“As I posted previously in the thread here, I had booked my car in to The Wheel Specialist in Fareham, Hants for a refurb of my alloys.
As Joegals said in his thread (albeit a different franchise) they were professional from start to finish and I’m absolutely delighted with the result. Whilst I have no ‘before’ photos, each wheel had some issue or other, whether it was kerbing on a couple (my fault), a good few stone chips on a couple (driven off the road a couple of years back by a lorry ) or just general age showing a little bubbling of the finish, I’d decided it was time for a treat for my wheels.
I’d decided to go for the same finish as Joeglas in his thread – “Black Chrome” where they finish the wheel in black before applying a chrome finish over the top from the front of the wheel only and then a clear lacquer layer.
All I can say is “wow”! The finish is far more of a ‘metallic’ finish than OEM, with much more depth and the way it goes back to a dark inside of the rim gives a really superb look.
I also asked them to apply a layer of their wheel wax (worth it) and also went for chrome valve covers. All in price was £400, which I think is amazing value given that I’ve previously paid over £100 each wheel for a simple refurb that didn’t involve taking the tyre off.
Car went in by 0830, when I arrived I had a good long chat about different finishes and found out that the Black Chrome has different grades, depending on how much chrome finish is applied. I went for the maximum as on first glance it looks pretty close to the OEM finish on first glance, but you could go for the slightest touch of chrome which would give a mostly black wheel with a metallic finish.
All done by 1700 with tyres off (they mark them up to put them back as they were, although I got them to swap front to back as I normally do about every 8-10k miles, so saved me the bother), stripped, repaired, resprayed, baked (several times), wax applied, tyres remounted and balanced and then refitted.
I’ve taken a few photos to try to show the way it goes from a chrome front to a black inside – not sure how well I’ve managed this as I’m not an expert photographer, but basically I’m loving the way the wheels have more depth to them.
I asked about a standard discount for A5OC members – they said they would certainly give 10% to anyone on here; this only applies for the Fareham branch.
Anyway, here are some photos of the end result: