When performing alloy wheel repair on painted wheels its important to be able to Colour Match the Wheel colour by eye.
After the rim repair is complete we use this colour to blend the section for a great finish. If needed we can Change Wheel Colour for our customers.
Painted Wheel Repair also means that your wheel will be 95% to brand new when the repair is completed.
There is a 2 year warranty on all our painted repairs.
When repairing machined wheels which have fine CNC lines and a gloss coat on them, we fix the damage using various sanding techniques, after the damage is repaired we buff and polish your wheels to their original finish. This machined wheel repair method requires no painting but the repaired area will be slightly noticeable compared to the rest of the wheels.
The below video will show the difference in shine after a sanded polished repair on a machined wheel is completed
2 Year Warranty
We use only the highest quality 2 pack paints and products to ensure that your wheel repair is stronger than or equal to a factory finished wheel.
We back all our wheel painting and wheel repairs with a 2 year warranty unless specified otherwise during quoting
Alloy Wheel Repair Methods
Alloy wheel repair requires understanding of surfaces, metals, materials and their properties.
There are some types of damage which we cannot repair such as cracked wheels or wheels with missing sections.
Alloy wheels for repair can come in many types of finishes and constructs.
Some of these include - chrome plated wheels, painted wheels , pure alloy wheels, powdercoated wheels, machined wheels, two piece wheels, 4x4 steel wheels and some are a combinations of these eg.( shadow chrome wheels, 2 tone wheels etc ).
Each of these repairs has a different repair process and labour time.
We will advise you on what is the best method of alloy wheel repair for your alloy wheel.
2 Pack vs Powdercoat
At Wheel Buddy - we offer 2 pack painting only for all our repair and respray work.
A lot of people ask , what is the difference between 2 pack and powder coat , how strong is it or which is better .
Here is a description of both methods :
Powder Coating is a process where you take an object and heat it up to such a temperature that any powder sprayed around or near it will fuse to the object . Afterwards you need to wait for the object to cool down. It is very long lasting and usually this method of color application is used in industrial processes. eg. a lot of shopping center fittings and building industry materials are powder coated using this method.
Pros : High Durability and long wearing, chip resistant. Usually a little bit cheaper than 2 pack
Cons : Cannot achieve high gloss , selection of Colors is limited.
2 Pack Painting
2 pack spray painting is a process where an object is sanded with machines or by hand to create tiny grooves.
These grooves allow for the paint to sit inside them grab onto them and stick to the object. A painter or a machine sprays the paint over the object to the desired finish level. 2 pack paint is very durable , unlike common house paint or spray can paint...2 pack paint is made of 2 parts, 1. the paint itself and 2. the hardener . When the 2 parts are combined the product has to be used immediately as it will begin to harden from the chemical reaction.
Pros : High durability and Long wearing , chip resistant , Large Color Selection , Can do High gloss , Satin , can do metallic and pearl finishes. It is the industry standard for automotive paint.
Cons : More labour intensive and more complicated to prepare an object correctly. Slightly more expensive than powder coating
In summary both methods are durable and strong when done correctly, it comes down to budget and logistics for most people. We prefer the 2 pack paint because of the large selection of finishes and applications and for its mirror gloss properties.
Using Body Filler
Sometimes we come across damage which goes too deep to be sanded and smoothed. The only options in this case are to either weld in new alloy material
Or use standard automotive body filler.
We prefer to work with filler in this case because it is more affordable for the customer and because it offers a lot of repair method shaping flexibility .
If you have lots of deep gouges we can fill them in with a special filling compound and then shape that compound to bring the level of the damage up high enough to get a smooth uniform finish with no hint of a hole or gouge.
This technique does take more time and it is limited to being done only on painted wheels but the results can make even the worst wheels look like new.
For machined face wheels the only option is to weld in new alloy material and then machine them.
Shaping body filler is pretty easy it can be shaped with most abraisives, sand paper , files etc,
Because shaping and filling does take conciderable time , the cost of a filled wheel repair is generally a little bit more
For more info on this topic try youtube which has lots of demonstartions and strength tests.
1. Clean Wheels
The first step of rim repair is to clean the damaged wheels to expose all areas in need of attention.
In most cases we remove the wheels from the vehicle for better access.
2. Hard Sanding
The next step in alloy wheel repair is to machine sand the areas of damage.
This removes surface blemishes and smoothes down hard gutter rash, scratches or gouges
3. Filling Deep Damage
This step is optional and if the gutter rash is deep or wheel is badly chipped, we apply a putty filler compound to fill the damaged groove.
The sanding process needs to be repeated after this process
4. Fine Sanding / Prep
Fine Sanding and Treatment
The next step in alloy wheel repair is to smooth sand the repair area.
The goal here is to create the smoothest and cleanest possible surface before any paint application