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Has anyone done a restoration of their wheels e.g. sand/repaint/relacquer? If so what paint brand color worked out best for OEM look and finish? Any special process recommendations e.g. baking out etc. Should I expect them to look good and hold up well.

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Has anyone done a restoration of their wheels e.g. sand/repaint/relacquer? If so what paint brand color worked out best for OEM look and finish? Any special process recommendations e.g. baking out etc. Should I expect them to look good and hold up well.

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There are a couple shops in the Detroit area that repair/refinnish wheels. I used Restock Wheels and was happy with the results. They machine the face and powder coat the rims. About $100 each.

There are probably simmilar shops in your area.
 

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There are a couple shops in the Detroit area that repair/refinnish wheels. I used Restock Wheels and was happy with the results. They machine the face and powder coat the rims. About $100 each.

There are probably simmilar shops in your area.
I live in MI and would like to know the name of the rims shop repair for the future since i have costume rims


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I'll be trying out a DIY restoration project soon. I ordered a paint pen from eBay. I'll keep you,posted once I've started the project.



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DIY Solution for Restoring Alloy Wheels

Has anyone done a restoration of their wheels e.g. sand/repaint/relacquer? If so what paint brand color worked out best for OEM look and finish? Any special process recommendations e.g. baking out etc. Should I expect them to look good and hold up well.

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Seth
German Wheel Restoration Kit from Autotopia.com
<<http://www.autopia-carcare.com/wheel-scuff-repair-kit-2.html>>
Item #:
GWK-100 Regular Price: $49.99 Good for 2 Wheels
Product Description
Everything needed to refinish bare metal wheels!
Four-part system for complete refinishing.
Authentic German products create an authentic European finish.
Easy-to-use products for great results.


The German Wheel Restoration Kit is designed to refinish bare metal wheels and replicate an authentic European silver wheel finish. This four-part kit includes a cleaner, primer, silver base coat, and high gloss final coat. For best results remove the wheels from the vehicle and strip off the existing finish.

The German Wheel Restoration Kit includes products made in Germany by Wurth and 1Z Einszett. Both companies are European leaders in car care and their refinishing products are considered best in class.

Wurth Clean Solve, 17 oz.
Wurth Clean-Solve is a fast acting cleaner and solvent that will quickly remove wax, tar, gum, grease, paint over-spray, adhesive, oil, and silicone. Clean-Solve can be used on a variety of surfaces including: base coat, clear coat, aluminum, fiberglass, wood, glass, fabrics, vinyls, and even carpeting. Clean-Solve does not leave any film. Use Wurth Clean Solve with the the Wolfgang Finger Pockets and All Purpose Microfiber towel to remove any residues that could interfere with priming prior to using Wurth Self Etch Primer.

Wurth Self Etch Primer, 12 oz.
Use Wurth Self Etch Primer to prepare painted wheels for refinishing. This fast drying formula has excellent sanding properties, filling properties, and strong adhesion to all metals and other surfaces. Remove the wheel finish first, than apply Wurth Self Etch Primer in several light coats. Allow several hours to dry before painting with color.

1Z Einszett Silber “Silver Wheel Lacquer” Spray 13.5 oz.
1Z Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer is a fast-drying lacquer that matches the standard alloy wheel paint use by Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi and most other European OEMs. Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer can be effectively used for spot repairs or full wheel restoration. The German design nozzle produces a fine, even spray that is easy to control and produces a near-factory finish. Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer dries quickly and is chip resistant. Use several very light coats and allow 30 minutes drying time between coats. The silver color coat will have a textured look and feel that provides a three dimensional effect when properly

Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer, 13.5 oz.
Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer is the final high-gloss coat to achieve the perfect European wheel finish. For best results spray 2 to 3 light coats about 30 minutes apart, in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. After the final coat give several long hours to dry then enjoy your work in the sun.

2 Wolfgang Finger Pockets
Clean and polish tight spaces with the European green foam Wolfgang Finger Pockets. These pockets fit over 2 to 4 fingers snugly you can maneuver them into hard-to-reach areas. Use these finger pockets to clean the wheel thoroughly before painting or to maintain the wheel after refinishing.

16 x 16 All Purpose Microfiber Towel
Use these microfiber detailing towels for drying, buffing, or as a finishing wipe down. Microfiber is designed to be light, strong, super-absorbent and quick drying. The fibers are non-abrasive, and are woven so tightly that it’s absolutely lint free and extremely durable. Unbelievably, these ultra-tough fibers are engineered to absorb seven times their weight in moisture.

Directions and Tips

Start by removing the wheels to be painted and remove the existing finish completely. Clean the surface with Wurth Prep-Solve to remove any lingering smudges or grease that could interfere with priming.

Prime the wheel with several light coats of Wurth Self Etch Primer and allow to dry for several hours.

Apply 2 to 3 coats of 1Z Einszett Silber “Silver Wheel Lacquer” Spray 30 minutes apart until even coverage is achieved. It is always better to apply thin coats and build the color coat from there instead of doing one thick coat that could run or sag. Allow to dry completely before next step.

Complete your total German wheel restoration with 2 to 3 light coats of Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer. Allow to dry completely before driving.

German Wheel Restoration Kit Contents:
17 oz. Wurth Clean-Solve
12 oz. Wurth Self Etch Primer
13.5 oz. 1Z Einszett Silver Wheel Spray Paint
13.5 oz. Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer
16 x 16 inch Microfiber Towel
2 Wolfgang Finger Pockets
 

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Just did the paint coating using the paint pen. After two layers, the scratch looks have nearly disappeared. I'll be starting the sanding process followed by the clear coat this weekend. I'll snaps some pictures of the outcome.


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Now I know what my school art teacher was saying about me sucking at art.

Paint was ok but my application for the clear coat has much to be desired. I'll probably need to apply the clear coat on the whole rim. Otherwise a rather decent job unless you take a close look.






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Restoring Wheels to New

German Wheel Restoration Kit from Autotopia.com
<<http://www.autopia-carcare.com/wheel-scuff-repair-kit-2.html>>
Item #:
GWK-100 Regular Price: $49.99 Good for 2 Wheels
Product Description
Everything needed to refinish bare metal wheels!
Four-part system for complete refinishing.
Authentic German products create an authentic European finish.
Easy-to-use products for great results.


The German Wheel Restoration Kit is designed to refinish bare metal wheels and replicate an authentic European silver wheel finish. This four-part kit includes a cleaner, primer, silver base coat, and high gloss final coat. For best results remove the wheels from the vehicle and strip off the existing finish.

The German Wheel Restoration Kit includes products made in Germany by Wurth and 1Z Einszett. Both companies are European leaders in car care and their refinishing products are considered best in class.

Wurth Clean Solve, 17 oz.
Wurth Clean-Solve is a fast acting cleaner and solvent that will quickly remove wax, tar, gum, grease, paint over-spray, adhesive, oil, and silicone. Clean-Solve can be used on a variety of surfaces including: base coat, clear coat, aluminum, fiberglass, wood, glass, fabrics, vinyls, and even carpeting. Clean-Solve does not leave any film. Use Wurth Clean Solve with the the Wolfgang Finger Pockets and All Purpose Microfiber towel to remove any residues that could interfere with priming prior to using Wurth Self Etch Primer.

Wurth Self Etch Primer, 12 oz.
Use Wurth Self Etch Primer to prepare painted wheels for refinishing. This fast drying formula has excellent sanding properties, filling properties, and strong adhesion to all metals and other surfaces. Remove the wheel finish first, than apply Wurth Self Etch Primer in several light coats. Allow several hours to dry before painting with color.

1Z Einszett Silber “Silver Wheel Lacquer” Spray 13.5 oz.
1Z Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer is a fast-drying lacquer that matches the standard alloy wheel paint use by Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi and most other European OEMs. Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer can be effectively used for spot repairs or full wheel restoration. The German design nozzle produces a fine, even spray that is easy to control and produces a near-factory finish. Einszett German Alloy Silver Wheel Lacquer dries quickly and is chip resistant. Use several very light coats and allow 30 minutes drying time between coats. The silver color coat will have a textured look and feel that provides a three dimensional effect when properly

Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer, 13.5 oz.
Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer is the final high-gloss coat to achieve the perfect European wheel finish. For best results spray 2 to 3 light coats about 30 minutes apart, in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. After the final coat give several long hours to dry then enjoy your work in the sun.

2 Wolfgang Finger Pockets
Clean and polish tight spaces with the European green foam Wolfgang Finger Pockets. These pockets fit over 2 to 4 fingers snugly you can maneuver them into hard-to-reach areas. Use these finger pockets to clean the wheel thoroughly before painting or to maintain the wheel after refinishing.

16 x 16 All Purpose Microfiber Towel
Use these microfiber detailing towels for drying, buffing, or as a finishing wipe down. Microfiber is designed to be light, strong, super-absorbent and quick drying. The fibers are non-abrasive, and are woven so tightly that it’s absolutely lint free and extremely durable. Unbelievably, these ultra-tough fibers are engineered to absorb seven times their weight in moisture.

Directions and Tips

Start by removing the wheels to be painted and remove the existing finish completely. Clean the surface with Wurth Prep-Solve to remove any lingering smudges or grease that could interfere with priming.

Prime the wheel with several light coats of Wurth Self Etch Primer and allow to dry for several hours.

Apply 2 to 3 coats of 1Z Einszett Silber “Silver Wheel Lacquer” Spray 30 minutes apart until even coverage is achieved. It is always better to apply thin coats and build the color coat from there instead of doing one thick coat that could run or sag. Allow to dry completely before next step.

Complete your total German wheel restoration with 2 to 3 light coats of Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer. Allow to dry completely before driving.

German Wheel Restoration Kit Contents:
17 oz. Wurth Clean-Solve
12 oz. Wurth Self Etch Primer
13.5 oz. 1Z Einszett Silver Wheel Spray Paint
13.5 oz. Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer
16 x 16 inch Microfiber Towel
2 Wolfgang Finger Pockets
Completed the job and they look AS NEW. Amazing transformation. Purchased from Autopia.com just 49.99 per kit. They claimed it would do 2 wheels so I bought 2 kits but never needed to open the second kit as the coverage was excellent and I did all four wheels with 3 coats of primer, paint and clear coat. Cured with IR lamp. Polished post cure and waxed and they look like new.
 

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Should have done a before and after shot. Wheels look good. Although I can still see the curb rash on that wheel.
BTW: my rims look horrible. They are way pass trying to do it myself. I think for the money, time, effort, and result...it's worth going to a professional.
 

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Started with 80 grit and moved up in grit level, lip was a mess. Used duplicolor primer, duplicolor grey wheel spray then duplicolor clear. Happy with results. I still need to do the other rims Thinking of a drill cup grinding wheel for the other that has the nasty lip rash.
 

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Finished like this....

After hours of sanding and cleaning: 4 coats of primer, 30 minute dry time between coats, 800 grit light wet sand between coats, let dry overnight, next day 4 coats of the wheel paint, same 30 minute between coats I used a little 1500 grit after the 2nd coat for silk finishing , then clear 3 coats and let dry overnite. No bondo used, lots of sanding! I'm in Canada looked around for the wurth paint did not find it local, duplicolor worked pretty well.

Did the center cap aswell, sand , primer, paint, clear coat...

Guys use a resipirator, do not breath paint or primer fumes!

Now off to my tire guy... Yoko S Drives 235 45 17 all around., should stick like glue
 

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Supplies, missing duplicolor clear coat in pic. Bought a 3M sanding block did not need it, you really need to use your fingers.. Meguiars wheel cleaner is excellent ...takes off brake dust...
 

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This is the car (before wheel restore) this whole process takes alot of time.... Thinking 120 bucks they want at the pro place per wheel is worth every penny, however , there is that satisfaction of DIY and 6 day turn around per wheel means running on my spare four 4 weeks....
 

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