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After reading threads on the forum regarding wheel colour, decided to have mine stripped and polished.
Due to back tyre being on the limit and it being the easiest to remove thought I'd have that one done first, took it to a local wheel polishing specialist !!!!! what a shit job, :m hadn't stripped all the paint off, loads of dull patches so back at work decided i had enough equipment to do the job myself....................................... :h what a chore, started using 600 wet/dry with autosol the big open bits were no problem, the inside of the spokes :bang:
Gave up after 15 hours finished using polishing mops in an air die tool, first mop cutting compound the second polishing compound.....what a shine :D .
Have decided I'm not going through all thia again in six months so its off to the powder coating place......
Still got the front one to do :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang:
Looks fantastic - are you sure you don't want to do any more?
Think of those long winter evenings, nothing on telly and my wheels on your bench.
Go on. Please. :k
Very nice. What are you having done at the "Powder coating place", a clear lacquer?
Please tell me your gonna get them clear coated...............they look fantastic
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are you sure you don't want to do any more?
ooh yes the front wheels going to be the last, have used just as much hand cream as cutting paste :}
wasn't sure if clear powder coat or laquer would be best, i have been told clear powder coat has a harder finish, so will prob have that done.
Will be just too difficult to keep shiney with out coating, especially the front behind brake discs.
Just not sure how much the finish is affected by powder coating. will see. :dunno:
I had a set of polished wheels and powder-coated them. It took away quite a bit of the shine. Not sure if this always happens though or if it's down to the person doing it.
I realise that I'm going to lose some of the shine but it has to better than polishing them every couple of weeks :dunno:
A mate has just given me some jewellers Rouge to finish polishing them off and then over to be coated.
I reckon lacquering them would keep more shine, but then I haven't tried it.
Personally I think the guy that done mine wiped them over with a spirit wipe even though I asked him not too. This would take away a lot of the shine.
My last car had alloys on which the spokes were powder coated and the rims lacquered. Two and a half years of mainly winter driving and they just shrugged off the dirt and never needed anything more than a wipe round after the occassional hosing (infrequently). Without looking very, very closely you would never have guessed they were lacquered. As for the spokes, they just stayed dull.
I guess what I'm saying is - all that work, gorgeous wheels and you're gonna dull 'em down again, man - it just don't seem right. :B :B
Feck me....just come back from coating company that quoted me £30 per wheel......they now want £100, :bang: said min charge for 1 off job, but if i want 4 wheels done it would be £30 per wheel, when i said it was a motor bike he said he'll do three for £90 what that about then, :dunno: :dunno: LOL, perhaps he thought I strap a spare to my back... :}
So paint laquering it is, suppose it might not be as tough as powder coating but it will carry more shine :D and paint laquer is easier to remove..
Talk about an easy job going tits up :goofy: :goofy: :goofy:
After binning the idea of having my wheels clear powder coated due to extortionate cost of local company, I am going down the laquered route, but the sprayer has told me due to the highly polished smooth surface of the wheel the laquered will not adhere to the wheel properly, and so will not guarentee the job.
So, is there any one out there who has had their wheels laquered ? and if so, how does the finish hold up to every day use. ?
Jabber mate i keep all my polished bits shiny with ALU metal polish ,Repels water and shit like nothing i`ve ever used :bow:
by the way GREAT JOB MATE
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