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Is respraying alloys silver ever a good idea?

Discussion in 'Exterior & Bodywork' started by Fred the Clio, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Fred the Clio

    Fred the Clio ClioSport Club Member

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    Hi guys,
    I want to respray my 182 alloys in an more OEM silver as I'm sick of anthracite and miss the 'freshness' of silver. Anyone got any experience on this or care to share their opinion?
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    Fred
     
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    Why wouldn't it be a good idea?

    I changed some black ones to dark silver/light anthracite a while back and it was infinitely better
     
  3. Fred the Clio

    Fred the Clio ClioSport Club Member

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    I've heard that silver refurbs can look cheap and nasty appearing more matte than glossy. Guess I'll have to find out.
     
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    As long as whoever refurbs them knows what they're doing, they'll look as good as the day they left the factory.

    If you have no opposable thumbs and use s**t materials with crap prep and dothem in your shed, with dust and silicone everywhere, then yes, they'll be s**t.
     
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    They'll look dull after the colour coat but then you lacquer over them

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    Fred the Clio ClioSport Club Member

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    I DIY refu
    They look solid. I've refurbed before but my prep wasn't perfect. I've got plenty of time on my hands to do this properly now though. Thanks for the advice lads.
     
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    Plenty of places that will do powder coating pretty cheap.

    I've refurbed wheels in the past myself and have had mixed results. For the time and risk of them turning out rubbish I don't think it's worth the hassle over a cheap powder coating.

    Using decent primer, paint, lacquer, filler, sand paper, etc it's going to cost over £50 in materials. Places like city powder coating can do a full set of wheels for £80, this increases in price if you want same day turn around and tyre removal, and fitting.
     
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    Always paint rather than powedercoat. Always
     
  9. Fred the Clio

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    It's a tough one. Do it at home or take it to a shop. In my area prices are minimum £40 a wheel which adds up pretty quick. A home refurb is half the price. Maybe if it was a 2ltr I'd get them powder coated. I referred my current alloys in anthracite and was happy with the finish but with silver- it's a lighter colour so will show up scratches more. Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Fred the Clio ClioSport Club Member

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    Anyone know a decent silver for the wheels? I've got Iceberg Silver. Any ideas if this would replicate a standard alloy well?
     
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    Not sure I agree with this. Powder coating is generally regarded as a much more durable finish from what I've heard.
     
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    Looks like my last message got cut short- sorry about that. Agree with you. I DIY refurbed my current set a couple of years of ago and came up decent. Any ideas on an OEM silver?
     
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    Iceberg silver would be too blue for wheels. If sticking to a Renault silver, use titanium.

    Or just get some silver wheel paint. It's nice and bright and looks oem.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. Swaying towards Audi Titanium Silver. It seems others have used it with good results. Will exchange the paint tomorrow :up:
     
  15. alistairolsen

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    Oh Im sure it can be.

    It is however thick, never looks right, impossible to touch up and a total PITA if you ever want/need to refinish a wheel again in the future.

    If it was that good, OEMs would use it and as far as I'm aware, they all still use a paint based process.
     

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