Removing the wheels from the 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.
Removing the tyres, weights & valves
The tyres are removed from the wheels and marked for precision & rotation, and tagged with the customer’s name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Painting the wheel
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 and powder coat clear lacquer. -The wheels are then taken placed back into the oven to harden the coatings and ensure a full cure.
Tyre fitting & balancing
Once the wheel is repaired and powder coated 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.
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.