip and the inside of the rim was dirty. Jetwashed and Degreased all four alloys.

    2: Use the Cloth or towel to dry them before cleaning them again (2nd clean is optional. Only did it as mine needed it).

    3: Use the Wet and Dry to get the Old paint/Lacquer off and to create a surface coarse enough for primer to stick to.
    I started by using 240 then 600 then finally 800.
    My Process was as follow: Sand down with 240 then a quick Jetwash, Dry with cloth then Sand down again with 600- Jetwash and
    Dry with Cloth, then sand down with 800 - Jetwash then dry with cloth or towel to speed things up a bit
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    4:Mix the Filler and supplied hardener accordingly. And start filling. but beware not to overplaster the alloy as this will lead to more work later on, You want the filler to cover it up not overwhelm it.

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    5: Wait for it to dry

    6: Sand with 240 (600 recommended), Clean it up (blow to remove dust or jetwash in my case) then use 600, Clean it up again then use 800 until the surfcase is nice and flush. If you have a sander- happy days!! i didnt so had to improvise. then the final Clean up.
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    7: Mask up well. Preparation is everything!!!
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    this step took forever as i wanted to keep the gunmetal grey insides and just paint the "face" of the allloy. I shall change the color of the insides later to a magical colour1 ;)
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    8:If its a cold day, heat up your spray paint while shaking or heat up and then shake to minimize big drops and uneven spray.
    Start by applying an even layer of primer and wait for it to dry. Apply a second coat making sure you cover everywhere (on the alloy!) and a Third coat just to make sure.

    9: Wait for this to dry and now you can do your Underlay in color. I chose Glossy Black.

    10: Spray carefully from a distance of about 10inches or so and in light layers, you dont want to have any Runs in paint at this stage as that will be a nuisance to correct. do not point, paint and stare. Keep the paint moving for an even finish.

    11: Wait for this 1st layer to dry or use a heater to speed up the process, then apply the 2nd and 3rd layer in the same fashion until you have a nice, satisfied grin on your face.

    12: Either leave them to dry for 30mins or overnight then:
    Use a fine 1200 grit paper and just coarsen up the surface slightly in order to prepare it for the lacquer.

    13: Spay Lacquer again in a careful controlled manner, in even layers and build them up accordingly allowing it to dry inbetween sprays.
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    Looking great so far buddy, working fast and neatly i see :) Cheers
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    Thanks Chaddy, managed to lacquer them today but for my 1st attmpt they looking alright and i can definately spot my errors!

    I needed a proper sander because it looks like i got a bit lazy halfway through sanding tho haha. #embarassed.

    But will rectify this soon!!
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    Look's like your getting there - it does take a long time, I am still doing mine, prep has been taking ages (when ever I get a chance at the weekends!) but I want the surfaces to be spot on before I prime & paint.
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    Cool buddy, aslong as you having fun then no prob at all :) yeah i agree sanding down is a B!tch at times especially when you want things done ASAP to see how its gana look. Cheers buddy
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    i admit, i kinda rushed mine so as to come Ace Cafe Last night and i can see clearly the imperfections :( I guess you live and you lean and patience is the key. I'm gonna redo the bits i think need it with a proper sander this time because my arms were in for a work out the last two days :)
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    Looks awesome buddy, great job :) tempted to get mine done now :) did you use a spray gun or can's? & what colour is that?? I want It!!! haha. Cheers buddy
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    Thanks bro, its Glossy Black and it makes a real change to how the car looks! and you should get them done if you want a nicer looking car. because everytime i go outside, i think twice if thats my car
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    Deeman - just thought I would update you you, I have finished priming my wheels ( hope to paint & lacquer at the weekend!) If you end up doing your again in the near future - use Filler primer ( High Build Primer) before normal primer. I did this with mine & it hid alot of imperfections that I could not get right with body filler as my wheel rims were really badly curbed.
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    thought i would add a little something....

    The key to perfection is proper preperation

    let the primer dry then sand it with p800 wet or if your brave p500 dry the apply the top coat(colour) you will get much better results this way.

    no need to key the colour just apply clear coat..


    btw i do this day in day out im a painter, so if you need advice gimme a shout.
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    Thanks for the tip, will definately need to hide a few imperfections on mine, as mine were all curbed and scratched. And please show us some pics when you get started :)
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    Thanks for that also mate, one quick question... when you said"no need to Key the colour" do you mean no need to spray multiple layers?

    Thanks Deeman
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