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159 Alloy wheel paint bubbles

I think I'm going to have to get at least one of my wheels reconditioned. I've never really had experience with bubbling alloy wheels before, but on a 159 when the rest of the paint is so poor, why not?! They aren't the biggest wheels in the range and it's towards the back of the spokes, but it will look like hell if I don't do something.

What is it exactly that causes it? I assume a combination of poor paint adhesion and brake dust.. The bubbles seem solid and not just full of air.

Anybody else have issues with the wheel finish on 159/ Brera/ Spider?
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Same on mine wheels. I think all wheels after some years start with it. I will wait some time and do all four wheels.
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Its ally oxidisation. A slight stone chip or scratch lets in water and you then get ally rust. Time for a wheel refurb.
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This happened on my 2005 156 too. I had the wheels replaced under warranty. All 4 were bubbling after 18 months. 😃
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My 19s did this a few months back and a couple of weeks ago they finally started letting go of large chunks of paint so I had a full refurb & powder coat of all 4. 100 quid a corner all in but worth every penny. They look awesome now!! Changed the colour to black chrome search this forum for my thread and a video of before and after to get an idea.
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i'd get the refurb done sooner rather than later as eventually the paint will pierce leaving the alloy underneath vulnerable to the elements and can cause pitting. When refurbed you will be left with the "pits" unless you of course have them filled / sanded at greater expense.
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I think we have to realise that the alfa quality on all parts of their cars is still pretty poor. I have had 5 Alfas including my new Brera, this has replaced an Audi TT which was 3 years older and every part of the Brera (paint, interior trim, electrics, alloys) is inferior in every way, and the Brera I bought was the best of 5 I looked at.

Its what we have to put up with for the Alfa Charisma
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