IF YOU ARE AN ENTHUSIASTIC DRIVER AND ARE REALLY PROUD OF YOUR CAR, YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE A NICE SETUP OF SHINY ALLOY WHEELS.
In addition to offering distinct performance advantages over steel rims, alloys can also make or break a car’s image.
But it is a fact that they are much less durable and are particularly susceptible to impact damage from flying road debris and curbs. When they are damaged, it does not take long before corrosion also sets in, which makes your rims look worn and further jeopardizes their structural integrity.
Compared to traditional steel rims, the manufacturing process for alloy wheels is complex. This means that alloy wheels tend to cost much more to buy, and can easily be sold for over SEK 15,135.58 per corner for OEM replacements.
That’s why drivers have traditionally chosen to renovate damaged alloy wheels, and in this article we will look at both the pros and cons of such repairs
LIGHT METAL Alloy Wheel Refurbishment PROFESSIONALS
Do your research and you will discover that there are specialists out there with the right equipment and expertise to do the job properly.
Join the experts and the benefits can include:
Costs for renovation vary depending on an Alloy Wheel Refurbishment, type and extent of damage and the size and type of your Alloy wheels. But as a rough guide, a fairly typical Alloy Wheel Refurbishment can run at around SEK 1,135.17 – SEK 1,513.56 per wheel – still much cheaper than buying a completely new set of alloys, including aftermarket replacements.
Alloy Wheel Refurbishment will often restore them to their former luster, improving the look and aesthetics of your car.
Compared to buying new replacement wheels, renovation often provides more options for custom colors and finishes. This allows you to achieve an individual look by complementing or contrasting your varnish.
Renovating damaged alloys can often restore the value of your car. A big advantage if you are considering reselling it, or avoiding expensive penalties if you return it to a leasing company.
RENOVATION OF LIGHT METAL WHEELS CONS
Now let’s take a look at some of the disadvantages of having your alloys refurbished:
The most reputable wheel renovators give you a 12-month warranty at best.
As renovation is a cosmetic treatment, the process does not provide extra protection against future damage. If the damage you are going to repair is what you do yourself (as in the case of curbs for example) then renovation will be money in the lake if you continue to brush against pavements!
Matching is especially difficult when renovating less than an entire set and it is sometimes possible to discover the Alloy Wheel Refurbishment that have been made.
Yes, this was also considered an advantage! However, just remember that on the back you may have to pay to switch back to the original look and finish to make the car salable or to return to a leasing company at the end of the semester.
Renovation has its limits. Sometimes a renovation cannot be performed at all and other times, even if it can, it will not return the wheel to its original appearance.
After the treatment, wheel renovators often recommend that you avoid specialized cleaning products for alloy wheel Ireland and that you instead use hot soapy water and rags without abrasives. This is good when your wheels are only slightly dirty, but when you have time and they are baked in road salt, dirt and grime, you may well miss being able to reach more powerful cleaning products.
Diamond cutting is a destructive process that actually removes material from your wheel. Although this is usually not a problem, it means that the process cannot be repeated too many times – which unfortunately is often required over time when and when the corrosion returns. In addition, diamond cutting often leaves ugly “mapping lines” that are clearly visible on the wheel surface.