Stove enamel refurb option for Dunlop composites

With the lack of specialist wheel refurbishers with the necessary skills and high standards prepared to carry out a full refurbishment service for Dunlop composites involving splitting the alloy centres from the chrome rims, de-rusting the rims, rechroming them and then the reassembly and balancing, the stove enamel refurb option is one many MGBGTV8 owners will have to consider if their Dunlop composites are badly corroded.

Further research is underway to understand which of the specialists offer a good quality refurbishment service using a stove enamel finish, what the refurbishment works involves and their costs plus fellow members' feedback on the results..

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Keith Baker reports he has "had a rusty Dunlop composite wheel shot blasted and then powder coated by McNealy Brown in Sittingbourne. Any pitted rust may show as no remedial work is carried out. Once powder coated I had to mask over all the silver areas of the alloy centres so I could spray gloss black. They are not quite as shinny as chrome but much more durable. Like all MGBGTV8 owners with original Dunlop composites I would prefer to have then stripped and rechromed but have not found any company willing to split and reassemble the wheels. Also I am not sure of the wheel's strength and balance once reassembled. So basically I think the stove enamel treatment above is the best and most cost effective way of refurbishment. I did speak with another company in Rochester Kent who have done wheels - their process is similar but much more expensive. The cost was £50 to remove the tyre and refit with balance weights".
Bryan Ditchman reports "this option does not involve splitting the rim and alloy centre but blasting the wheel to remove corrosion from the chromed steel rim then polishing and finishing the wheel by baking a coating to form a polished stove enamel finish. It's not an original chrome finish but it looks very good".

A specialist alloy wheel refurbisher, Solent Wheels in Hampshire, offers this service. Fellow member, Bryan Ditchman, who has his MGBGTV8 on the road round the year has had several sets refurbished by Solent Wheels. More
Victor Smith spotted an MGBGTV8 up for auction at the Classic Car show at the NEC in November 2019 has stove enamelled wheels. The finish was not obvious as you walked round the car until you began inspecting it in detail. But it was highly polished and looked very good.

With the lack of specialist wheel refurbishers with the necessary skills and high standards prepared to carry out a full refurbishment service for Dunlop composites involving splitting the alloy centres from the chrome rims, de-rusting the rims, rechroming them and then the reassembly and balancing, the stove enamel refurb option is one many MGBGTV8 owners will have to consider if their Dunlop composites are badly corroded.