Alloy wheels are a great choice for any car owner looking for increased strength, decreased overall weight and endless modification options. Higher standard alloy wheels come with a greater responsibility of care and maintenance of their desirable qualities. Here we discuss what you need to know about your alloy wheels in order to keep them looking great, and answer some of the most common questions which get in relation to caring for your alloy wheels.
Knowing your alloy wheel specifications
The first step to maintaining great alloy wheels is to know their specifications. This means that, should an issue present itself, you can easily find the correct replacements, repair tools or equipment needed for that specific alloy wheel.
How to measure alloy wheel size
There are a few different measurements that are required when sizing up alloy wheels. You can take these measurements yourself or have your alloy wheels sized by a professional during installation, repairs or modification.
Caring for your alloy wheels
Here we answer some of the most common questions asked when dealing with alloy wheel care. Understanding these issues and how to either treat or prevent them will ensure that your alloy wheels are kept in top condition.
Can alloy wheels rust?
Technically, alloy wheels don’t rust. Due to the main component in the alloy mix that makes up alloy wheels, aluminium, having an oxide layer that protects it from rusting, you won’t experience rusting like you may on a steel wheel. You may, however, experience corrosion if your alloy wheels are scratched. A scratch on the alloy can expose the layers under the protective finish and white-coloured patches of corrosion can then develop. Using alloy safe rust remover, the appropriate scrubbing brushes (usually nylon then steel wool) and a water rinse can effectively remove corrosion from your alloy wheels.
Can an alloy wheel be straightened?
Alloy wheels can be straightened by a professional. If you are experiencing: Shaking when driving
Poor steering and handling tires that consistently lose pressure, your alloy wheels may be buckled and out of shape. This could be due to poor road conditions or an accident whereby a large hole is hit.
Straightening your alloy wheels is a great method that removes the unnecessary need for replacement, and it is usually a successful process. This process does however, require an expert technician and specialist equipment to ensure that it is done correctly.
Can alloy wheel scratches/scuffs be repaired?
As above, yes, scuffed alloy wheels can be restored to their pristine condition. The wheel is usually sanded down to remove the scratch or scuff. After this, the engineer will usually apply a primer and colour coded paint to make them look shiny and new again. This process only usually takes a few hours.
Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
Diamond cutting is a more thorough and complex process that requires the use of wheel repair machine to cut away the thin surface layers of an alloy to leave a shiny finish.
People often view diamond cut alloys as a sign of prestige, mainly because many of the leading high-end car manufacturers do this as standard on their cars, such as Audi and BMW.
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