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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Sat, Jun-18-2016, 05:25:28 PM   #1
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Default Caliper Paint heavy overspray on OEM 18s

Hey everyone

I'm Sina from the DMV. New member but been creeping on this amazing forum for weeks.

I bought an 2002 convertible gray m3, and the wheels have a heavy amount of shitty overspray on them. Someone tried to paint calipers or something with the wheels on, it seems they were spinning the wheel as they sprayed the caliper or something. Yet the calipers look very professionally done so its mysterious.

I have tried using paint stripper from Home Depot, works well but its def stripping the OEM gunmetal color. It seems its stripping the clear coat on the wheel as well. Any ideas to save these wheels? Should I take to a professional? Are they able to be saved?

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Managed to put in a photobucket link to some photos. please cycle thru and check them out. theres about 7 pics

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Old Sat, Jun-18-2016, 06:45:37 PM   #3
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That isn't over spray. That is typical finish decay of Chrome Shadow finished wheels. They do not wear nicely with age or abuse. The way Chrome Shadow is made is by spraying a black base coat and then a light silver top coat followed by clear (if applicable). What you are seeing is the silver top coat wearing through to the base black coat. These are not a one step color "gun metal" they are a multi-stage paint process to get the desired result. Unfortunately it doesn't last.

You need to have the wheels refinished.
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That isn't over spray. That is typical finish decay of Chrome Shadow finished wheels. They do not wear nicely with age or abuse. The way Chrome Shadow is made is by spraying a black base coat and then a light silver top coat followed by clear (if applicable). What you are seeing is the silver top coat wearing through to the base black coat. These are not a one step color "gun metal" they are a multi-stage paint process to get the desired result. Unfortunately it doesn't last.

You need to have the wheels refinished.
Thanks for the reply Braymond141. This is really strange because there is this one very distinct area on the rim of the wheel which looks like the splatter of a spray gun, looking consistent with the rest of the "overspray" I had assumed. I took some paint stripper to it and here is a pic.

Can you take another look at this pic after I stripped it? Thanks.

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...D51475BE8E.jpg
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Thanks for the reply Braymond141. This is really strange because there is this one very distinct area on the rim of the wheel which looks like the splatter of a spray gun, looking consistent with the rest of the "overspray" I had assumed. I took some paint stripper to it and here is a pic.

Can you take another look at this pic after I stripped it? Thanks.

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...D51475BE8E.jpg
You wore through the OE finish completely.

The wheels need to be completely redone. There is no fix for any of what you have shown. Don't even bother with touchup guys either. They can't do Chrome Shadow and most don't even know the difference between Hyper Silver and Chrome Shadow, they think they are the same. Remember that when shopping around wheel refinishing businesses. If they don't know the difference, don't go to them.
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You wore through the OE finish completely.

The wheels need to be completely redone. There is no fix for any of what you have shown. Don't even bother with touchup guys either. They can't do Chrome Shadow and most don't even know the difference between Hyper Silver and Chrome Shadow, they think they are the same. Remember that when shopping around wheel refinishing businesses. If they don't know the difference, don't go to them.

Shoot. Okay so that silver I am seeing is there bare metal isin't it? The metal which preceeds the black base coat you mentioned?

My car has 90,000 gentle miles on it. This is so weird. Never heard of this. I am searching through the forum for more info or other people's experiences.
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Yeah I had the same issue with my my wheels. The shadow chrome is hard to do right. As mentioned above its a black base coat and light silver top coats the give them that affect. Ended up having them refinished by Alloy Wheel Repair in Laytonsville, they did a great job.

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24221 Laytonsville Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882
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Yeah I had the same issue with my my wheels. The shadow chrome is hard to do right. As mentioned above its a black base coat and light silver top coats the give them that affect. Ended up having them refinished by Alloy Wheel Repair in Laytonsville, they did a great job.

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24221 Laytonsville Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882
(240) 207-3116
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Thanks for the recommendation robgill. Do you have a pic I can check out of the before after???
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Thanks for the recommendation robgill. Do you have a pic I can check out of the before after???


I'm not sure I have a before, but there are a couple after pics in my journal.


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