Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

Renovating alloy wheels. Although alloy wheels look much better than your average steel wheel they do require a lot more looking after. Rain, wind and grit can hit the surface of the alloys, brake dust can also go into the top to ruin your alloy wheels. If untreated the wheels could start to corrode and your wheels could look duller than steel wheels with wheel trims. Another point that can spoil the look of an alloy wheel is impact damage. Just a rough looking edge can be given your alloys by slightly scuffing the kerb.

Then use a little grinding rock, a steel brush or perhaps a flap wheel on a drill to smooth this out, if there is any moderate impact destruction. Take away the minimum number of metal possible and once you have got the area looking pretty smooth again you might need some rubbing compound. Once most of the impact damage and corrosion has vanished, the wheel will need to be polished. Use tons of elbow grease as you can to really get your wheels to as large a glow. Use a non-fluffy rag to apply the polish and then utilize a smooth cloth to buff it up. The next phase would be to give the wheels a re lacquer with clear coat lacquer employing a narrow paint brush to use it. All should be available from most accessory shops as well as your wheels should look just like new.

There are two ways of refurbishing alloy wheels. One way is to allow the professionals do it, or if the damage is just decorative the fixing can be achieved at home with only a bit of elbow grease and several tools. It is easier to work with alloy wheels when they're off the car. The first job will be to mask up the tyres and any painted areas having paper and masking tape on areas you don't need to be influenced. Most alloy wheels have a lacquer finish and this lacquer will ordinarily have to removed first. Loose or flaky lacquer can be eliminated with a wooden scraper, (avoid using metal scrappers in case they slip and damage more of the wheel).. Then the rest of the lacquer can be taken off with some form of paint stripper. Take the ordinary precautions to avoid the stripper coming into contact with your skin. Use some body rubbing compound with a moist cloth to disguise any little pitted areas, after the lacquer has been removed. You will need to also use some great grade wet and dry paper to get rid of any acute corrosion.

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