Everything You Should Know About Alloy Wheel Refurbishment
Scuffing or scraping your alloy wheels can ruin the appearance of your car, and while damage to your alloys is most often avoidable, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t uncommon. The unpleasing appearance may leave you contemplating buying new wheels altogether, or having an alloy wheel refurbishment.
A wheel refurbishment is designed to restore your wheel to the best possible standard and is much more affordable than buying new alloy wheels. It’s also a great way of giving your wheels a new lease of life.
If your alloy wheels are slightly scratched, badly scraped or are beginning to corrode, we recommend visiting a technician for wheel refurbishment as soon as you can.
What Is Alloy Wheel Refurbishment?
Alloy wheel refurbishment is the process of repairing alloy wheels in order to give them a new lease of life. As alloy wheels can easily become damaged, chipped and scratched through day-to-day driving, alloy wheel refurbishment has become a popular method of restoring alloy wheels to their original condition.
During the process of an alloy wheel refurbishment, the tyres are taken off the wheels before any work is carried out.
The wheel is then thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of grime and dirt before we lightly sand the damaged area. Filler is then applied to scratches and scuffs. After being cured, the alloy is then sanded and prepared for primer and paint application.
The paint can be colour matched to the existing wheels or to a colour of your choosing. When the paint has been applied and set, the wheel is then lacquered to a high-gloss finish before being cured and polished.
Refurbishment VS Buying New Alloys
Wheel refurbishment is ideal if you notice your wheels are scraped, scratched, scuffed, faded, bent, dented or even split. Refurbishing is far more affordable than buying a new set of alloys, which is why many drivers opt to restore rather than replace.
With that being said, refurbishing isn’t possible if the wheels are too badly damaged. For example, if your wheels are corroded beyond repair, distorted, severely cracked or even buckled, your best bet is to invest in replacements.
When you visit us for a wheel replacement, we will be honest and advise you on the most appropriate option.
How Long Does it Take to Refurb an Alloy Wheel?
Alloy wheel refurbishment can take a minimum of 12 hours, depending on how much refurbishment they require. As we have to wait for all the filler, lacquer and paint to fully dry, this can take a little longer.
However, if your wheels are in a bad condition, you can expect this process to take longer and in some cases, can take up to two days.
Using a Professional for Wheel Refurbishment
If you’re contemplating refurbishing your alloys yourself, we would probably advise against it, unless you have a lot of time and patience on your hands!
As wheels are three dimensional and are not flat surfaces, any inexperienced person will struggle to refurbish wheels without the paint running or dripping, while wheel refurbishment technicians are trained and develop a certain skill level in order to ensure the wheels are smooth and will last as long as possible.
How Much Is Alloy Wheel Refurbishment?
Compared to the price of new alloy wheels, an alloy wheel refurbishment may be the answer to your prayers.
The cost of an alloy repair will vary according to the extent of the damage, and which colours you choose. Popular colours include gold, satin black, metallic black, anthracite and metallic anthracite.
Alloy Wheel Refurbishment in Loughborough
If you are looking to have your alloy wheels refurbished, or even if you’d like some advice on whether a replacement is more suitable, we would be more than happy to help.
At Parkland Services Ltd we have a well-equipped workshop which means we can cope with almost any kind of body repair work. We offer expert alloy wheel refurbishment in Leicestershire as part of our bodywork service.
For any of our work, we will always do our utmost to give you an accurate quote beforehand and will never carry out any additional work without your authority.
If you require advice or a quote on any work please do not hesitate to call us on 01509 232232.