What are the options for refurbing heavily corroded alloy wheels? The
ones I've been given look pretty reasonable from the outside, but the
inside surfaces are in a shocking state for some reason. I'm sorely
tempted to have at it with a wire mop on the end of an electric drill,
but am concerned the resulting scratches might result in them degrading
again faster in future than would otherwise be the case.
I saw some bloke today who does powder coating for 50 quid per wheel;
says he makes 'em look like brand new - but black. But I'd really like to
keep it original if possible and retain that factory-fresh bright ally
finish. Any ideas?
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Powder coating doesn't *have* to be black. I had mine done in a silvery
colour, which wasn't too far off the original appearance. There are lots
of places which do it. Look online for a few local ones, or ask at tyre
depots, and then speak to a few of them. Make sure they've got the right
facilities to get all the existing crud off prior to powder coating.
Indeed. There's lots of places that will powder coat or paint in a range
One thing with powder coat; it looks ace and it's easy to clean, but if
it gets damaged and the moisture gets in it will blister.
If you're anywhere near, I've used A1 Wheels in Wolverhampton several
times over the years.
Not a plug as such, but my brother's small business did some for me,
powder coated and lacquered, and they weathered very well (in the 2
years after they were done before I sold the car). He's got all sorts of
cleaning tanks, sand blasters and booths to powder coat for JCB etc. I
think they charge £50 a wheel.
Mine were done rather longer than 2 years ago. The originals did about 10+
years before getting tatty. But I didn't have them powder coated as soon
as they did. Could be it would work better than factory paint on a new
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