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Hi all, need a photoshop guru pretty please

I am considering going to a few places at the weekend to get refurb quotes on my 530d alloys. Kerbed quite a bit unfortunately and there seems to be tar, or very tough grime to shift (?), as well as brake dust yellow appearance at the front.

Am i right in thinking when they refurb the alloy, they take the tyre off and refurb the entire wheel (inside and outside). I mean if you look right through the finished wheel it will be gleaming towards the brake disc too?? Sorry if that;s a bit daft :embarrassed

Here's the pic I am looking for all sorts of silvers, anthracites and anything that suits really. Any comments or advice welcome :) Red :)

PS Feel free to sharpen up the image!! :)
PPS IanS posted a good link that sparked some ideas for colours! http://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/File/wheel-finishes.php
 

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i cant do anythin with that pic tbh, i tried to get it a bit more clear but i dont know enough with photoshop to do that, nothing i do to that pic would give you the desired effect either..
the wheels should have the full treatment, whole thing cleaned and polished, depends on what finish you want to go for tho, if you want the car to look stock then just get them refurbed if you want something fancy then ill need a better pic so i can mess with the wheels to give you an idea, although there are a few good ps guys on here who might be able to do it with that pic?
 

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Hi Ron, thanks for trying mate.

What do you mean "the whole thing cleaned and polished"? Are you saying that in order for the refurb man to do his job i need to get it proper valeted and free of muck? I thought they sandblast it all and it take down to the bare metal or am I just being stupid here :confused Red
 

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hey red :)
most decent refurb places will take the wheel back to bare alloy and weld/braze metal into the kerbed areas...before turning it square again.
they will have a choice of paint too...std silver to chromed black...they should have samples for you to look at.
cost should be in the region of 50 quid per corner...dearer if they crack test.
the wheels will come back better than new (due to extra lacquer coats)
 

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I've seen some fantastic refurb jobs and like Ron states they are better than new:thumbsup

One thing I will mention Red is the darker the wheel colour the smaller it will appear:frown
 

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Hey guys, thanks very much for the darker smaller warning Rym and to 328Mark for all that info, can't have enough info lol. Put's my mind at ease so i know they won't be squabbling out of something and 50 is my top budget per wheel, cheers guys.

Ron - I have given you some more pics, nice and clean after a pro valet. I don't particularly care which pic you choose, whatever is easy for you mate. And thanks for doing this bud, owe ya a beer! Red :thumbsup
 

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I think your better of keeping them stock looking to retain the value of the car, although it is a nice car its not really the kind of car you mess about with, the next buyer will be expecting a well maintained car wich is as close to standard as possible. If you came to me as a company I would deffinatly advise you to keep them stock but have a full refurb.
 

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I agree experimenting is good but some cars do look better stock.
stock

refurbed

black

there is loads of variations of black but hopefully from this one pic you will realise its a bad idea
 

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you have to get the whole balance right, its not just a case of changing the colour of the wheels because picking the wrong colour could make the whole car look crap.
you need to stand back and try and imagine what would look the best as an all round package, me personally I would have them silver but maybe a darker shade to match the colour of the body not exact match but darker than stock, the body is a dark silver wich does look amazing but if the wheels are to bright they will stand out and take the attention away from the body lines, the idea here is to get people who look at it to look over the whole thing and appreciate the whole car and not just one aspect of it, ie the wheels.
 

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I agree experimenting is good but some cars do look better stock.
stock

refurbed

black

there is loads of variations of black but hopefully from this one pic you will realise its a bad idea
Red, if you wanted the above look mate all you'd have to is not wash your wheels. Job done and wouldn't cost a penny:cool

Stock refurb:thumbsup
 
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