Wheel Refurbishment ProcessWhere vehicle down time is critical and the level of damage in variable, we much to prefer to carry out a complete refurbishment where possible, in the knowledge, that we have restored the wheel to its best possible condition. We offer same day turn around service to minimise frustration of been without a car.
The following process demonstrates our attention to detail to ensure we return to you as near a new wheel as possible. We have the capability to repair up to 24” diameter and 12” wide wheels.
1. Wheel Stripping:We remove the tyre from the wheel, carefully marking the position and rotation of the tyre.
The tyre is inspected thoroughly for any defects or wear and any unsafe tyres are reported to the customer immediately. We will not refit unsafe tyres at the end of the process. Early notification allows the customer to source replacements or we provide replacements at competitive rates.
The wheel is checked for cracks and stress fractures. Again we will immediately advise customers of any unroadworthy wheels and provide any remedial work and costings at this stage.
The wheel is finally stripped of all weights, valves and any stick on decals. Wheels with tyre pressure sensor equipment have them marked to ensure correct replacement.
2. Chemical Stripping:The wheels are then immersed in a chemical solution, to remove all the old lacquer, basecoats and primers as well as brake dust. This may take a few hours depending on the make of the car and original paint layers leaving the wheels fully stripped back to the bare alloy.
The wheels are completely washed and dried which leaves a completely clean wheel free of any contaminants.
3. Repair Damaged Surfaces:Using a number of processes, the wheel is repaired and returned it to its original shape and profile dependent on the extent of its damage but this will have been discussed at pricing.
4. Blast Cleaning:The wheels then undergo a blast process to provide a perfect key and remove any corrosion too accept the primer powder.
5. Pre-heating:The wheel is now preheated for 45 minutes to remove all air and moisture trapped within the wheel.
6. Powder Primer:A coat of powder primer is applied to the whole wheel. This is done to ensure a robust, ultra-smooth, corrosion resistant base coat for colour application. The wheels are reheated to ensure the powder primer is fully cured and form a strong resilient coating.
7. Application of Colour:The next stage is to apply the colour to the wheel. We use high quality powder from leading paint suppliers and it is applied in an enclosed extracted dust booth. The wheel is then placed in an oven again for curing process.
Your colour choice is endless and we have in house water base mixing capabilities. You are only limited in your imagination.
8. Final Coat:A final coat of powder lacquer is applied to the whole wheel, to ensure it is fully protected from the elements. The wheel is once again reheated for curing. This robust coating makes for easy cleaning once back in use.
9. Refitting The Tyres:Once the wheels have fully cured and cooled they are ready for their tyres.
Finally, the wheels are balanced, always using stick on weights on the inside of the wheel.
If the vehicle is on site the wheels are refitted, set to the correct settings and torque to the correct pressure. We always recommend wheel torque settings are rechecked after 30 minutes of use.