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Afternoon all.

A local detailer is doing a deal on wheel refurbs. 25 quid each for my 18" horseshoes. Here is the process they use:
With your wheels we would sand out and fill the curb marks, re prime them, base coat them, re lacquer them and then infrared bake them, will look like new when finished. Thanks.

What do you'll think to this? Is it worth it? I can't afford full on powder coating as I'm buying a house.

Thanks in advance
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Sounds okay.. :) At that price they'll mst likely ease the tyre away from the rim and just restore the "face" of the wheel. It will be a good interim solution at least and not too dear. Best case, the refurb will be "like new" and won't need touching again for years..

A more expensive/full-on refurb' would involve tyres off and the old coating removed/blasted off before being primed, dipped and then final finish applied. This is more like getting a new wheel.. but it takes longer and is dearer.. so it's a better one for really marked wheels..

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If its not perfection you are after then this is fine. Ask if it comes with a warranty?

For reference my refurbs have cost £330 on my 18" Alfa multispokes and £200 on my 19" Prodrives and they're both in perfect condition, nothing to notice the £130 difference. However the tyres were off for both.

On a side note it'll be worth protecting the freshly painted wheels, to keep them clean/easy to clean. I wrote a review not long ago on a semi-permanent wheel seal:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-detailing/car-d...nt-review.html (Alloy wheel sealant review)

And one I wrote for a wax for wheels:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-detailing/car-d...nt-review.html (Auto Finesse Mint rims (wheel wax/sealant) review.)
 

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I paid £35 each for my wheels to be powdercoated and the finish is brilliant.



For the sake of £40 get them powdercoated !
 

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The wheels look fab, did you send them away to be done or was it a local firm? We have been given a price of £50 each to do them with a strip down, fix any scuffs and grazes then finished in a colour of choice.
 

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My local garage sent them off to Project Wheels in Stourbridge I think.

The wheels had tyres removed before they were sent off so to be fair the cost of tyre fitting and balancing etc needs to be added too.
 

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Yeah but... the quality remains, long after the cost has been forgotten. I'd go with the full tyres-off refurb every time.. :)

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Resurrecting an old thread I know (sorry), I've had a few sets of wheels done over the years and always used A1 in Wolverhampton. I had tried City Powder Coaters in Birmingham and in many ways the £20 per wheel was a case of you got what you paid for. A1 on the other hand did a good job and I've always been pleased with them....until I took our Mito Veloce wheels in and they wanted £75 per wheel to strip and powdercoat. I eventually got them down to £65 and when they came back the standard was as high as ever. Anyway, bought a couple of sets of winter tyres and my local tyre fitter was telling me about SC alloys in Kingswinford. and as it turned out I had just bought a set of 17" turbines for my Giulietta. They looked as if they had been through the mill, so I went round and had a chat £40 for a face, £50 full refurb. As I wanted them back to stock, I went with a full refurb. Got them back today and they are brilliant. They were stripped and powdercoated in grey, then the face painted, then lacquered, so there's been perhaps a little more time and care gone into it. I am really pleased with the results. Just inside now for the sealant application:
 

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looking good. bit of wax on them and they'll be ready to dazzle the locals.
 

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Alloy Wheel refurb

I've also just had all four wheels of my Giulietta refurbed at SC Alloys Kingswinford. The wheels had had a cheap face job by the previous owner and the paint was flaking off.

Whilst your wheels are being refurbed they lend you a set of donor wheels - the ones I had were 18 inch Spider wheels.

All wheels acid stripped, powder coated, lacquered, tyre refitted and balanced for £50 a wheel.

Excellent friendly service from Paul and the wheels look fantastic.
 

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So is there any drawback to powder coating?
I've been phoning around and one contact mentioned he didn't like powder coating wheels as they sometimes have an orange peel effect - is this common or only his opinion (because he is a spray paint and lacquer type of painter).

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Powder coating is thicker & more durable. What I liked about what Paul did at SC alloys was that he powder coated them grey first, them sprayed them the right colour with paint, then lacquered them. Best of both worlds really.
 

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25 quid is great. but you get what you pay for. the next time you get your tyres taken off the car it will prolly mark the paint.

If you gonna have wheels refurbed you should only have really have a full refurb. And you should take the wheels to your local "wheel specialist" franchise. they are the best and their finish is rock solid perfection. but yer pay say 65 quid a rim for that. but at least you are not wasting your money on a blow over of the front face (you can do that yourself). these guys earn their 65 quid.
 
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