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Posted by Eric on August 03, 2001 at 09:13:06:

In Reply to: Performance BMW to repaint wheels (more) posted by Dino on August 02, 2001 at 23:38:28:

Your original wheels are primed, painted, and then clear-coated. Any gouges, scratches, or imperfections can be easily filled in and sanded out before painting to make the surface perfectly smooth. I would recommend removing the tires.

I saw first hand that it's a very difficult finish for a shop to duplicate. I recently had one of my rear wheels done. I wasn't pleased at all with the repainted wheel. It was not nearly as durable a finish as the factory process, but maybe that was just the shop I used. After enough complaining I finally got a brand new new factory wheel.

IMO repainting is a cheap fix for what's clearly a factory defect, especially on a $40K car. BMW should replace any wheels with the bad finish with new factory wheels. That's what we paid for initially and that's what we would have now if the finish wasn't defective in the first place. I've owned several new cars, all with clear coated alloy wheels and none of them have exibited these kind of problems.

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