Alloy Wheel Refurbishment Sussex
Stripping the wheel back to bare metal
The alloy wheel is placed in a chemical solution (unlike some refurbishers we do not use acid which is more aggressive and less environmentally friendly) for several hours to remove all of the old paint, lacquer and any accumulated deposits. We do this to provide excellent key for the subsequent paint and lacquer processes.
The wheel is then thoroughly washed to remove all chemical deposits and dirt.
Any repairs requiring welding to restore the surface of the rim, repair a crack in the alloy or straightening of buckled wheel is undertaken at this stage having received customer authorisation.
The wheel is then low pressure bead or aqua blasted to create the best possible surface condition in preparation for the painting process.
The wheel is placed on a conveyor system that passes through an oven to remove any trapped air before moving into a spray booth for an application of powder coated primer.
It then goes through a second oven to be baked to ensure curing has been completed.
A quality check is performed before proceeding any further with the refurbishment process.
Applying the paint and lacquer
The wheel is again pre-heated to an optimum temperature before entering a sealed booth via a conveyor system.
The wheel is then professionally spray painted. Immediately after being painted a lacquer is applied to the face and inside (powder lacquers are highly durable) to protect the wheel from salt, brake dust and the elements generally.
The wheel then returns to the oven and once it has cooled a final inspection is performed.
Each wheel is carefully inspected to ensure that the finish is as close as possible to the original factory finish of a new wheel (assuming no underlying flaws in the quality of the wheel we started with) and matches the best industry standards.