Cracked Wheel Repair
1. Remove wheels from the vehicle
When the vehicle arrives, we allocate it a parking spot or loan wheels. The car is left in our secure parking area and is fully insured unless discussed otherwise. Or a set of our loan wheels are fitted on the car and you can stay on the road while we fix up you alloy wheels. Either option your wheels are taken of and sent to the tyre room.
2. Removing tyres and prepping wheels
Tyres are removed by our expert tyre fitters, labelled and stored away. We remove all valves, sensors and weights. The wheels are inspected for buckles and cracks. Tyres are also inspected. If we need to get in touch with the customer, we do so at this stage and further instruction is taken.
3. Stripping the wheels
The wheels are sent to out chemical room. Here the wheels are dipped in special chemicals where all the previous paintwork and coatings as well as rubber, grime and dirt are all removed leaving a bare aluminium. This stage in vital in ensuring a perfect finish.
In this stage the wheels are blasted with high speed aluminium oxide. Removing any rust and corrosion and also giving the surface a uniform finish for the next stage.
5. Second inspection
When the wheel is clean and down to the bare aluminium, we inspect the wheels again for cracks and buckles in case any where missed previously. At this stage we normally never find anything because it was detected before. But we rather be safe than sorry.(may be additional cost involved if we find anything)
6. Straightening and welding
If any buckles or cracks were found in the two inspections, they get fixed and resolved now, whilst there is no coating on the wheel, and nothing can contaminate the welds. Using our advance techniques, machines and material we ensure the wheel is free from any structural deformations. Deep damages can also be repaired at this stage by filling it with aluminium and then re-shaping to the wheels original shape.
7. Removing curb rash
Using machines and hand tools all smaller cosmetic damages are removed from the wheel. After final inspection the wheel us finally ready for a powder coating.
8. Powder coating
At around degrees Celsius the wheels first go through a process known as degassing. After this a powder base is applied and it is sent back to the ovens to cure. Once cured and colour coat is applied, again back in the ovens to cure.
9. Diamond cut
The newer more premium wheels are called diamond cut wheels. This is because the wheels are put into a lathe and a diamond tip is ran across the other surface of the wheel face. Taking of microns at a time the face of the wheels adopts a polished finish. Not all wheels go through this process and it can be opted out.
10. Our signature Lacquer
Once the wheels have undergone the diamond cut process, they go back in the ovens with the other wheels to get a powdered acrylic lacquer. This special process creates our signature gloss look. Resulting a high gloss, durable and vibrant finish.
11. Get the job done
After the ovens the wheels are left to cool and cure. This is where the gloss levels deepen, and the powder coat gets harder. Once fully cooled new valves are installed and tyre re fitted. The wheels are balanced using our state-of-the-art machines and fitted back on the car. The tyres are filled with recommended air pressure and the wheels torqued to manufactor specs.