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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old November 5th, 2018, 19:48   #1
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I’ve got some mk4 aluminum vw wheels. Theyr’e getting mighty scratched up. is it possible to refinish them somehow?


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Old November 6th, 2018, 00:12   #2
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There is a guy here that refinishes wheels for $70.00 each. If your wheels are not too bad there are Meguiar's wheel refinishing kits available at most auto parts stores, and even some Wally World stores.
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Old November 6th, 2018, 05:22   #3
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I’ve got some mk4 aluminum vw wheels. Theyr’e getting mighty scratched up. is it possible to refinish them somehow?
Powder coating would be my recommendation. I've had lots of wheels (and other stuff) powder coated and it works great. The cost is around $75-100 each however. Here is a Golf I did up and had the wheels powder coated.
Depending on what wheels you have, it may be cheaper to find a good used set. There are plenty of MK4 wheels available used.
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Old November 6th, 2018, 05:34   #4
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Both Wurth and 1Z (Einszett) formerly sold German wheel repair kits (Amazon $60). You can build your own, but the "silber" from Wurth and 1Z were created to match the OE silver of VW wheels. There are several DIY threads available, a few are on the vortex, but the pictures are often gone. The process is 99% the same, unless you have deep gouges that require filler. Here's a few links:


https://www.autogeek.net/wurth-wheel-kit.html


https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...-WHEEL-REPAIR-



https://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1040484


https://www.autopia-carcare.com/realwhda.html



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Old November 6th, 2018, 14:12   #5
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Thanks all!
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Old November 9th, 2018, 19:22   #6
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If you have your wheels refurbished/powder coated, you have to be careful that they don't apply too much paint in the bolt recess. Mine are refinished and some sockets now won't fit and the plastic bolt covers have the same issue.
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Old November 10th, 2018, 04:58   #7
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I had some wheel issues, and contacted Tire Rack. They recommended a company called Wheel Repair in Oaks (near Allentown) Pa. It is the ONLY company they recommend. I made an appointment, and they resolved my problems superbly. After this Winter, I will have my Long Beach wheels completely restored to like new (I saw their work). I'd give them a call, and see what they have to say.
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I had my aluminum rims sand blasted and powder coated. $40 each. Was a good move.
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I had my aluminum rims sand blasted and powder coated. $40 each. Was a good move.
Where did you get it done at that price?
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Where did you get it done at that price?
This was probably about 7 years ago. The rims came out of PA. I bought them on eBay and when I got them they had quite a few scratches on them. So I spray bombed the worst two for the summer and then in winter I had them coated an off white color. It looked pretty sharp on our dark blue 2002 Jetta.

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Old November 12th, 2018, 13:46   #11
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I got a couple "repaired" alloy wheels for my Jeep from Wheel Collision Center (in or near Allentown PA), handed in mine as cores. Was a long time ago, but I think they're still around.
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