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  1. #11
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    Fantastic job, well done. Just goes to show what can be achieved on a budget.
    Allways wear a mask of some sort when spraying, especially with etch primer, contains acid of some description to bite into the sprayed surface.
    I damaged a wheel in a near perfect set, will use your method to save on costs.
    But will take wheel to the motor factors, who have a spectrometer and supply paint to match.
    Had to replace a vinyl coachline on my motorhome, but unobtainable. They matched the colour, and job sorted.
    Cheers Graham

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  3. #12
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    Lacquer is on and the wheels are stored for a couple of weeks to harden.



    Lack of space and too much stuff have led to a rather cramped shed but this fits okay.


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    If you can get them outside in this sunny weather the 2 weeks will be reduced to a few days


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    Paul (Depronman)
    1.4 TDI 2001 287,347 miles and still going strong

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    Quote Originally Posted by depronman View Post
    If you can get them outside in this sunny weather the 2 weeks will be reduced to a few days


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    outside all day today but 'sunny' is relative in Scotland.

    The shed gets pretty warm


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    The wraps come off today. Hopefully fit and get rebalanced and aligned tomorrow.

    This one was by far the worst - looks pretty good. I could do with giving it an abrasive polish to shine the clear coat - there are a couple of runs. The others are better - this one was the first I sprayed.



    I should have used a glaze filler to finish as the alloy repair component filler crumbled slightly when sanding where it was thinnest to give a little unevenness and pitting. This was a big missing chunk so it's a lot better but some of the imperfections only became noticeable when the shiny silver went onto the Matt primer. I should have stopped but, like I said, it's a LOT better than it was.



    I could polish out the slight dusty/orange peel finish with T-cut but I might do that later once I see how they are on.

    Whoop!


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  10. #16
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    Top job mate, looks really good and a penny saved is a penny earned, hats off to your skill and patience!!

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  12. #17
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    Four hours later and I have four wheels on. Things I have learned:
    1) it still gets dark when you don't want it to.
    2) axle stands are all very well but lifting the car off all four wheels with the standard jack is somewhat perilous.
    3) the little screw which holds the brake disk to the hub to align the screw holes is very important

    Number 3 is the reason it took four hours and it got dark. Without that screw it kept misaligning and cross threading the bolts. Lucky I had spares.

    Anyone know the size/name of the stupid missing screw?

    Anyway, hopefully get some finished pics tomorrow before I go for balancing and alignment check.


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    And done! 45 for alignment and balancing (because I cut all the rusty lumps of weight off).

    New shoes?



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    Looks exactly like mine, but the wheels look better.
    Great job!

    Boris

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67boris View Post
    Looks exactly like mine, but the wheels look better.
    Great job!

    Boris
    I have since added black slick because I'm a big wean and I wanted the wheels shiny!


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