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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Anyone else suffering from severe lacquer loss?
It starts from the square edge at the back of the spokes, then proceeds around the sides.

Only done 5k since new, pampered, no nasty acid.
The original BBS wheels on my 88 5 series look better!

Will let you know if its covered under warranty!!!!
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Yeah, exactly the same symptons you describe. Colt Cars weren't interested when I asked them about it, they said they had never heard of the problem before. They certainly know how to build a loyal client base! Perhaps we should threaten them with Watchdog.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I used alloy wheel restorer/ cleaner on mine once, and I feel thats why theve since corroded, did you guys do the same, or is the problem with brake dust getting into the Laquer ( because it starts from the back of spokes ). Has any one sent theres to a wheel restorer company?
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Same problem with mine too. Only done 8000 miles. places will restore them, no problems, but I wonder if they'll be able to replace the OZ logos on the wheel?

I think the only real solution is to replace them with better quality wheels....

Anil.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
BlackVI, the same thing happened to my Super Ts, I got a new set from Japan. It took about 2 months to come but worth the wait. Make sure and get new center caps at the same time as these are not readily available. The dealer was going to give them an extra coat of lacquer but then changed their minds due to the fact that if the wheels went tits up again they may not cover it due to the extra coat ?

Good Luck, you will be covered under warranty
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I've got the same problems with the F1 Cups on my V. They are starting to look really bad on two of the wheels, as the laquer is lifting off the alloy.

Mine have done about 15K since new, and I haven't used any Alloy Wheel cleaning products either http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/Sad.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| middle >

Anyone know of somewhere good down South to get them refurbed?
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks for the feedback, will be talking to Ralliart/CCC this afternoon, don't hold your breath!!!!
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Thought id drop this in here 4U fellas http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

First cast your mind back do you remember-
a, ever using acid or w wheels etc etc ??if not bet your the hand car wash type who pay to have it done at local hand car wash ? well either way your gonna get this problem eventually
Reasons for this are as follows

1, the lacquer does not extend to the rear of the spokes if you look carefully you can see where it stops(if you wash by hand you will feel a change in texture towards the rear of spoke)
Its more to do with the preparation of the raw alloy then the paint though,Not treated properley like Certain brands.if you look at the next Jag you see check its rims chances are theres no lacquer left wonder why MERCS-BMWS dont do it ??funny that huh

2, Local hand car wash chappie wants no fuss and clean wheels super quick so they dont dilute their T.F.R/ALLOY CLEANER as they should do. imagine pouring weak hydrochloric acid on them this has same effect if left on (ive seen neat TFR eat lacquer on bodywork)

3, Pressure and Steam cleaners are knocking out v.high pressures and very high temperatures and we all tend to want clean wheels without the effort so we go a little closer then we do on bodywork.Manufacturers recommend 12-24 inches for up close and personal pressure washing!Next time your in your hand car wash watch how close they go!you should try being hit 2-3 inches by an industrial steamer it would rip you apart[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/embarassed1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >!

so unless you fancy toothbrushes every day then you are stuck with this
the only way round this is to

A Get wheels re lacquered when you pick car up for the first time (highly impractical)-and again every time you have car serviced[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/sad1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

B Wash wheels by hand everytime with warm soapy water and polish spokes individually every time you polish car
Sounds like hard work but hey if you want em mint you gotta do it!(best option)[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

C Change them for a new set every time they start Flaking bet you like sound of that one huh?(even more impractical but in an ideal world)[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/tongue1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Gster,
I washed my 6's ST's by hand every week, as per the coachwork too, but 'coz I do 600 mile per week
it was till not enough. Winter salt aggravates the situation as well. The rear wheels arent too bad,
but the fronts have got a goldy tinge to them (heat of re-entry http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >) along with baked on brake dust and mild pitting.
Having said that they have covered 46k miles now.

-Good excuse to buy some new wheels [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
There's a company called Spit and Polish in Tonbridge (01732 367771) that does refurbs on wheels. I spoke to the owner of a local garage to me, and he suggested that they not only refurb them, but they can do the transfers as well. He said they cost from £40 per wheel (but don't quote me!). Worth calling them, as they can also (allegedly) get them refurbed within 48hrs! ...you have to supply the wheels only (tyres off) for this to happen tho'
There's also a place up in Lancashire that does the same, but unfortunately I can't remember the name. DOH!

Chrz

Geffers
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
pro clean in Prescot are the Best up manchester /merseyside way you should see the job they did on my freinds 328!sport BBS rim when he curbed it!!spot on repair then spot on finishing and amp;gt;another had exact same problem as super ts on his Alpina B10`s wheels (discolouring and flaking) they charged £100 to sandblast/bead blast and respray them they did ask for vat as well but the sight of the owner|PLS|his dog scared them off (his pit bull had ate the door trims on the back doors!!)http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
Keep it on the black stuff!![img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/tongue1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I have the same problem on my '99 Evo 6. I have covered 18,000 miles. Had the car since Jan and it had done 10k.

Took it in for a service last week (March Motor Group - Southampton) and I complained about the quality of the wheels and would they be covered under warranty.

NO.

simple answer.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Mark is your car a grey import, if it is not then you should be able to get a new set of wheels. Do not take no for an answer go back and demand a new set under warranty. CCC know fine well there is a problem with the wheels. After 1 year and only 6k miles mine were knackered. I got a brand new set from Japan, hope this helps.
 
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