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Old 11-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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VW Golf Edition 30 BBS Pescara Wheel Refurb - Day One! Day Two will follow...

As part of the expanding service offerings from MCC/SS we are offering wheel refurbishment. We have chosen to not offer powder coating as we believe the best possible finish can be achieved from a paint/clearcoat route.

As a flavour of the work we'll be doing I thought I'd share a mini write up to show the step by step process we go through to get a wheel perfect again. These are my own wheels from my Golf Edition 30, with some very minor cosmetic damage and I also fancy a colour change - so an ideal candidate for this write up.

This first part covers Day 1 which is up to the point of applying the primer. Tomorrow I'll add Day 2 which will show the painting process and also the finishing touches. I hope some of you find this useful and insightful.

So we started off at MCC HQ where my Golf was sat looking a little sorry for itself! We initially cleaned the wheels on the car to remove the excessive amount of dirt and brake dust build up, ahead of removing the tyres and beginning the refurb process.

Some befores:


DSC01063 by RussZS, on Flickr

(I've still not had the crack repaired which will be featured in a future write up!):


DSC01064 by RussZS, on Flickr

Cosmetic damage on the wheels:


DSC01066 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01067 by RussZS, on Flickr

The wheels were cleansed with IronX and AutoSmart Smart Wheels and various brushes:


DSC01068 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01069 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01071 by RussZS, on Flickr

Next the Golf was moved into my unit, jacked up and the wheels were removed:


DSC01072 by RussZS, on Flickr

Next the wheels were transported to SS HQ where they were cleansed further after being removed from the car.

**At this point the wheels would normally be passed across for chemical stripping meaning that some of the following processes would not normally apply but we were unable to do this today as the contract goes live from tomorrow so we progressed 'manually' for today**


DSC01076 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01077 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01080 by RussZS, on Flickr

Once cleansed as much as we could, the wheels were moved inside to have the wheel weights removed and any further marking present ahead of the sanding stages:


DSC01086 by RussZS, on Flickr

Surprising to see this bubbling from the OEM paint:


DSC01091 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01094 by RussZS, on Flickr

Next we began flatting and keying the surface with various things including 180 and 240 grit paper:


DSC01097 by RussZS, on Flickr

Via DA Sander and by hand:


DSC01099 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01100 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01102 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01103 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01104 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01105 by RussZS, on Flickr

Bubbling and corrosion removed:


DSC01106 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01108 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01110 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01112 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01116 by RussZS, on Flickr

Full flattened and ready for priming:


DSC01117 by RussZS, on Flickr

Meanwhile, I was busy selecting a colour. I wanted to go original OEM colour initially but I always liked darker wheels on a black car, so went for...


DSC01118 by RussZS, on Flickr

LOTS to choose from!!


DSC01098 by RussZS, on Flickr

All 4 ready for priming.


DSC01122 by RussZS, on Flickr

Next the wheels were wiped down with U-Pol Degreaser to ensure that they are completely clean:


DSC01123 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01124 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01126 by RussZS, on Flickr

Next Etch primer, followed by 2k primer:


DSC01128 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01129 by RussZS, on Flickr

Etch primer:


DSC01133 by RussZS, on Flickr

Finished:


DSC01134 by RussZS, on Flickr

Followed with 2k Primer:


DSC01137 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01140 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC01142 by RussZS, on Flickr

That's it for Day One!

Tomorrow we will flatten the primer with 1200, then the painting will continue...

I hope someone has found this useful.

Thanks for reading.

Thoughts on the colour??

Update in Post 79:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...2&postcount=79

Russ.

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BMW Sepang bronze!
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Love the Anthracite colour, I'm sure I'll look great against your Black ED30. The finish does look superior to powdercoating even at the primed stage, but will it be as strong e.g curbing causing flaking etc?

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I'll have a look for that tomorrow. I do quite fancy that Bentley colour though. It's great having thousands to choose from!
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Love the Anthracite colour, I'm sure I'll look great against your Black ED30. The finish does look superior to powdercoating even at the primed stage, but will it be as strong e.g curbing causing flaking etc?

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From what I've seen of the white OZ's on Mick's Evo6 - yes! They have been used HARD and clean up like new after 5 years.
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Great to see the process that a wheel refurb goes through, really looking forward to seeing Day 2. That's a good choice on colour in my opinion, really looking forward to seeing some photos up soon Russ.
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Nice to see you progressing your business Russ. Health and safety head on now you should invest in some ear defence for using the air tools as the frequency of the exhaust is really bad for your ears.
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Nice to see you progressing your business Russ. Health and safety head on now you should invest in some ear defence for using the air tools as the frequency of the exhaust is really bad for your ears.
Thank you!

Indeed, I do have all of the stuff including safety goggles. They are the most uncomfortable things in the world but I have started wearing them!
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Looking good Russ...
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This is a very useful service to have, I'm sure alot customers will have there wheel refurbished when there cars have been fully detailed, does make a massive difference having wheels refurbed, it's the last finishing touch for sure

You've made the right choice Russ, as some professional detailers on here have this service to offer too there customers.

Russ will you be doing detailing as a full timer any soon, or no attentions so far; looks like a good step for you, as you are building your reputation quick
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