An older auto may have curb rash, with cuts and scrapes in the alloy and most will show discoloration. If it is not chrome or polished it will have a coating and a clear coat. This will take 8 hours or less depending on the number of wheels.
Cost for a pro company $130.00 and up for refurb and or refurb replacement. Pros use more 2 part epoxy to quicken dry time.
- Primer – Etch or Adhesive promote Coat 1
- Base Coat – Metallic Silver 3 coats 20 mins apart
- Clear Coat – High Gloss Clear Coat 2 to 3 coats 20 mins apart
- 3 M Metal Bondo filler
- Brake cleaner, vinegar, and detergent
- An old deck of cards, newspaper, tape
A palm sander, Dremel tool, and grinder attachments, Drill, sandpaper grits 80 – 220. Dremel attachments – grind/sand
- Remove wheel
- Clean with detergent/water then vinegar
- Use drill/wire brush to clean up
- Use Dremel grind to clean up any metal needed that is pitted or raised. Enough to highlight the low spots
- Use Dremel to sand the areas grinded
- Vinegar and detergent clean process
- Apply Bondo metal to areas that are low spots, needs 3 hours to dry no more than a 1/16 layer at a time.
- Sand with Dremel, palm sander and inspect
- Clean with Vinegar, then detergent and water, then brake cleaner- let dry
- Tape up – Use a deck of cards around the bead. Use paper to cover the tire, also fill in the inside of the wheel with paper. Put a paper towel in each stud hole.
- Apply primer coat wait 20 mins
- Apply 3 coats of Base color 20 min apart
- Apply 2 to 3 coats of Clear let dry 4 hours, put the wheel back on the car.