Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

Renovating alloy wheels. Although alloy wheels look much better than your average metal wheel they require many more looking after. Grit, rain and wind can hit the surface of the alloys, brake dust can also get into the top to ruin your alloy wheels. Just a rough looking edge can be given your alloys by slightly scuffing the kerb.

Then use a small grinding stone, a steel brush or perhaps a flap wheel on a drill to smooth this out, if there is any light impact damage. Take away the minimal amount of metal possible and once you have got the area looking reasonably smooth again you may need some rubbing compound. The wheel will need to be polished, once all of the effect damage and corrosion has evaporated. Locate the right Alloy polish available from most good car accessory stores. Use lots of elbow grease as you can to truly get your wheels to as high a radiance. Make use of a non-downy rag to put on the polish and then use a smooth fabric to buff it up. The following stage would be to give the wheels a re lacquer with clear coat lacquer making use of a narrow paint brush to apply it. All should be available from most accessory shops and your wheels should look just like new.

There are two means of refurbishing alloy wheels. One way would be to let the professionals do it, or if the damage is just decorative the fixing can be done at home with a couple of tools and a little elbow grease. It is simpler to work with alloy wheels when they're off the auto. The first job will be to hide up the tyres and any painted areas having paper and masking tape on areas you do not need to be affected. Most alloy wheels have a lacquer finish and this lacquer will generally have to removed first. Loose or flaky lacquer can be removed with a wooden scraper, (avoid using metal scrappers in case they slip and damage more of the wheel).. Then the remainder of the lacquer may be taken off with some kind of paint stripper. Take the standard precautions to prevent the stripper coming into contact with the skin. After the lacquer has been removed, use some body rubbing compound with a damp cloth to disguise any small pitted areas. You may need to also use some great grade wet and dry paper to get rid of any serious corrosion.