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Just a quick question,

I'm looking at sanding down and respraying my alloy wheels. I just wanted to ask has anyone refurbed them by using an electric sander and if so which one??

I've done a few sets before using bog standard wet and dry which took ages and i've looked at lots of sanders but can't find any that would get into all the nooks and crannies of the wheels.

Any help welcome

Mike
 

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I used an orbital sander on certain parts of mine. I have a Dewalt sander (not sure if they are available their) I worked a lot quicker than the old fashion way and worked pretty wheel I think.
 
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Mike,

I kerbed both nearside QS Ronals in quick succession shortly after I got the car and sanded the polished/lacquered rim smooth with a metal file first and then wet and dry myself. I haven't had chance to relacquer them yet, but to be honest I was quite happy with the result as it is. You can only tell after it's picked up grime.

I have the number of the alloy wheel refurb specialist who worked on them originally at the Audi dealership, but haven't felt the need to call them yet.

Doug
 
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Doug Short said:
Mike,

I kerbed both nearside QS Ronals in quick succession shortly after I got the car and sanded the polished/lacquered rim smooth with a metal file first and then wet and dry myself. I haven't had chance to relacquer them yet, but to be honest I was quite happy with the result as it is. You can only tell after it's picked up grime.

I have the number of the alloy wheel refurb specialist who worked on them originally at the Audi dealership, but haven't felt the need to call them yet.

Doug
uncoated aluminium will oxidize pretty quickly.... :?
 
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Yeah, I agree but I wasn't advocating leaving it bare. I give it a polish now and then. No major issues so far this winter.

If summer turns out this year, then I might get round to arranging a DIY lacquer coat or a refurb.

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i re did mine recently, they werent badly kerbed so i didnt have to go down to bare metal, the few marks and sratched they did have i managed to get out whilst using wet and dry, i started with 800 then 1000 and in between coats 1200, about 6 coats of colour and 3-4 coats of laquer and they came out perfect apart from the one that i did inside came out abit s**t in a couple of places so i am gonna redo that one wheel but the rest came out spot on, all for £20 :p

Not a great quailty pic but you can kinda see the finish
 

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So basically you're all saying to man up and use old school wet and dry??

Still looking for a detail sander, i'ver seen a few black and decker ones, can anyone recommend them, or anything better to get into the awkward parts of the wheels??
 
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