So its been a loveley sunny day today and as such I took my baby to my preferred hand car wash, where they dont use any chemicals on my car and essentially just do what I would do over the space of a day in 20 mins or less (inc a full polish with SRP).
After they had worked their magic I noticed that one of my alloys that had been previously curbed and had started to peel had taken a turn for the worse and finally let go of its paint:
This was not a pleasing sight and finally tipped the balance in me getting all 4 refurb'd.
For those that do not own a 159 with big wheels I will explain. its actually quite difficult to judge the distance from the curb in it due to the lovely lines giving some false sense of distance. Also, the 235/45/19 tyres don't give much in the way of curb protection, so this combined with the fact I swapped the front wheels to the back not long after I bought her to promote more even tire wear means that essentially all 4 need a refurb. (I have to say in my defence Its been a long time since I hit a curb and have now learned to drive it properly in this sense)
I have a found a guy...... Peterborough Trim Repairs
who will do it for 55 + vat per corner which seems reasonable and he does a full 2 pack spray and bake so they should be fairly good. I was thinking of going the full sand blast and powder coat route but its nearly double the money and when i look at that kind of investment, + the fact I am due a set of tyres in the next few thousand miles, and the fact I had the cambelt done at AHM yesterday, and it has to be the cheap option I am afraid.
Its a couple of weeks before its in to get them done, so I have to live with it for now, but soon, it will be back to its former glory and I will be giving curbs a very wide berth!