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Alloy Wheel Refurbishment In South East Essex

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The wheels on my 2005 XT4 are suffering with the affliction which seems to affect so many RAVs (bubbling finish) and so I plan to have then refurbished.

Has any one had any experiences (good or bad) of either Alloy Art in Southend-on-Sea or JP Polishing on Canvey Island. I've Googled both of them and as usual have found both good and bad reviews for both.

The views of a fellow RAVer would be appreciated.

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The wheels on my 2005 XT4 are suffering with the affliction which seems to affect so many RAVs (bubbling finish) and so I plan to have then refurbished.

Has any one had any experiences (good or bad) of either Alloy Art in Southend-on-Sea or JP Polishing on Canvey Island. I've Googled both of them and as usual have found both good and bad reviews for both.

The views of a fellow RAVer would be appreciated.

Hi Catweazle , dont know how far u want to go with refurb, but this company will supply remover thwt will take it back to the shiney stuff! (alloys)Heres the address: .http://shop.cirrus-systems.co.uk/ Let's know how u get on! cheers the noo!

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hi catweasle, dont know about the two companies you mentioned but i can highly recommend THE WHEEL SPECIALIST check out their website,they have depot in Fareham which might be near you.Fully refurbished back & front my wheels came back better than new. About £60 a wheel+vat but get 25% discount for all 4. Will try to attach photo's if i can work this **** machine.PS get your car in early for same day service.

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Also check if "Wicked Wheels" has a franchisee near you. Mobile workshop comes to you, and made a great job of wife's Merc alloys a few years back.

Big Kev :thumbsup:

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Thanks everyone for your advice however, I don't want to use a mobile service as I'd much rather have the wheels dipped and baked and also want new tyres put on at the same time.

Have carried out a bit more research and have found one of the outfits I mentioned has a flashy website and modern looking unit on an industrial estate but employs a load of kids whereas the other has a ramshackle workshop on another industrial estate but works on his own and has been in the business for years. Think I'll plump for the latter (his quote was also £100 cheaper, presumably as he doesn't have to pay all the overheads the other firm does).

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Thanks everyone for your advice however, I don't want to use a mobile service as I'd much rather have the wheels dipped and baked and also want new tyres put on at the same time.

Have carried out a bit more research and have found one of the outfits I mentioned has a flashy website and modern looking unit on an industrial estate but employs a load of kids whereas the other has a ramshackle workshop on another industrial estate but works on his own and has been in the business for years. Think I'll plump for the latter (his quote was also £100 cheaper, presumably as he doesn't have to pay all the overheads the other firm does).

No use to you location wise, but I've had 2 sets of alloys done at a back street looking place in Macclesfield up in the North West near me, cracking job, if you take him the wheels stripped (no tyres or valves etc) he charges £30 a wheel (+ vat if you want a receipt) for shot blasting and powder coating if its a colour he has in stock, its extra if its a colour he does'nt stock. The beauty of powder coating, is its an electrostatic attraction, so its uniformly the same thicness within a few microns. Be aware through, any kerbing scrapes or deep corrosion under a blister will still show up as the coating doesn't fill blemishes, if you've any nicks or scrapes on the rims, I'd be tempted to gently file the high spots off or blemd them in with some emery to minimise them first.

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