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Refurb my alloys

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    rite lads due to me being bored on the weekends im gona attempt to refurb my spare S4 wheels myself

    wot sort of things do i need to refurn them? is there a certain paint i need and clear laquer's and wot sort of sanding down do i have to do? do i get the materials from a local shop or is there a specialist shop to get them from?

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    Wotever tickles your fancy mate, normal paint and clear coat is fine for it, meaning you can choose just about any colour and shade!!!

    Normal sandpaper etc is fine also, start with around a 120 coarse grit to remove imperfections and original paint. Should be quite straight forward on standard S4 wheels as they're mostly flat, possible to use a sander or sumthing to make it easier and quicker. Work up to around 1200-1500 for a nice flat finish ready to paint. Check my build in my sig, recently refurbed a set of RS4 wheels to see the idea.
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    nice job with the wheels mate, how did you apply the primer and the paint, by paint gun with compressor or by can? i have a good spray gun and compressor in the garage so hopefully i can use that, so its quite easy to do with tyres on i see, i was gona take my tyres off but ill save money and hassle with keeping them on. i can get the sand paper from my local B+Q i take it?
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    All done by Halfrauds finest spray paint mate, i dont have a compressor etc but pretty handy with the cans, the compressor would be handy thou but the finish is all about technique and prep work. Just take your time.

    Easy with tyres on, i used masking tape sections, around 6-8inch long and inserted between the tyre and rim all the way round, then used paper or mags masking taped on tyre tread to cover from overspray, only takes around 10min per wheel so less hassle and cheaper than removing rubber.

    Any make of sandpaper will be fine, as long as you get the right grades i.e around 120, then 400-600, then 800, then 1200 or 1500 to finish. Depending on how perfect a finish you want you can skip some stages, i only done 1st and last stage sanding (120 then 1200) as it was quicker and the wheels are only intended as winters/track, and will get new wheels when funds allow. Saying that, they turned out mirror finished and flat all over, as said before thou its all in the prep work, spend more time getting that right and the finish will be good.
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    cheers mate, looking forward to doing them myself. they will be for winter to keep my CH's in better condition but im not sure wot colour to go yet, im thinking summin dark but i love silver wheels far more than black ones. i suppose if i can go any colour then world is my oyster.
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    Exactly mate, i had anthracite powder coated wheels on my Sierra Cosworth, so this time wanted sumthin inbetween silver and anthracite. Just went to Halfords and looked thru all colours till something caught my eye.

    And the satisfaction you get from painting something is amazing, totally transforms the look, even better when its your own handiwork, take some before and afters, you'll see wot i mean.:icon_thumright:
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    nice one mate, ill be down halfords this weekend checking out paints. thanks for the advice mate and dont worry ill have a few pics of before during and after when i start them.
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    Good stuff, get the pics up when u start.

    Any problems or that just pm me if need any more info.:)
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