What happens in the Alloy Wheel repair process?
Alloy Wheel Refurbishment is a way of saving money by having your wheels repaired instead of replaced. This article describes the process used by this professional wheel repair company.
Alloy wheels are expensive. You don’t want to replace them unless they are very badly damaged. If you want to get them repaired you don’t want to let just anyone have a go at repairing them. So make sure you use a specialist Alloy Wheel Refurbishment company. Avoid the cowboys – more on this here.
Repairing or refurbishing wheels involves removing them from the car (or motor bike, van or golf cart!). The wheels also need to be separated from the tyres so a proper repair can take place without missing any parts of the wheel that can’t be reached. Some companies claim to complete a full refurbishment when they are only spraying the front of the wheel and not removing corrosion first – avoid these companies! You will end up paying twice and nobody wants that!
The wheel is first stripped of the lacquer coating using a strong acid. Then, if the damage is bad, or if there is any corrosion of the alloy, the wheel is sandblasted. Any dents or deep scratches can be filled with a suitable filler. Even the most damaged of wheels can be fixed by the experienced welder we use. The wheel is then heated and powdercoated before a clear (or sometimes coloured) lacquer coat is applied. Finally the tyres are replaced and the wheels rebalanced before being fitted back on the vehicle.
There are some exceptions to this process. If the damage is slight and easily accessible it’s possible to carry out a quick cosmetic repair but be skeptical of any repair service that quotes you a ridiculously low price for a thorough job. All they’ll do is flash over the damage and in a few months time your wheels will look as shabby as ever and you’ll be back where you started!
So, it’s not a simple process but, using modern equipment, it can be carried out quickly and inexpensively (compared to the cost of a new set of wheels). We will need you to bring the wheels to our workshop and we can usually complete the repairs in a day.
So now you know all about the alloy wheel repair process why not get in touch and book your alloy wheel repair in today!