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Old 02-04-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Refinishing OEM Turbo Twist Porsche Wheels

A few weeks back I stumbled into a great deal on a set of Genuine NB Porsche Technology Wheels (Hollow Spoke), they had some scratches and curb rash but I decided to buy them anyway. I had thought about buying some paint / clear / reducer to do it out of my HVLP air gun but punted on that idea when materials alone came to $125. After considering sending them out for refurbishment I remembered that I had an unused can or Wurth Wheel Paint that I added to the cart a few years back to get free shipping from whoever it was. I looked through my workshop and sure enough found some leftover Duplicolor wheel paint (Silver and Clear) from one of the kid's cars. Already having most everything needed I figured what the heck, give it a whirl. Pics of materials used:







I then set the youngest son on them with Simple Green and stiff brushes after they soaked in hot water for 30 minutes. Please note this was done without the wifey's knowledge in the basement bathtub reserved for cleaning the dog and said youngest, thus the Axe.




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After they were thoroughly cleaned and any tar / adhesive removed I closely inspected the imperfections to see what required grinding / filling / sanding.







Then I used Spot / Glazing putty to filled the needed areas:



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I then worked the filler down with a 3M 320 grit sponge block moving onto 400 and 600 grit wet / dry paper wrapped around rubber profiles for the center / spoke areas and used a wooden paint stir stick for the outside / edge areas. Patience required here, I filled / sanded 3 separate times to get it perfectly smooth. After that I scuffed up the finish with a Scotch Brite type pad to ensure a good bite for the paint.





After a wipe down with the Paint Prep I applied the Self Etching Primer:



After drying 24 hours I applied the Duplicolor Silver as a base coat prior to the Wurth (much more expensive) paint, Note how "Metallic" the paint is compared to OEM Porsche wheels:

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I then applied two coats of the Wurth paint on top of the Duplicolor, notice how much more uniform and silver it looks compared to the Duplicolor, MUCH more like the OEM paint:




I then utilized the Duplicolor Gloss Clear paint (2 thin, topped off by a third "wet" coat) to give them their final finish. Popped in the OEM centers and am still waiting on the new metal valve stems to be delivered from SunCoast:







I've paid to have wheels professionally finished in the past, but I got to admit I was floored at how these turned out using bomb cans when these were finished, I'd say they are 90 plus percent as nice as what I dropped money on for others to do in the past. Probably $50 to $70 dollars in materials used depending upon what you may already have lying around.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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You fargin icehole, you are gonna put your local wheel refinisher out of business

Looks fargin GREAT!!!
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Nice work!

BTW - the wife must be very understanding of the dual use of the bath tub or she was out of town at the time.
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Nice work!

BTW - the wife must be very understanding of the dual use of the bath tub or she was out of town at the time.
LOL! He can't possibly be married:

1) Using the bathtub to clean wheels

2) Free time to do this kind of project!

Well done! Thanks for posting!!
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Nice work!

BTW - the wife must be very understanding of the dual use of the bath tub or she was out of town at the time.
That was done in the basement tub brother, there are 3 others in the house lol. I'm still waiting for the "Garden" tub to produce tomatoes or something..............
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That was done in the basement tub brother, there are 3 others in the house lol. I'm still waiting for the "Garden" tub to produce tomatoes or something..............
depending on where you live, it could be a cash crop
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Looks fantastic!
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:10 PM   #12
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Very nice!

Thanks for a detailed write-up and pics!

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Sweet recovery!

Now all left to do is using the remaining degreaser liquid to clean up the tub real good loll Mind you oil based residues in the bath combat germs..... you could well use that reasoning if you get in trouble with the wife :/ hmmm

Nice work, all worth the effort imo (wheels important man)
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Very nice looking pictures! Especially with spray-paint..? Well done!
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Nice job, wheel refinishing with the son too!
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I suggest that self-etching primer should be use for bare metal or near bear metal, otherwise use regular primer.
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