Ok. After much searching, I opted for this:
- Primer (grey etch primer) x 2 500ml rattle cans
- Deutsche Silver (does that mean my Alfa is now an Audi)
x 2 400ml rattle cans
- Clear Lacquer x 3 500ml rattle cans
The Deutsche Silver look's like a perfect colour match to me. It's that nice ti flat silver.
All sourced from these people: Alloy wheel paints and refurbishing body shop consumables
They're local to me so I paid them a visit. Very helpful bunch.
My wheels were in pretty good condition, just some lacquer coming off (they'd obviously been refurbished before) in places and one minor bit of kerb damage.
The guys at alloy paints gave me some wet & dry which was perfect for sorting out the kerbed bit. The rest of the wheels were prepped with medium and fine finishing pads (like a brillo pad) from local motor factors. I didn't take any pics of the prep because I hadn't planned on posting on the forum
After a quick wipe with panel wipe, the primer was applied. Fine dusting to start and then several coats on top (maybe 6 coats of primer in total).
Primer was then wet & dry sanded with a very fine sanding pad/sponge.
Wheels left to dry and then wiped with panel wipe.
On with the paint. Fine dusting to start and then several coats on top (maybe 4 coats)
The paint finish was good enough to apply the lacquer without and sanding. I probably went overboard with the lacquer, using all 3 cans (must have been 8 coats of lacquer)
I used a halogen heater to dry the paint after each final application (primer - paint - lacquer).
The wheels will need a polish to finish but they look good enough to me as they are. Took a couple of days to do but worth the effort.
I've ordered some new centre caps because mine were looking tatty.
Time will tell whether the paint is up to the job.
Oh. The paint is really toxic so get yourself some good face masks (I used two - one on top of the other) and make sure the place you use to paint the wheels is well ventilated. That's the Health & Safety lecture over (seriously, It's nasty stuff).
Here's a few pics: