The Process

Step 1

Removing the wheels from a vehicle

If we have the car on site it will be parked within our secure premises for the duration of the repair. The other option is that spare wheels are temporally fitted so that the car can stay on the road.

Step 2

Removing the tyres, weights & valves

The tyres are removed from the wheels and marked for precision & rotation, and tagged with the customer’s name.

Step 3

Stripping previous paintwork, grime & dirt.

The wheel is then dipped in a special chemical solution to strip away the existing finish and break all dust. After a few hours , the entire wheel is fully stripped back to bare aluminium.

Step 4

Shot blasting - further cleaning of the wheel

The wheel is then sandblasted for more cleaning this removes any corrosion left on the wheels and also prepares the surface ready to be powder coated.

Step 5

Structural repairs - straightening, welding

The wheel is now inspected for any bends, buckles, dents or any cracks on the alloy wheels. If any repair is required the customer is notified before we carry out any work unless it is apparently when the booking was made. Structural repairs are subject to additional prices please go to pricing for more info.

Step 6

Preparing kerbed surface for paint

The next step is to remove all kerb damage from the surface of the wheel (if the damage is very deep it can be filled with aluminium and welded to return it to its original shape we don’t use any filler here at Herts Wheels unlike other refurbishment companies. Welding repairs are subject to an additional charge.

Step 7

Applying base coat

First , the wheel is placed into the oven for the  preheating process. After this new powder primer is applied. After the powder is applied the wheels go back into the oven for the curing process. After the curing process, the wheels are allowed to cool down slightly before the colour application.

Step 8

Diamond Cutting

The wheel is placed on a CNC lathe and a diamond knife is cutting off thin layer of aluminium.

Step 9

Applying powder coat lacquer

A final  clear coat is applied to protect the surface from corrosion. Change image to a diamond cut wheel with laquer applied.

Step 10

Tyre fitting & balancing

Once the wheel is repaired we fit new rubber valves (if the wheels had metal valves or sensors these are re-fitted as before).

The tyre is then refitted to the wheel and balanced using weights stuck to the inside of the wheel.

Step 11

Fitting wheels to the car

The wheels are fitted to the car and final checks are carried out including tyre pressure and wheel bolt torque and tightening.

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