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DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby old del boy » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:07 am

Aidan wrote:Does anyone have any idea about the Diamond Turned finish (with regards to refurbing them) as found on my Kiwis? Are they just a different paint finish or is it something else completely, and thus beyond the reach of the diy'ers of the world?

Aidan Collingwood


The finish on these wheels are machine turned and lacquered , i wouldn't like to try and refurb one myself as i don't think you could emulate the original effect , there are places that will do these wheels but i suspect they're a bit dearer than just a paint job ,

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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby Equinoxstudios » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:22 am

old del boy wrote:
Aidan wrote:Does anyone have any idea about the Diamond Turned finish (with regards to refurbing them) as found on my Kiwis? Are they just a different paint finish or is it something else completely, and thus beyond the reach of the diy'ers of the world?

Aidan Collingwood


The finish on these wheels are machine turned and lacquered , i wouldn't like to try and refurb one myself as i don't think you could emulate the original effect , there are places that will do these wheels but i suspect they're a bit dearer than just a paint job ,

Derek..

You might want to try around anyone that refurbishes motorcycle wheels as it's a finish I've seen most often on bikes.

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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby james08 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:14 pm

loads of wet and dry going from 600 to 2000 grit, then some g3 i did my nitrous bottle like that and that now has a polished finish, need to take what ever is on the wheel off first (tyres are fine just lacquer etc) then you can start polishing

after 180 grit paper
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240 grit paper
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1200 grit
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1500 grit
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after first polish
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second polish
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reflection
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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby Aidan » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:20 pm

Well chaps, useful information as ever, thanks. Is it just me or does James' Nitrous bottle seem to go duller the finer the grade of paper he uses? I'd have thought finer grade paper would give a smoother and shinier finish?

I'm still not sure what to do about my Kiwis, but my car has other more pressing issues demanding my attention before the luxury of making already nice looking wheels look even nicer.

So much to do, so little time...

Thanks again,

Aidan
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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby james08 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:01 pm

its the way it was sanded, the lower grades the sander was set to just rotate like a grinder and the higher grades it was set to be random orbital so its catching the light differently
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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby Aidan » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Thanks for the info.

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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby ChrisW » Wed May 15, 2013 9:54 pm

I'm at it again. Now doing me XJR Jaguarsport alloys using the same technique. Rattle cans and elbow grease.

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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby MagicDoormouse » Wed May 15, 2013 10:13 pm

Go for it Chris! My TSW's have just turned up - photo's tomorrow I promise!!!
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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby naki_k » Wed May 15, 2013 11:41 pm

fantastic results again chris. inspiring me to have a go at one of my sets. though i suspect mine will not come out as perfect as those.
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Re: DIY alloy wheel refurbishment

Postby ChrisW » Thu May 16, 2013 8:04 am

Yours should come up OK. That particular wheel was in a real state. I had to gently angle grind lots of kerbing damage to the rim and sand out lots of deep scuffs on the flat surfaces. Using a good filler primer and small amounts of filler covers up lots of damage. The wheels I did a year ago are still holding up well. I think the exra tough lacquer does a good job of protecting the alloy. Go for it, makes all the difference to the finished look of the car.
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