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7 ways to avoid damage to your Alloy Wheels

So you’ve had your alloy wheels refurbished by We Fix Alloys – how are you going to keep them looking so good?

7 ways to avoid damage to your (newly repaired) Alloy Wheels

  1. NEVER, EVER, EVER drive up a kerb!
  2. Keep your Alloy Wheels clean. The more often you clean your alloy wheels the easier it is. If you let brake dust (which is corrosive) and grime build up it will soon etch its way into the surface making it much more difficult to remove.
  3. Watch out for debris on the road. Don’t run over anything, even if it looks like it won’t do any damage – it probably will. (We’ve heard of someone who ran over something that looked like a cardboard box that fell off a truck in front of him. It was actually a metal casting – two of his alloy wheels were smashed beyond repair when he ran over it!)
  4. Use proprietary wheel cleaners sparingly. They are great at shifting some of the worst grime but they can contain acids which will damage the lacquer finish if you don’t rinse off properly.
  5. Avoid clipping kerb when parallel parking. If you have a passenger with you ask them to guide you in. It may take an extra few seconds but could save you hundreds!
  6. Keep your tyres properly inflated. Low pressure in your tyres increases the chances of damage to your wheel rims
  7. Avoid making tight turns around corners. The most common source of damage is caused by rolling a wheel over a sharp corner.

 

We hope these 7 tips to avoid damage to your alloy wheels work for you – but remember if you run into problems with your alloy wheels then We Fix Alloys is the place to come for top quality alloy wheel repair and refurbishment across Newcastle and the North East

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Not only alloy wheels – We also fix….

Not just Alloy Wheels…

We Fix Alloys… A great company name for a great company!

We’ve been asked by customers ‘Alloy what?’ though and they’re  right because we don’t just fix alloy wheels – we’ve ‘fixed’ and changed the colour on many different things  so we thought it would be a good idea to collect some pictures all in one place to help you know what else we could do for you.

So here goes…

One of the first jobs we were asked to do was to transform an MR2 engine bay using our custom chrome finish. Now, actual chrome plating  is a very toxic business using strong acids and certainly not to be approached lightly.. however, we can use a chrome powder coat to provide a very bright and durable finish. Take a look at this wheel – so shiny you can see the photographer in it!

Chrome powder coat finish by We Fix Alloys

 

However, its a different business when powder coating engine parts because of the high temperatures involved – just think your engine bay will get much hotter than your alloy wheels ever will. So, using our extensive contacts in the industry we sourced a special lacquer to protect the finish at a higher temperature whilst still preserving the chrome-look finish. Sadly not all companies use this finish and their work simply degrades or peels over time – wasting your time and money.

As always, we tried the product out on our own cars so that we knew we were providing a stable product that would withstand the conditions. Here are a couple of photos showing the finish on our GT4 parts – the intercooler surround and the turbo heatshield.

 

GT4 Intercooler CoverGT4 Heatshield

 

Once we were confident that the finish was stable we started work on the MR2 parts. As usual, everything underwent an extensive preparation – sanding down and filling and sanding again to ensure as smooth a surface as possible before the final coatings were applied. All the engine parts were carefully sealed to ensure no dust or particles could get in as this could cause serious problems once re-assembled.

MR2 Engine parts prior to chrome finish

Again, we have heard many stories from customers who had work done somewhere else before coming to us and the preparation hadn’t been as careful – causing catastrophic engine failure. Yet another reason to make sure you research the company you use carefully. See our other blogs for helpful hints on how to choose alloy wheel repairers – buyer beware!

Anyway – back to the MR2. Here you can see the rain tray and strut brace after they have had the chrome powdercoat and protective lacquer applied
Strut brace after chrome finish by We Fix AlloysRain tray after chrome by We Fix Alloys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we only did the powder coating the customer then took all the shiny bits home and had the hard work of reassembling his car!

Here’s a picture of the finished engine bay – I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth all the hard work 🙂

Chrome powder coating by We Fix Alloys

 

We have been asked to powder coat many items and not always car related! We have changed the colour on CCTV equipment so that it better blends with the building it is installed on, completely brightened up a mobility scooter and even renovated a fire surround.. Yes, you read that right… a fire surround – look…

Fire surround - custom powder coat by We Fix Alloys

So as you have seen – We Fix Alloys and anything else you want to bring to us – what are you waiting for – bring those ideas to us today and be another happy customer.

See you soon!

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Caring for your alloy wheels all year round

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Caring for your alloy wheels all year round

If you have fitted alloy wheels to your car then you know the importance of keeping these clean and in good condition.

We Fix Alloys alloy wheel repair Newcastle custom finishes

Some drivers like to fit winter wheels on their vehicles, which are a bolt-on solution for those harsher winter conditions and this can be a great and cheap investment. However, if you don’t want to do this, then you need to protect your alloy wheels from the extra grit and salt as well as other corrosive materials found on roads in the colder months of the year.

Brake dust is another of the major problems you might have with your alloy wheel and this can prove to be rather hard to clean off or remove. This dust is released every time you apply your brakes.  It is caused by the friction on the discs and pads and is a mixture of metal filings, carbon fibres and adhesive residues.

Although you can purchase many products to clean away this dust and you should do this as frequently as possible, we would recommend soap and water.  Some of the proprietary cleaners contain acid and this can damage your alloy wheel further. If you regularly wax your alloy wheels just as you would paintwork, then they will remain in good condition and reduce the risk of any corrosion from occurring.

Alloy wheels add a certain look to any vehicle, however, if they are not kept in good condition, then the look is spoilt, and your alloy wheels will start to show signs of rust. Not only do the wheels look unsightly but eventually this can cause structural damage to the wheel itself. Keeping your wheels in perfect condition is important to road safety. You have to keep an eye on them with routine checks not only to clean away any dust and debris to keep them looking as good as new, but to keep your vehicle safe on the road too. Recent MOT changes include checks on your alloy wheels so if you have any concerns please visit us for advice, repair and refurbishment.

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Alloy Wheel Refurbishment – What happens in the alloy wheel repair process?

What happens in the Alloy Wheel repair process?

Alloy Wheel Repair by We Fix Alloys

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!