There is a saying that every car’s appearance defects can be removed by pdr method, but design mistakes can be corrected with beautiful rims. But what should be done if the rims are the ones who urgently need a correction? Here is some practical advice…
The most common types how to get dents and other car body damages: being inattentive you drive along a road border and the wheel that was proudly shining in the bright sun now has got some ugly scratch. What to do?
If you’re not a perfectionist, just leave it alone. It’s probably not the first and definitely not the last visual damage to your car in its life.
However, if you are willing to do something about the problem and the scratching on the wheel is superficial, give a try of polishing. Or matte it and varnish afterward. Just be honest about your skills and abilities. If you have any doubt about them, better seek professional help. This will not only save your time but also you money on materials and amount of work.
In the case the defect is deeper, repair process is a bit more complicated. First of all, wheel must be removed from the car and the tire dismantled. Now you can start preparation process beforehand painting. Chemical treatment is applied in order to dissolve and remove any dirt. When it’s done, wheel’s surface is processed with sand, ball or soda flow to reveal a nude metal in front of you. Then it’s time for an additional heat treatment and powdering can begin. At a workshop this whole job will cost you somewhere between 50-100 dollars per wheel.
Bent or torn discs
If a wheel is deformed in a result of an impact, to restore the initial condition there are two possible options: either to weld or expand the disk. But do you really need it?
If the wheel has cracked, the smartest thing to do is to get a replacement and write off the old one as the life’s lesson. For security reasons it can also be pretty difficult to pass the technical inspection.
When the wheel is bent but not broken, it can be expanded. During the expansion process it’s possible to recover the initial positioning of the wheel (it costs somewhere between 20 to 70 dollars) and, if necessary, edges can be grinded. Ruptured disk repair will cost 50 dollars on average depending on the severity of damage.
It will be a rather challenging objective to achieve good results and avert any damage on chiseled wheels. It’s simply because the material is denser and hence much stronger than a material out of which a typical wheel is produced. These chemical properties grant the product more resistance to damage but in the same time a harder repair process.
Regardless of the necessary repair type, it must be considered with a cool mind. If you can’t asses it on your own, ask a pro to check it out. Also remember that your and your passengers’ safety is the top priority at all times.
Wheels look okey, but not perfect
The visual improvement of an alloy set of wheels is limited only by your own imagination. The simplest tuning option is repainting them in a custom color; it will cost you around 200 dollars per set. If this is too mainstream for you, choose a combination of custom painted inner edges and polished outside edge supplemented by a logo in the middle. Still not enough to stand out in the crowd? Go for a fluorescent color!
There is also an alternative to all of the above mentioned called hydro graphics. The wheel is soaked in water on which a label is applied beforehand. This makeover will make a 200 dollar dent in your wallet but will definitely be worth it.
You can also get yourself steel discs instead of more traditional alloy wheels. They might be heavier in some cases but fit better for some older car models. These wheel types have their own benefits in everyday and sports driving.
Upon an impact steel disk is curved but not torn in pieces so there are greater chances that tires will hold their pressure. Although it’s not a preferred method, the flexibility of steel wheel allows you to make an emergency quick fix by a hammer. Another argument in favor of the steel is lower price compering to the competing products.
Last but not least it’s worth remembering that a superb effect can be achieved by minimal effort: wash and wax your wheels regularly. This will also prevent the brake discs from dirt and other environmental factors.