As one might imagine, repairing an alloy car wheel isn’t something that just anyone can do. No, it’s a job for a mag wheel expert like Coastal Alloy who repair the gutter rash that afflicts many modern vehicles these days. If the wheel is weakened in the wrong way, it could potentially break apart while you’re driving down the road. Nice wheels do make your car look a lot better, plus can add stability and handling as well, but do you want to risk repairing your wheels?
Some Alloy Wheel Repair Is Just Superficial
Of course, there are certain parts of cleaning and fixing up your expensive alloy wheels that any do-it-yourselfer can do. Taking care of curb rash, nicks, scrapes, and dirt are fairly straight forward and don’t have anything to do with the structure of the wheel.
Curb or gutter rash is when you brush up next to the curb while parking and rub the edge of your wheel against the curb. It will usually leave ugly scrapes on the edges of your wheels, sometimes deep ones, depending on how hard you hit the curb and hour rough it is. These scrapes can be carefully filed down and then sanded with progressively finer sand paper to eliminate most of the ridges. It will be hard to fill in the deep grooves, however, so those will remain after you’re done.
Most cleaning can be done using product bought at the local auto parts store; some brake dust will be hard to remove. Then you can use a polishing compound to regain the new look to your wheels, and after that, some wax will also help restore luster.
While Cleaning, Buffing, and Waxing Your Wheels Inspect Them
The most dangerous defect that can happen to your wheels is for them to crack. It rarely happens on its own; it’s almost always the result of hitting a deep rut or high curb while driving. Any fine, hairline cracks should be immediately checked out by a qualified wheel shop; they can be very dangerous.
Another problem that is also fairly dangerous is a bent wheel. Its danger comes mostly because of the extra wear on the tire and out of alignment driving that it causes. If the wheel isn’t pointing exactly straight down the road like all the other tires, it will wear faster since it is constantly skidding as you drive. On slick streets, it can cause problems because of tracking and steering, so it’s best to have it fixed if possible right away. It may be the wheel has to be replaced if it can’t be straightened.
When it comes to alloy wheel repair techniques most of those are going to be best left to a qualified repair shop. If you pull out your torch and start patching cracks in your wheels, you could end up weakening the metal further. Alloy wheels are usually cast into a certain shape and then machined down to an exact size and style. But welding or brazing on the metal could cause interior weaknesses in the metal that could be dangerous.
If you do find some problems with your wheels during your cleaning or waxing process, it’s best to put on your spare and head to the wheel shop for a thorough examination. Some shops even have machines that can detect hidden cracks so look for one of those if you suspect that type of damage.