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#21 jon1bc

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:53 PM

Any update on how the finish is bearing up?


I saw them at the weekend after not being touched for 2 weeks. The initial appearance was as I would have expected after 2 week worth of driving in average weather conditions. I smeared my finger over one of the spokes as it came up as "new" However, to be honest, I don't thing enough time has elapsed to be able to give a fair indication on its durability. I will post a review in 2 weeks tiem when I go back
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:24 PM

Hi.How much would this normally cost to have done at one of those refirb garages.I bet it would be expensive and would not look half as nice as yours.Cheers Lilyrose.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:11 PM

Thanks lilyrose, I wouldn't have a clue how much they would cost probably quite expensive as you say.

Well its been about nearly 6 weeks since they were done. I had a look at them at the weekend, washed the grime off and dried them. There were no signs of pitting, just very faint what looked like water marks in a few places that would not come off with damp cloth although I had to look very closely so see them.

I gave them a brief hand polish which removed these marks and they came up as 'new'.

I'm guessing these water marks were the first initial signs of weathering and that if they were left longer, i'e 4-5 months, then these marks would be more prominent.

Some people may say giving them a polish and a wax every 1-2 months is high maintenance but in my opinion the burnished finish of the alloy outweighs any extra efforts in keeping them corrosion free.

I would imagine that giving them a quick wax everytime the car was washed would suffice in keeping them protected and spotless.

Overall I am happy with how they have withstood the elements. I will post up more pictures soon.

As part of my next project I'm looking to source a few scratched ST alloys needing refurb and burnish a set of 4 to maybe sell on ebay. i wonder if there would be any interest!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:57 PM

This is probably a stupid question but how did you tackle the bits inbetween the spokes? Did you just sand the lacquer off by hand and then polish as best as you could?
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 07:50 AM

Only the face was burnished. Any light scracthes on the inside of the wheel were wetsanded & polished like you would with car paintwork but obviously this depends on the condition of the alloy.



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Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:24 PM

Fancy doing mine for me? I only live in Halifax :whistling:
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 08:05 PM

any pics of them after a few months

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:01 PM

I will get some at the weekend when i go down
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:21 AM

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Any pics of them after a few months x2

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:22 PM

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Here they are after a few months - not looking too bad - as you can see there is faint corrosion in places which appear as white spots.

Wiping over with water / cleaning lubricant does not remove the spots. They will need a brief polish which I will do tomorrow and post up the results.

The condition of the alloys as they stand after a few months exceeded my expectations.
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:23 PM

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Looking good. Perhaps secret would be to coat with wheel wax every week or two.

Now hows about polishing them caps.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:27 PM

are you aware that some plastic primers are transparent and this would cure the oxidising problem

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:40 PM

But surely you would still have the same problem of the primer not adhering to the polished metal? or am I missing something?
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 12:04 PM

try a body shop. im sure plastic primer is like etch so should be ok. or have you tried to see if any wear can do transparent powder coating

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:19 PM

How are they holding up now Jon?
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:45 PM

Hi ReggieK,

I'll take some snaps next time I see the old man
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 09:28 PM

Hi Jon,
Anymore pics of the alloys? I am thinking of giving this a go in the summer, but curious to see if they suffer in anyway over the winter.
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 09:51 PM

Hi Jon,

I haven't seen them but the old man said they had corroded a little after 4 months untouched, over the winter period. He has since gone over them with the machine polisher and have come up a treat.

Basically if your looking for a good finish with low maintenance then I suggest you avoid going down the burnshing route, however, if you are prepard to give a little tlc every few months then in my opinion the clean, shiny burnish finish outweights the efforts in keeping them maintained.


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#39 BLUEJON

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Jon.
If it was only the face of the wheels that was done, would a regular waxing with mirror glaze or collinite do the job of keeping them in mint nick?
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#40 jon1bc

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:11 PM

Well I think you would stand a far better chance. To be honest, I dont think my dad ever waxed them.

I assume you have a machine polisher?
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