Fixing Your Car’s Wheels
When it comes to your vehicle, there are so many different factors that need to be considered to ensure that your car looks great and that it is maintained properly. One area that needs to be considered is your vehicle’s wheels. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at your alloy wheels and how to make sure that they are in great condition.
1. What alloy wheels are and why you might want them fitted to your car
Alloy wheels may be a mystery to you: you may have heard of them, but not know whether they are for you. This article explains a little more about what they are and why you might want them fitted to your car.
When you buy a new or second-hand car, you will probably find that the wheels fitted are pretty standard steel wheels, as fitted by the car manufacturer. There is nothing wrong with these. In fact, the material they’re made out of is tough, so they can bear a fair amount of accidental damage from careless parking and so on without showing too much damage.
However, many car owners understandably find them a bit dull and boring. Alloy wheels are usually made from an alloy of aluminium (or, less commonly these days, magnesium) along with other elements. Using an alloy provides greater strength than any pure metal. Indeed, steel – the traditional metal used for car wheels – is an alloy of iron and carbon.
2. What are the advantages of alloys?
So what are the advantages of what we refer to as alloys, then? Well, in short, they are a lot lighter than their steel counterparts while still providing the same strength. This can improve the car’s performance, particularly when it comes to road handling and precision when steering. Moreover, they simply look better. That’s if you keep them looking good, of course. Naturally, over time, they will suffer wear and tear. And that’s where alloy wheel refurbishment services come in: the right specialist can get your wheels looking as good as new.
3. Powder coating and hydrographics
Alloy wheel refurbishment is a technical service that cannot only help restore your alloys to near-new condition. It can also include adding bespoke colors and finishes to your wheels. This makes your car stand out from the crowd, as well as providing your wheels with better protection against the elements. The auto repair cost for this service will depend on the extent of the damage and the refurbishment. Read on to find out a little more about the services on offer.
If you use your car on the road on a regular basis – as opposed to it being a show car or for occasional use – then powder coating really is a great option for your alloys. It is widely accepted as being advantageous in terms of the durability of the finish and resistance to future damage.
4. The alloy wheel refurbishment process
The alloy wheel refurbishment process involves stripping any layers of dirt and grime, along with old paint and lacquer coatings. After inspecting the stripped wheels for damage, minor scratches and cracks are filled and smoothed off, and the wheels primed. One or more powder coatings are applied, with a heat treatment between each one to melt (‘cure’) the powdered paint particles. A final layer of lacquer is applied to protect the alloys in the future.
5. Patterns can be applied to the alloys after the surface has been smoothed
There are many colors available, whether you want your wheels to match the factory specification or fancy a whole new color. Hydrographics takes the design stage one step further: patterns can be applied to the alloys after the surface has been smoothed and prepared through powder coating. Whether you’re looking for a specific metallic look and hue or something fancier such as a camouflage or wood grain design, this can be achieved through this type of water transfer printing.
6. Are there other options than booking into a body shop?
Mobile alloy wheel refurbishment services are aimed at providing a convenient alternative to booking your car into the local garage or body shop for repairs. But what are the advantages of having someone visit you? Won’t you suffer from a poorer quality service if the technicians in question come to your house rather than base refurbishment on their own premises?
The main advantage is, of course, the convenience. Book into a garage or the like and you’ll have to drive to the body shop in question, drop off your car, and make your own way home. You’ll then be without your vehicle for the duration of the alloy wheel refurbishment process, then travel back again to pick it up when the work is complete. For many people with busy lives, booking their car in just gets put on the back burner. This can lead to the damage worsening and costing more to fix in the longer term. A mobile service will arrange to visit your home or work premises at a time to suit you. They’ll carry full insurance for working on your car off their own premises, so you needn’t worry about what happens if things go wrong. And wheel refurbishment services these days have fully equipped vans which carry everything needed to strip and re-coat wheels to an extremely high standard, so you won’t suffer from a poorer quality service either. You might even find such a mobile service can charge less for this too, as you won’t be indirectly paying for rental of premises and so on.
Of course, this is only going to be beneficial in some cases. For extensive services or for repairs, you should always book into an auto shop so that the company has the full range of tools and equipment available to them. It all depends on the exact sort of service that you are going to need from the mechanics.
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