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Old 08-30-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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Wheel Refinish Weekend Project

Recently, I acquired a set of used Style 44s, but they had lots of curb rash. This weekend, I thought I'd try to refinish the wheels. The first two photos show the rash on the left rear wheel. First, I washed the wheels. Then, I used 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out all the curb rash. Then, I went over everything with 1000 grit sandpaper. Then, I wiped the wheel down with a clean rag and mineral spirits to remove all the dust. Then, after masking the tire and rear fender area, I applied three light coats of Dupli-Color Truck, Van and SUV paint, color code T191-Ultra Silver. It is almost a perfect match for the original BMW wheel color. Then, I applied two coats of Dupli-Color clear coat. Cost of materials at Autozone: Ultra Silver TL191 - $6.95, clear coat - $5.95, 1000 grit sandpaper - $3.95. Here are photos of the refinished left rear wheel. I thought they turned out pretty well for a first timer.
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:59 PM   #2
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Good work!!! Looks very nice on the refinish.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:02 PM   #3
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Looks great, after you sanded it down, did you fill in the depression with any sort of filler?
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:05 PM   #4
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Bondo putty

One wheel had some deep depressions, even after sanding. So, I used some of the red Bondo putty in a squeeze tube. If you use it, use it very sparingly.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:04 PM   #7
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Might need to save this thread when I refinish...and think about painting my OEM sport rims....graphite black.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:30 PM   #8
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Looks good. Im about to do this this week.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:32 PM   #9
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oooo sounds like a project for me to do to my totally f'ed up m68's.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:40 PM   #10
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Newly painted wheels always look good. Until dirt starts to stick to the paint. Then the game is all over because the DIY paint cannot handle any chemical whatsoever needed to take out the dirt.

I have battled with wheel paint for a year. Everything I tried, eventually failed. So I am throwing in the towel and paying for full wheel refurbishment. Repairing paint is easy. But the new paint is more than likely to let you down. A two part paint might work. But I don't think there is any real substitute for proper baking.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:45 PM   #11
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^ Did you ever try that paint that is made for rims, they sell it a advanced auto parts. I tried it and it worked for the year i had the rims.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:46 PM   #12
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it's surprisingly easy to do, and improves the look of wheels in bad shape a ton, for very little money. my father did this for my brother's Jeep's wheels, and improved the look of them a ton.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:00 PM   #13
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Yeah! You have really done a nice work. keep it up like this only.
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I have some M3 wheels which primarily have problems with the clearcoat on the rim area next to the tire. Looks like tearing or scratches but the paint appears intact. There are no deep gouges or road rash to speak of. Do I just sand, repaint as needed and reclearcoat? What grain sandpaper should I use?
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:39 PM   #15
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You did it on the car? Never understood why people do this with wheels and trim.

Looks good though, can't see any evidence of prior damage
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