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At last refurbed my wheels...

Hi guys,

Been wanting to refurb my wheels 2 years now ... well since I got my Lexus more less lol as they were badly pitted.

I took them to inspraytionsmartrepair and got them stripped and sand blasted (like I did with my old Saab 93 Aero wheels)

decided on the colours combo ...

Got the wheels back yesterday (only took 2 days more less to sort them out, thank God as they were busy)

Yesterday

Primered them

1st coat of sparkling graphite colour... it has the metallic content I liked, it is a BMW colour, very sparkly in the sunlight.

2nd coat of sparkling graphte colour.

Today

3rd coat of sparkling graphite colour.

masked them off

1st coat of mica blue Lexus colour (same as the car)

2nd coat of mica blue Lexus colour

Removed masking tape

happy with the result

3 coats of microfan 2000 lacquer ... decided to do that as it is better than spray lacquer, although hate the mixing process lol

And voila all finished.

Painted the center caps sparkling graphite colour as well.

Front Grill painted sparkling graphite (preserved the chrome surrounting)

Lexus backing black holder now is painted mica blue Lexus colour.

And I repaired the nasty tree contract the rear bumper had on the corner ... but I need to leave that a couple of weeks to harden so I can fine wet sand it and make it nice and smooth, match the rest bumper on shine.

over all pleased with the 3 day progress...

Tomorrow I need to do detailing / clay bar / condition the leather / rotary machine the paint and apply sealant and wax.... a busy week so far and a busy weekend

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Wow nice job. I thought you did it with spray cans until I saw the spray gun....That looks good.
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Well it is a very very plain DIY gun ... but it does the job
the 3rd layer of the graphite I did it with a can as I ran out of paint lol and it was easier ... to use rather then go to get some extra paint, it was from the same lot anyway so there was no difference to the colour.

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You did an excellent job. I've been thinking about getting my wheels fixed (I have some nasty curb rash).

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cheers guys
thank you
been a rewarding DIY
will take a couple of pictures tomorrow when I have the tyres and they would be on the car too
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Took a pic today, but I hadn't have time to detail the car the weather was in a funny mood

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Nice job man! Where you located?

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Nice job man! Where you located?
Thank you.

I am in UK, SE Kent

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Right on! What kind of grill do you have on there?

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Right on! What kind of grill do you have on there?
It was removed on the pic when I firstly installed the wheels, it was still drying lol


It is the factory standard grill
I just painted the "mesh" same colour graphite as the wheels
and the backing oval of the L painted blue same as the car.
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Oh I see! lol I couldn't tell from the first pic you posted. It looked like a grill I've never seen.....haha

Nice pics.

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Not my style, but looks like you did a great job. Jealous of your skills.

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