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    Want to change the colour of the 17" GSi rims to charcoal or graphite.

    Could I just mask off the tyre (off the car of course), key the existing laquer and use a prinmer and top coat from somewhere like Halfrauds?

    Or should I get it done properly? Harry at The Autowerks in Slough would be my choice.

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    you can, needs lacquer as well for protection and gloss. never as good as a pro finish but far better than damaged wheels IMO.

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    i have seen a pro sprayer who is going to do mine and he justs masks the tyre off and sprays them and also refurbs them

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    Just thought that a "pro" job might be better as at least they might bake the wheels in an oven as they do with bodywork or am I years behind the times when it comes to paint?

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    i went in to him the other day and was just masking them up ready for paint. i think he leaves the wheels in an ovan after but dont know if that would harm the tyres so ive had him to take my tyres off

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectragsi3.2 View Post
    i went in to him the other day and was just masking them up ready for paint. i think he leaves the wheels in an ovan after but dont know if that would harm the tyres so ive had him to take my tyres off
    Thanks for that, would make sense I guess. Just reading about how Harry does things, quite labour intensive but have asked for price anyway http://the-autowerks.com/WheelRefurbishment.aspx

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    for the sake of 10mins work take the tyres off pal take it to any garage or do it by hand if youve got the levers (a lost art now reclaimed by me)

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    I'd say you'd be better to get the wheels powder coated. It gives a better finish and hides any minor scrapes etc. I had a set of Snowflakes painted and when i scuffed 1 wheel on a kerb the paint started to flake off the whole wheel. Powder coating is better in my opinion.
    Powder coating can be done in any colour.

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