Alloy wheel refurbishment explained

A curbed alloy wheel won't do your vehicle's looks any favours. Why not try getting them refurbished instead of buying new ones? We'll explain all about it here.

There’s nothing worse than a curbed alloy wheel to ruin your vehicle’s looks for free. Before you run to buy new ones, why not see if you can refurbish them first? Whether you’ve got a slight scratch or a bad scrape, or even if it’s starting to corrode, it doesn’t matter. This is what alloy wheel refurbishment is and what it can do for you.

What is alloy wheel refurbishment?

If your alloys aren’t in shipshape condition, you might be thinking about what you can do to get them looking mint again. What you shouldn’t do is leave them looking scrubby, it doesn’t do your vehicle’s appearance any good or the structure of your wheel either.

Alloy wheel refurbishment has become more and more popular over the years, and it can do a cracking job at restoring your alloy wheels to their original condition. Refurbishment of your alloys helps to give them a new lease of life when they become damaged. Your alloys are bound to become chipped or scratched eventually, it’s part of day-to-day driving.

When they do, and if you decide to go ahead and get them refurbished, your tyres will be taken off your wheels and your wheel will be cleaned to get rid of any dirt. The area is sanded down and it’s prepared to be painted. Once the paint has been applied and set, the wheel can then be cured and polished. This whole process has to be done fairly quickly, a minimum of around 12 hours or so, depending on how much refurbishment is needed.

Why you should get your alloy wheels refurbished?

The main reason why anyone would want to get their alloy wheels refurbished is that you want to repair any damage that’s been caused and it’s cheaper than buying new ones. It’s as simple as that, let’s not beat around the bush about it. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve scratched them or scraped them, all that matters is that they get tidied up.

Refurbishing your alloys is more affordable than buying a new set by far, which is why many of us opt to restore what we can rather than going straight for replacement. Bearing that in mind, sometimes refurbishment isn’t always an option if your alloys are that battered. If they are beyond repair, cracked, or even buckled, replacements are probably going to be your best bet.

Where can you get your alloy wheels refurbished?

These days there are so many different places that you could go to who would be able to help you with the refurbishing of your car’s alloy wheels for you.

You might find yourself having to drop your car off and leave it with whoever you’re leaving it with for a while so that they can crack on with refurbishing it for you. It’s a bit like when you take your car for an MOT or a service. You’d sometimes need to leave your car with them and that’s ok, as long as the job gets done, right?

Using a professional for refurbishment

If you find yourself debating whether you should refurbish your alloys yourself to save even more on the costs side of things, we’d say don’t bother unless you’ve got time and patience on your hands.

Your wheels are not simply round and flat, they are three-dimensional and can be tricky for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing with alloy refurbishment. It’s best to leave it to the professionals. Those who are trained and developed to make sure your wheels are up to scratch and will last you as long as possible.

The trickiest part of wheel refurbishment is the paint running. If it’s applied too thickly in spots it will ruin and this will be a nightmare. You want smooth, no drips and no runs when you’re painting and this can require some top skill to help put that paint on the wheel and make sure it’s looking great. This is the final part of the refurbishment and it can involve using several different colours, with your standard colours being the cheapest option.

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