Full process description on how to do alloy wheel repair and refurbishment

alloy wheel refurbishment
alloy wheel refurbishment

1. Wheel removal:

Either you can leave your car with us on site or we can fit you up with some temporary steel wheels to see you through.

2. Tyre, balance weight & valve removal:

Your tyres are removed and marked for precision and rotation and then tagged with your name. If we spot unsafe tyres we will show you. We reserve the right to refuse to refit tyres which are deemed to be unsafe.

You are welcome to provide your own replacement tyres, or we can supply a replacement at competitive prices. We remove all balance weights, valves and sensors (if required). Your wheels are then inspected for visual damage such as dents, buckles and cracks.

3. Paint stripping:

Your wheels are dipped in a special solution to strip away the existing finish and break away all dust. After a few hours your wheels are stripped back to bare aluminium.

4. Wheel blasting:

Your wheels are sand-blasted for final cleaning and corrosion removal.

5. Wheel inspection:

Once your wheels are fully cleaned it is much easier to see if there are cracks or structural damage. Your wheels are then tested on a balancing machine to check for any bends or buckles.

At this stage we will notify you if there is any damage to the wheel deemed to be dangerous and advise if the wheel can be repaired and if any extra repair cost is involved.

6. Wheel straightening & repair:

We have our own set of techniques that we use to straighten bent, buckled and dented alloy wheels. The refurbishment is not always necessary when straightening the wheel.

Also, if the damage is only small and on the inside of the rim, we can repair just that area rather than fully refurbishing your wheel, thus saving you money.

7. Kerbed surface preparation:

The next step is selective machining to remove all kerb damage from the surface of your wheel. If the damage is very deep it can be filled with aluminium and welded to return it to its original shape.

8. Wheel painting:

Your wheels are firstly placed into an oven for the pre-heating process before new powder primer is applied. After the powder is applied, the wheels go back into the oven for the curing process. After the curing process, the wheels are allowed to cool down slightly before the colour application and powder coat clear lacquer. The wheels are then placed back into the oven to harden the coatings and ensure a full cure.

9. Tyre fitting & balancing:

Once your wheels are repaired we fit new rubber valves (if the wheels had metal valves or sensors, these are refitted as before). The tyre is then refitted to the wheel and balanced using weights stuck to the inside of the wheel.

10. Wheel fitting:

Your wheels are fitted to your car and final checks are carried out including tyre pressure and wheel bolt torque and tightening.

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