The whole of the wheel is refurbished not just the front face, improving the aesthetic appearance and also ensuring the tyre seats better which helps to prevent slow punctures. The following explains the process deployed when a total alloy wheel refurbishment is undertaken.
Firstly we remove the tyre, valve, weights and any stick on decals. Tyre pressure sensors are marked to ensure correct replacement, we cannot guarantee the original positions if the wheels are delivered loose. The wheel is then checked for buckles.
The wheels are then chemically stripped using a specialised process which removes all the original paint, the rim is then neutralised and move to the blasting process.
The wheel is then shot blasted to remove any corrosion and pitting in the surface; this also highlights any further imperfections which can then be dressed (dents, deep scratches and kerb damage). Please be aware that we do not repair wheels that have been seriously damaged as this will affect the wheel's structural integrity and it should be replaced. Our trained technicians will advise you accordingly prior to repair.
The wheel is now ready for the repair / dressing stage, the damage is identified and repaired using various processes and the wheels are then ready for the painting process.
The wheels are heated to the required temperature allowing for any gases trapped in the cast aluminium to be released. The whole wheel is then primer powder coated and cured in a high temperature oven.
The colour you have chosen or Manufacturers colour is then applied. A final coat of powder clear lacquer is applied and cured, this ensures the wheel is fully protected from the elements. The lacquer used is a particularly robust coating, and makes cleaning the wheels easy, once back in daily use.
The tyre is refitted and balanced using all new weights and valves and fitted back to the vehicle, depending on what type of service you have chosen.
We can also undertake front face cosmetic repairs, where the level of damage is minimal. This is a quicker process as the wheel does not have to be chemically stripped, the tyre (if fitted) is pushed down the side of the wheel and masked off so as to gain complete access to the wheel rim to repair any damage. The wheel face is then repaired suitable standard for priming. The chosen base colour is then applied and then finally a clear lacquer is applied to seal and finish. Then the wheel is cured for maximum durability and protection. The tyre (if fitted) is then re-inflated and is ready for use.