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    O.k. This isn't for my Mini, it's for the new Beetle turbo that we just got. Seems the previous owner put some curb rash and spilled brake fluid on the wheels finish.
    Surfing around the Net I came up with two places locally.
    1) Cascade Wheel Repair - http://www.cascadewheel.com/index.htm

    2) Mobile Wheel Repair Specialists - http://www.mobilewheelrepair.com/index.html Looks like this one offers mobile service with one in Kirkland and one in Puyallup.

    Has anyone had any alloy wheel repair done or heard of either of these two companies,, or even heard of someone having work done by either.

    Side note: It would appear that DOT Brake fluid strips the finish off of clear coat wheels. Another thing to be careful with around your Mini's wheels.
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  • #2
    I have had good luck using http://www.factorydirecttire.com/ in Edmonds. They repair a couple of MINI wheels for me and I was very pleased with their work.

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    • #3
      Seattle Wheel Service (http://www.seattlewheel.com/) was recommended to me by Group 2 Motorsports. I don't have personal experience with them, but I bet they do a great job if Group 2 uses them.

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      • #4
        Dependable Wheel Repair in Renton. Dan Bergland and I have used them. Their business cards are on our "free stuff" table at all the meetings. Don't tell me you've never picked one up!

        www.dependablewheel.com
        The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.

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        • #5
          Thanks for all the great leads, sounds a lot cheaper than a new set of wheels!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cheleker View Post
            Dependable Wheel Repair in Renton. Dan Bergland and I have used them. Their business cards are on our "free stuff" table at all the meetings. Don't tell me you've never picked one up!

            www.dependablewheel.com
            I too used depandable with great success on my (man do I have to admit this... I'm afraid of the aftermath...) MINI. They repaired one of my summer wheels and it balanced quite well.

            Am I shunned from SAMOA now? I'm trying to get a mini... honest!

            Todd

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            • #7
              too many people in the club have both to shun folks!! besides, the club isn't about "us" vs "them", it's about loving the coolest little car ever (regardless of the newer vehicles we drive- we got three fords. i'd have to get chucked outta the club for that!!)
              Bother free is the way to be- Winnie the Pooh

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              • #8
                Is this the Dave Baughman I'm thinking of? I think you just said some nice things about the "Bini"! Your allright dude.


                Tim
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattlemini/collections/

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                • #9
                  There's only one Dave B, and he was saying nice things about Fords.

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                  • #10
                    Uh, I think that was an apology about the Fords.

                    Dan
                    Dan

                    "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- George Harrison

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                    • #11
                      Wow, that was too weird. I read Dave's reply to Todd without reading Todd's recommendation and fear of being shunned. In a moment of obtuseness I thought Dave was saying something about me being shunned? Ok, now I know I already have several strikes against me being from the other side of the water, then owning a VW,,, he had me really paranoid for several hours.

                      Just goes to prove always read the whole thing, especially instructions. Such as assembly is the reverse of disassembly... Or if the electrical component has a Lucas label, you may as well just replace it right now even if you think it isn't the problem. Somehow it turns out to be the problem several days later..!!

                      Then again Dave lives on this side of the water. Maybe he was talking about me, after all. He would know too! Please don't shun us any more...
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                      • #12
                        I will be taking my wheels to cascade wheel this week. Innochadi was kind enough to loan me some wheels for the time being so my wheels can be reconditioned. Hope everything will go smoothly and the wheels will turn out awesome.

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                        • #13
                          before and after

                          before the wheel was refinished...its hard to tell, but the silver center was spider cracking and poorly coated, and the lip of this wheel had curb rash, and the lips were pitted badly.



                          after the wheel was refinished, it was done a newer color, ghost chrome, similar to polished aluminum. And i fitted all new black socket head allen heads and new nylox nuts, and took the factory rover 60degree lugs and polished the caps to a mirror shine with a dremel tool and polishing bits. Also removed the IMAGE wheel center stickers and machine polished the aluminum center caps with mothers polish as well. Now everything is mirror shiny! And new center cap stickers are on the way to be the COOPER logo in chrome and background in black. similar to the original IMAGE centers.





                          work was done at cascade wheel in lynnwood. Hats off to Mike the owner for being such a great guy and working with these "pain in the ass" wheels. Apparently they were a bugger compared to most wheels. They are 2 piece wheels and the old powder coat was super thick and crappy to get off with steel shot. The wheels lips were CNC machined with a diamond tip and hand polished.


                          what do you guys think of the work? i'm happy with it for sure.

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                          • #14
                            I think that they look great. And as long as the two of us are happy, who cares what the rest think!

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                            • #15
                              I like the look too, Tim. I'd like to see a little longer shot of the wheel well, though, to see how they look on the car. "Ghost chrome" on aluminum wheels is kind of intriguing.

                              Dan
                              Dan

                              "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- George Harrison

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