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Ever since purchasing my car a while ago the wheels have always needed attention. In reality they need a proper refurb to get them up to scratch and get the car looking great. Wheels can often maketh a car so pretty important stuff really...

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Now the professionals charge a small fortune to get 3 peice split rims done, many wont even touch em... so i thought id have a go myself:

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After an age of trying to find the right Gold... its actually a pretty good match. (if a tad dull)

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So ive been doing this in a two stage process. been using the spare and spare from the NA whilst im doing the work. (slow i know!) and whilst tightening bolts and checking them over to put em back on the car to embark on the other side disaster struck... the rear was leaking a fair bit and a quick check over all the bolts resulted in a sheered bolt and subsequent leak....

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looks like i will have to take them all out again, split them, sand again, get new nuts and bolts, repaint the centre, reseal with new silicone then reassemble....

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or i just give them to someone else to sort.... very tempting as ive already had inumerable blisters, broken nails and even a suspected broken finger on the two ive done!

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How much have you been quoted per wheel

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They look great.

 

What colour gold is it and where can i get some?

 

Could you replace just the one bolt - would that not fix the leak? 

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Cheers Paul... they have taken an eternity to get to this stage! the fronts are a little shabby but still infinately better than their previous condition.

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Barry after ages of pondering and searching through pictures of wheels and various paints i went for the good old fashioned Hammerite gold. its easy to apply, bonds to anything and pretty hardwaring (i hope) i was going to laquer the centres but im told that the paint would not react well. the lips have just been polished.... lots and lots of polishing!

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The rear in question did have a slow leak anyhow which i think has now been execerbated so i will split then re-seal it probably with new bolts ,although i desperately want to keep the old ones.

Peter, many places wont touch split rims but quotes range from 400-600 plus VAT... hence doing them myself!

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