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Hi All

Please can anyone help me find the right Paint so that I can improve the appearance of my Alloys?

UK based.

They are the silver colour as shown in the image.
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Much appreciated.
 

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That's corrosion. It is pretty insidious on aluminum alloy wheels, so that it needs to be excised. The wheel refinishing people claim that it needs to be blasted pretty substantially and smoothed-down / blended - or it will return.

I am not sure... but a spot of touchup paint may not really do the trick...
 

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Oh I borrowed the pic off another post, since they are the same as my Wheels.

I've got the equipment for the job, just need a match for the paint now.

Cheers guys.
 

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Hi,

I cannot find the paint, so whilst I'm working from home I'm going to do a full refurb.

I will repair and fill the damage. Prime the damage with Hycote Etch primer, and then Hycote Grey primer.

Going with this Silver and Laquar to finish.

I will keep you guys upto date with the progress. :)
 

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Hello Guys, My wheel refurb project as begun.

Please note this is only possible as I'm home at the moment. Lots of time.

Steps.

1, Remove the Wheel and Inspect

As you can see, terrible condition.







2, Wash





3, Dry

4, Mask Off

5, Sand;

(80 Grit on the damage only)

6, Alcohol Clean

7, Isopon Fix/Fill if required

(Build Shape, allow to Dry)

8, Sand

(80 Grit over repairs)

9, Sand

(320 Grit all over the Wheel)



10, Etch Primer;

(1 Coat)

Use light coat of etch primer on exposed alloy area and allow to Dry 24 Hours



11, Paint Calipers








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11, Primer

(2 Coats)

Spray at a distance of 6 inches and spray with a smooth motion and with light coats.

If you spray beyond the edges of the wheel then you can avoid geting an excess of paint building up along the rim.

Lots of light coats is much better than 1 heavy coat.

If you've put too much paint on (small pools of wet paint) then let it dry and see what it looks like. Don't try and cover it with more paint.

If you get a run, let it dry and sand it down with the 600 grit paper.

Always spray the rear of the wheel first, as some paint will overspray onto the front.





12, Sand

(600 Grit Light dry)

Once the primer is properly dry rub it down (very lighty) with 600 Grit paper this will give you a nice smooth finish, try not to sand through the primer.

If you do you can always spray some more.

13, Inspect and Clean

(Sand 600 if required and clean the wheel off with alcohol)

14, Paint

(Shake Well, 3 Coats)

Try to avoid putting too much on in one go, and again start by spraying the back.

Very Light Multiple Coats -

*Allow 30mins to dry between Coats, Last coat Dry overnight.



15, Laquar

(3 Coats)

1 Layer Light Coat - Dry
2 Layer Light Coat - Dry
3, Thicker Layer

6 Hours Cure.



Spray the coats lightly and evenly as its quite easy to mess this up. Dont put too much on in one go!

Let the laquer dry 4-6 and Wax



By no means perfect, but for 50 nicker total cost, this was worth while.



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You are only having to do this since the alloy wheels are cheap Chinese tat. I've had all mine replaced under warranty and there are signs or corrosion again after a year despite being kept clean. I also note the corrosion on your suspension components due to Mazda skimping on corrosion prevention in areas unnoticed by most customers.
 
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