Pics of Chimaeras with after-market alloys

Pics of Chimaeras with after-market alloys

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s p a c e m a n

9,673 posts

112 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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To be honest I also prefer the white with the green, but the wheels are in desperate need of a refurb and I'm not painting them until I paint the car (liquid yellow, probably in 2030 by this rate).

On that note, plastidip is the nuts as a quick and easy project for a set of wheels, the main thing to remember is that you want to spray it on thick or it will be pig to get off again. I've done a few sets and never bother to take them off, get a few bin bags and stuff them through the spokes to cover the disk and caliper. Clean the wheels like normal and use some silicone cleaning stuff (tyre shine or dashboard cleaner) and absolutely cover the tyres, don't get any on the wheels.

Warm the can in a bucket of hot water and then do a quick light coat and then when that's dry do a thick one, it's nothing like spraying paint you want to get it on as thick as possible without it running. Two thick coats should be all you need. Spray it thick on the tyres as well and then when it's dry you just peel it all off in one go because of the silicone covering.

Plastidip quote one can per wheel but I normally manage to do four wheels with three cans, I just buy from the official eBay shop at £12 a can.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/plastidipuk

As long as the wheels are clean and free of greasy type stuff it stays on for years. If you hold a jetwash Lance an inch from it for a minute it will start to peel off, if you sponge them down and spray them with a jetwash it's fine. If you don't do thick coats when spraying it stays on the same but you don't get as smooth of a finish and it comes off in bits when you want to remove it rather than a nice whole piece. It's also very forgiving for just spraying over to cover kerb marks and stone chips.

This is a good video for technique and to show how easy it is. They're trying to sell a stupid kit, it is just bin bags and tyre shine.

https://youtu.be/HGNcD5pqkvI

phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Will have a look.

By comparison, my set of P38 wheels were something like £340 powder coated, (17" I believe). Loose wheels supplied to them.



Edited by phazed on Tuesday 2nd March 19:23

sixor8

3,852 posts

232 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Seems a bit pricey for powdercoating? Wet sprayed in paint maybe, but I had my Chimaera ones done here in powdercoat for £120 a couple of years ago, prices haven't changed:

https://wheelfurb.com/price-list/

For an extra £20, they'll remove the tyres and refit and balance them afterwards.

phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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sixor8 said:
I had my Chimaera alloys done here in 2019 for £120. Prices still the same:

https://wheelfurb.com/price-list/
Cheap, I agree but it’s not deepest Surrey!

s p a c e m a n

9,673 posts

112 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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It's good stuff and I find loads of uses for it where paint is too much of a faff. Recently did all of the plastic arches and bumpers on our discovery because they were getting sun bleached, 4 cans of black and they look a million times better. We did no prep, just washed it and a bit of masking up and it's been in there for 6 months now, goes through arc car washes all of the time because it's the missus's car.

QBee

18,084 posts

108 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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You can do a whole car in the stuff, but be very sure you are in a dust free environment similar to a spray shop when you do, if you are doing it yourself, and use a proper spray system.
My car was done in Full Dip (lacquerable version of Plastidip), but it was done by Alan at Matt-pack.co.uk in his sprayshop.



phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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phazed said:
sixor8 said:
I had my Chimaera alloys done here in 2019 for £120. Prices still the same:

https://wheelfurb.com/price-list/
Cheap, I agree but it’s not deepest Surrey!
just called up my local company, (Premier Wheels) that did a great job on my Rangie wheels.

£75.00 + VAT per wheel 10"-17". = £360.00

Slightly different but as I said, it is Surrey........Maybe should be called Premier Prices wink

QBee

18,084 posts

108 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Duck me! (as Nokia texters used to say 15 years ago).
My last set of new wheels cost less than that.eek

sixor8

3,852 posts

232 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Fusion wheels in Kent, is that too far? Seem to want £264, but there are loads of options:

https://fusionwheels.tech/alloy-wheel-repair-calcu...

Unless new tyres are needed too, there are many mobile companies who deflate the tyre and then reface and paint the front and back without taking the tyre off, in the back of their van. No journey required that way too. smile

Zener

17,778 posts

185 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Would never bother not getting tyres removed for wheel re-fresh the bead condition is critical unless you like slow punctures frown alloys corrode here where the moisture and rock salt get trapped causing a crusty flaky surface/corrosion that the tyre wont seal on and that mastic/sticky crap/goo is not the answer rolleyes do it once do it right

sixor8

3,852 posts

232 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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I've only had it done with tyres off myself, I was just pointing out options.

Some of them pop the tyre bead back so that the rim edges are done. I expect by not removing the tyre, they don't re-balance though. frown


Edited by sixor8 on Wednesday 3rd March 15:49

indigochim

1,044 posts

94 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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It's amazing how prices vary over the country I only paid ~£140 for mine. They'd originally quoted £200 if I was to leave the car but as I was just dropping off the loose wheels and then didn't need any repairs the place reduced their quote They fitted and balanced a new set of tyres for free too. Worth asking if there's a loose price maybe the place I used tied up a lift for a day with a car being dropped off which I thought was madness. If it was me I'd just have had a bunch of spare wheels to put on cars that where being worked on.

magpies

4,777 posts

146 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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I wonder if these would look good on a Chimp



phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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They look good, similar to Alun’s.....Classichim

Classic Chim

10,894 posts

113 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Yes similar. Mine being 5 spoke so trying to look O/E using 17in rims.



Though I really like these ones with 6 spoke and softened edges so suit the rounded lines of a Chim well.
Recognise these Peter thumbup

andrew_r

56 posts

69 months

Monday 22nd March
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My 18 inch RL7's have just arrived, looking forward to fitting them soon!



Andrew.

phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Monday 22nd March
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One of the best looking wheels, it will be great!

andrew_r

56 posts

69 months

Monday 22nd March
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phazed said:
One of the best looking wheels, it will be great!
Thanks! it's been a long search. I'm a little hesitant with 18s on the front but I'll give them a go and see how I get on.

Andrew.

phazed

19,552 posts

168 months

Monday 22nd March
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I ran 17”s all round for road and 17/18” for track.

Others have run 18”s all round and they look great!

combine04

56 posts

91 months

Friday 2nd April
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Whoop! 4x108 17” RL7 with Michelin pilot sport 4 tyres.