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    The alloys are in a right state and the front passenger has a scuff on every spoke thanks to some dodgy parking and extremely high kerbs on holiday!! I'm going to have a go myself and I've read on here that the VX star silver is a good match for the colour. Ok to buy from Halfrauds or best to get original paint from stealers?? Also what is the best alloy wheel putty to use??

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    If the scuffs are not too deep you could just use nomal body filler. Plastic Padding/Cataloy etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapala View Post
    If the scuffs are not too deep you could just use nomal body filler. Plastic Padding/Cataloy etc.
    Will it not just pop out first time I hit a pot hole? Some are pretty superficial and just need a good rubbing down but one or two are proper chunks ( Mrs Marky's ones!!) and will need filling

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    This link may help click me

    I'll need to do mine soon

    heres another link click me too
    Last edited by Thunder; 18th August 2009 at 20:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    This link may help click me

    I'll need to do mine soon

    heres another link click me too
    Cheers for those links but think I just wanted to do damaged areas and attempt to blend it in. Not so sure now....will I have to do the whole wheel?

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    its easier if you do the full wheel, if your only doing one alloy, the spray the other alloy on the same side of your car then you will not see the colour difference, AutoGlym silver wheel paint is very good and easy to use, also its better if you use chemical metal rather than normal body filler, its just abit stronger, it is very easy to work with, in fact it very similar to body filler.
    I have done some alloys and found it very easy, just remember 4 light coats look better and cover better than one thick coat...... take your time..

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    I always end up with dodgy alloys and aslong as they aren't buckled and affecting the ride quality your fine for repair.. I would have them all filled, smoothed and sprayed. But if your going through all that trouble with the tyres off and everything why stick with silver? People pay a lot for custom sprayed rims.. Do something special

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    Taking everything into consideration and having another look at the damage to that wheel I'm going to go the whole hog and paint the whole wheel. In the words of my wife "It can't look any worse than it does now!!" Just need to buy all the gear now and put a day aside. I have read on here that VX star silver 2 is the closest match for Sri facelift alloys. Also what is the difference between normal and high build or filler primer?
    Last edited by marky2027; 19th August 2009 at 12:37.

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    I bought this once:

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165492

    It wasn't bad if you're just after a bit of spot repairing. There were only a few little scuffs and chips, and I was quite happy with the result. In hindsight, I think it would have been a lot better if I had taken more time to smooth/shape the filler. I'd definitely try it again should I have the need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaite53 View Post
    I bought this once:

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165492

    It wasn't bad if you're just after a bit of spot repairing. There were only a few little scuffs and chips, and I was quite happy with the result. In hindsight, I think it would have been a lot better if I had taken more time to smooth/shape the filler. I'd definitely try it again should I have the need to.
    Cheers for that. I had looked at this but just from looking on net today I think I will get all the bits and genuine VX paint for about that price. Any ideas about which shade of star silver to use yet?? Incidentally do you just buy the different shades from over the parts counter or are they specially mixed?? I fear I am making an arse of myself asking this question especially as I have justfied my costs

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