View Full Version : BBS Basketweaves - A second life

06-20-2009, 04:58 PM
I just got my 318is back from the body shop after a full body spray.

The car looks good, but the old basketweaves looked tiered and old.

While I'm waiting for my new rims to arrive I thought I'd give the old basket weaves a second life.

I am not a professional painter by any means, the results are 9/10 for me. Either way a HUGE improvement from the pitted and stained state they were in.

Here are the steps I took to give them a second life.

PLEASE NOTE: I am an amateur so what I did may not be correct, but its the best I could do.


eta Epsilon
06-20-2009, 05:00 PM
where is the "after" result???

06-20-2009, 05:03 PM
Step 1:
- Take them off the car, get an area to prep and paint (I laid down a tarp from Crappy tire $4.99) and buy every thing you need before.

- 220 grit sand paper
- Primer
- Wheel paint (silver enamel)
- Clear coat
- Masking tape
- Degreaser
- Qtips
- Tarp

06-20-2009, 05:06 PM
Step 2:
- Clean the F out of them, then use degreaser before sanding. Use the q-tips to get into the nooks and crannies

06-20-2009, 05:09 PM
Step 3:
- Sanding. This takes time and patience, lots of patience. Sand down all the surfaces lightly and remove brake dust build up that you can't clean off.

06-20-2009, 05:15 PM
Step 4:
- After sanding, mask off the tire, vacuum everything and wipe down all surfaces with degreaser. This is really important to remove fine dust and any oils left by your hands.

Step 5:
- Spray on Primer. Now that all that prep is done (it takes forever) its time to move forward. Again, be patient. Use light coats and shake the can for 2 minutes before spraying!

- Wait 10 minutes in between coats. 2 light coats should do it.

06-20-2009, 05:18 PM
nice job so far! i've done this before on other syle rims... its a PITA but worth it

06-20-2009, 05:18 PM
Step 6:
- Colour coats. Same as the primer. Shake can for 2 minutes, then apply 2 even light coats, waiting 10 minutes in between coats.

06-20-2009, 05:22 PM
Step 7:
- Clear coats. Same as the colour coats. Shake can for 2 minutes, then apply 2 even light coats, waiting 10 minutes in between coats. Its really easy to over do it with the coats. Light coats are best.

06-20-2009, 05:30 PM
Step 8:
- Leave it in the sun to dry. After a few hours remove masking tape carefully (ESPECIALLY WHEN REMOVING THE TAPE ON THE VALE STEM) Its really easy to nick your fresh paint here)


06-20-2009, 08:22 PM
question: how long did it take to do one rim? Do you see any sanding marks underneath the finish or did you use a primer to fill the fine cracks?

Thanks for sharing and did a great job explaining everything. :-)

craz azn
06-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Why wouldn't you just pop the center caps out instead of taping them? Would be a way cleaner job, without having to worry about paint overspray or flaking on the inside later.

E30 Kid
06-20-2009, 09:30 PM
and you can clean break dust build up, by using real ACID!!! i use it at my work on rims

06-20-2009, 10:31 PM
thats sick. furyxrider did his vw weaves like this but used princess auto speical sand blaster to clean then some cheap paint. looks sick tho. make sure you spray light coats each time or you will get runs!!! nice write up!

06-20-2009, 10:53 PM
Anyone tried soda blasting to remove old paint and brake dust? I've heard that sandblasting can cause damage, but soda really rips off the paint, without causing any metal damage (it won't clean rust off).

I have a set of BBS RMs that I want to redo, but I'd prefer to have the benefit of someone else's experience before I try anything radical.

06-20-2009, 10:59 PM
hmmm never thought of trying soda blasting just stick some coke in your paint gun and go?? sounds easy enough.


soda blasting is suppost to be alot friendlyer to what your working with. ive had no first hand experince.

regular sand blasting would be fine. you rims won't warp like body panels, just don't have ur pressure turned up crazy high as that will cause pitting

06-20-2009, 11:18 PM
Sand blasting will not hurt the metal. it will make the aluminum a little pores but won't do anything to it. There isn't enough pressure for it to do anything but strip rust and paint.
But if there is corrosion then it will remove that too - such as caked aluminum. that will flake off and depending on how bad could leave crators. That means you'll need to repair it will epoxy first, after the blasting, prep finish it and then paint.

06-21-2009, 05:41 PM
It took me about 2.5 hours to clean and sand each rim. If you use a light touch and fine grit sand paper the primer will hide any sanding marks.

Mine weren't in too bad shape, there was no need to sand bast them. As far as using acid..... Never tried it.

06-22-2009, 02:12 PM
By the way, you'll have to get everything re-balanced since you will have to remove the wheel weights.

Anyone know where I can get them balance on the inside for cheap?

06-22-2009, 11:55 PM
turned out great! nice job

06-23-2009, 01:41 AM
if you took a piece of chalk and marked where the weights were you don't need you balance them. you might beable to find where they were on the bead might be marked up where they were. but get them balanced with stickys, should be like 5 bucks a rim

06-23-2009, 10:10 AM
$5 a rim? Where?

06-23-2009, 11:52 AM
i know at school i charge 2 bucks for regurlar weights, so try going to a high school auto shop but then its exam time, good luck

06-23-2009, 11:53 AM
Would they do the balancing too?

06-23-2009, 03:30 PM
ya balance the wheel for 2 bucks a wheel. prob like 5 for stickys

06-23-2009, 03:35 PM
Which School?

06-23-2009, 03:59 PM
saltfleet district highschool, right beside hamilton.

06-23-2009, 05:56 PM
Nice job! *th-up*

Having just picked up an alpine white 1991 318iS myself I'd love to see some pictures of your whole car. :)

10-01-2009, 04:41 PM
Pics of the wheels on the car.