[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]
Re: My first venture to the Q-net
On Fri, 17 Mar 1995, Bob D'Amato wrote:
> what do you reccommend for the 'alloy' speedlines on the coupe quattro?
> The previous owner really neglected them, and the clearcloat is coming
> off in sheets. Can I bead blast them? Will it still look OK? I would
> prefer not sending them out to be done, but I certainly could...
> Never bead blasted a mag before... then clear coat again? mx
Bead blasting is bad news for your alloys, it just doesn't do them any
good. I know in Britain there are several companies which take your
wheels, dip them in some chemical bath which strips the paint without
damaging the wheel, then repaint them properly. If there are any defects
in the rims, they'll either fix them (if they're minor) or tell you to
get a new wheel. It cost about 40 pounds per wheel ($70?), but the outfit
(it was a report in a motoring journal) seemed mega professional.
Apparently it is the only way to salvage knackered wheels.
Let me know what you do, as I have spoked alloys on an old 316 which are
completely wrecked (clear coat peeling left, right and centre), that I've
been wondering for a while what to do about. Thing is, the spokes are
painted black, while the rims are polished alloy.