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You're close, here's my method;

  1. Remove the alloys from the car
  2. Clean them inside & out with an alloy cleaner (this exposes all the damage, and removes any possible contaminant that could compromise the finish (e.g. brake dust)
  3. Dry off thoroughly, inside & out
  4. Mask off the entire sidewall & valve stem/cap
  5. Rub down the 'outside face' of the wheel (including spokes), and use the sander on smoothing out whatever damage on the wheel is present, and get the correct general shape - aluminium is a 'soft metal' so is easily worked
  6. Remove the dust
  7. Apply 3 coats of primer (matt black in this case) allowing about 10mins between coats (if you are doing all 4wheels, just apply one coat to each, then back to the first one again)
  8. Re-examine for any imperfections & rework as necessary
  9. Lightly key the primed surface with something like 1000 grit sandpaper & remove any dust
  10. Apply 3 coats of 'colour' basecoat and again allow to dry atmospherically (about 30mins)
  11. Apply 'tack coat' of lacquer (and leave for 30 mins)
  12. Apply 3 coats of lacquer, but dry each wheel with a heatgun per coat (give one coat to a wheel, then heat, put it aside, and do another wheel)
  13. Give them at least an hour from the last coat before removing all the masking tape.
One final point is the Renault badge on the centre caps - these can be removed by carefully unclipping the plastic lugs which protrude into the inside - this saves any awkward masking off.

I can do a set in around 4 hours, allow a bit longer than this.

Any further questions/clarification, please just ask away.


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