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      02-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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OEM 19" Alloy refurbish

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have you guys refurbished your wheels before?

Clipped the rear one today in the car park.

But all the wheels suffer from some weird clouding and they all have the edges like chopped of a 1/2 mm along the rim like from removing the tyre or something?

Thinking all doing them all at once. Not sure the cost / time. And is it possible to achieve that polished / chrome look?
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      02-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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yes..you need to have them "diamond cut" , not all repairer can do it though and it more expensive and can only be refurb once !. I have a second set powder coated in smoke chrome , looks awesome !
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      02-03-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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It's a special paint that is more $$

I just bought another set instead. It was cheaper than refinishing since oem 19 is not desirable and very cheap. I got a set for $250 and sold my old set for more
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      02-04-2013, 06:29 AM   #4
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Did you buy the car new? Are you sure they haven't been "diamond cut" before?

The edge being chopped all the way around is what a diamond cut wheel would look like. Maybe if its going cloudy poor quality laquer was used.
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      02-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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It's a special paint that is more $$

I just bought another set instead. It was cheaper than refinishing since oem 19 is not desirable and very cheap. I got a set for $250 and sold my old set for more
we cant get it here for $250 lol, more like £800+ , even the 18" wheels sell for £800+
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      02-04-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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Can it be fixed?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptm6yxr4ha...035%2014.jpg?m

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ft5g56odb...035%2024.jpg?m

£600-800 on ebay but they're usually scratched as well.

Tempted by replica style ones, but are they ok? Feel bad / guilty using fake alloys.

Brought car as used and this weird 1/2mm eaten away all around the edge. Can feel it with the finger. So you reckon it will cost a lot to fully repair these wheels?
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      02-04-2013, 11:02 AM   #7
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What about this?

A straight swap for some re manufactured ones but in powder coat smoke?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155-EXCHAN...item35c35a5041
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      02-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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What about this?

A straight swap for some re manufactured ones but in powder coat smoke?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155-EXCHAN...item35c35a5041
basically your just having a reburb and they fitted it for you as £300 is same cost of reburb all 4 wheels 9maybe more actually).
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      02-04-2013, 03:42 PM   #9
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What about this?

A straight swap for some re manufactured ones but in powder coat smoke?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155-EXCHAN...item35c35a5041
I wouldn't go for re-manufactured wheels when you have OEM's on the car just get them refurbed properly as agree with earlier post, suffering from poor quality lacquer/job first time....
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      02-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #10
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Can give Lepsons in Gillingham a go, have used them before 2 cars back and were spot on.

http://www.lepsons.com/
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      02-04-2013, 04:20 PM   #11
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Hi Joe,

As long as the wheels are thick enough to be machined again we are able to refurbish them.

The cost would be £380+VAT (£456inc) for all 4 if you left the car with us during the process which takes 4-5 working days.
We donít offer a warranty with diamond cut alloys.

The only further charges would include any buckles or cracks in the alloys, which we discount to an extra £10+VAT (£12inc) per wheel during a refurbishment.

That quote is to refurbish them with the diamond cut finish back to OEM.
Unfortunately we are unable to tell until you bring them in.

If they are unable to be diamond cut again we have a painted finish that give the illusion of a diamond cut effect with a brighter front face and darker inserts.
We have a sample of either finish in the office if you wish to drop in and have a look.
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Hi Joe

Thank you very much for your enquiry. The price to do all 4 wheels for you in a Diamond cut with standard finish paint will cost you £360+vat which up until the 14th Feb will include the storage fee cost. If its after this date you will need to add the storage fee £40+vat to your overall figures.

With Diamond cut finish there are only so many times this can be done before the wheel is too thin and therefore unsafe. When we see the wheels in the flesh without the tyres on them we can confirm this procedure can go ahead. An alternative to this would be to have the wheels painted all over, so lets see.

The process we do here is buy stripping the tyres off first, then the wheels go into the chemical stripping tanks overnight, the chemical we use is very eco friendly and will not effect the the alloy. There wheel is then checked for cracks and bends. The next stage is a shot blasting process which removes any paint that may be left, then into the preparation state to remove any curbing marks, then into the primer stage, then paint, then out into the Diamond cut area, then back into the lacquer stage. There are quality control process all the way through the stages to get the ultimate finish.

The process takes approx 3 days, there is a train station over the road from us, so might be worth checking your route home, alternatively a hire car will cost you £50+vat for the 3 days.
But I had many discussions with other members and apparently they can never get it to be 100% diamond cut OEM finish and they have used lepsons before.

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      02-05-2013, 12:49 PM   #12
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if it cost that much ...you might as well get a spare set when they come up for sale . or just powder coat yr oem set .
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Ah sorry my bad didn't realise for a diamond cut it wouldn't be back to 100%, what about a nice anthracite powder coat
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      02-06-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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Yep, those look have already had a simple diamond cut once around the outer edge with a lathe. I'm pretty sure that they won't be able to get them back to oem.

If it was me I'd be getting them powder coated.
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      02-07-2013, 03:54 PM   #15
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Look up username 'dips' on the cutters forum. He did a diamond cut on my OEM wheels for less than £300.

Link (look at post 328): http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showth...=33784&page=17
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      02-08-2013, 08:03 AM   #16
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Wow, looks good, but not sure about mine since there is already a chunk that's been cut from what it seems.
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