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Has anyone attempted to restore there own wheels?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by RobMorris, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. RobMorris

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    Chaps

    I have a 8P sport as per my build link.
    The paint on the wheels have started to flake off.
    Has anyone attempted to paint them yourself and what results / longevity did you achieve?

    Cheers
     
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    Always best to get them refurbed properly.
     
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    Agree with the above, had mine powder coated 'sparkle silver'.. look smart when clean.
     
  5. gphilla

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    Ive done 6 sets now for me and friends, the finish has been pretty damn good and as for lifespan there still going strong after 2yrs, compared to some i had done "professionally" which flaked off after a couple of months
     
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    And i hope you took them back and asked them to do them properly this time.
     
  7. RobMorris

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    What paint/method did you use mate?
     
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    I tried to do a DIY refurb, one word.....disaster

    Went to the pro's to sort out my mess!
     
  9. FranA3

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    I've done mine twice now i only did them a second time because i kerbed on of them and changed the colour of them from grey to black i did them in work on my dinner break's
     
  10. gphilla

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    No i tried but funnily enough theyd closed down, i use wet n dry to remove any curb marks, grey scotch pad the full wheel for a key, acid etch any bare metal from sanding, 3 coats of primer, 5 coats of colour then 3 coats of clear cote :)
     
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    Sand off all the old paint down to the primer.. get some wet n dry and smooth that out.

    Then prime again and W&D it.

    Add up to 3 layers of spray paint remembering to W&D between layers.

    Then the gloss/sealing layer twice.
     
  12. lgooch

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    I have refurbed 2 sets of Monty II's on my old GTi's

    The cost me £ 50 all in to do a set of four. just follow the procedures mentioned above and you wont go wrong.

    Below are the finished articles which to be honest dont do them justice.

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    Looks good fella - do you have any before pic's!
     
  14. lgooch

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    I only have the one which was the best wheel from all 4. They had been kerbed and the garage I bought the car from had touched them up with silver paint which did not even match.

    All 4 had the dreaded black speckles in the hard to clean places in the corner of the spokes, but I am sure you will agree they came up well. If you are going to do them yourself it is 90% preparation and the remaining 10% is patience, sore fingers from sanding and how good you are with a spray can.

    I gave them a good old coating of clear coat for extra protection. I swaer they looked like they had been powder coated. For £ 50 for the materials it is worth giving it a go. If you Fubar them up then get them professionally done. I did have a right up on the uk-mkivs site, but I deleted the photos from photobucket so I cant give you a link to have a look at the process of how i did them.

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    Why not just get an old alloy from a scrapper and practice on one before you attempt your own.
     
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    i did my old golf alloys ere some pics of process

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    took me whole day for all four but came out really nice and cost 20 quid in materials gonna get me some s3 alloys for the a3 and do them
     
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    It took you 1 whole day??:ohmy: I would have thought it would have taken a whole lot longer than that to do all 4 wheels.
     
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    took 12 hours was done in a mates body shop so had proper heater to help dry everything got a body shop back round so knew what i was doing
     
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    What is the correct colour of silver for Audi alloys and where's best to get some spray cans?
     
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    i took me around 5 hours total to do all 4 of mine but only one of them was kerned so an easy job really , i too have access to heat guns and a nice warm place to let them bake for a little while , i repaired the kerned area then flatted the whole wheel with 1500 grit paper 2 coats of satin black as a primer flatted between coats then 2 coats of colour (a blend of 2 colour black its a secret what colours i used lol) then 3 coats of clear coat then when they were rock hard after a week i used some cutting compound to get a glossy shine on them then 3 coats of dodo juice supernatural hybrid and 1 coat of gtechnic wheel protector all that was the beginning of this year and they are still fine now a few chips here and there but on the whole all good
     
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    I got some spray cans mixed by Autopaints in manchester. They put extra coarse metal flake in them for me so the wheels were not genuine OEM colour. TBH they looked the business in the sun as they glinted. Very bling and I recommend it rather than just buying the rattle cans from Halfrauds.
     
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  23. cloughy

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    The correct colour is Wurth silver German alloy wheel paint and Wurth lacquer
     
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    Cheers all for your input - I actually went for a chap who works from home and charged me £30 a corner..
    Im 95% happy with the reslts - will post pics when the sun is out!
     
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    Before & after Pics!
     

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