The process of wheel repair depends heavily upon the nature of the damage sustained and the type of wheels your car has. Furthermore, while there is a set standard for proper wheel repair, every detail shop will handle repairs differently in their own way, with their own tools and unique applications. It’s important to find a detail shop that has extensive experience repairing wheels of all shapes, sizes, and materials.
Wheel repair may involve sanding, putty, and paint for minor or deep scratches, depending on the level of damage. Other wheels that have become bent or more severely damaged will need to be re-bent back into place, which may involve intense heating, welding, or molding the wheel back into shape. In the most severe cases, wheels may need to be replaced.
The type of material that the wheel is made of plays a huge role in whether or not it will be able to be repaired or not. Some materials handle cracks, scratches, and dents better than others, and sometimes repair just isn’t the right answer—an entirely new wheel may be in order. However, these are the most common types of materials that wheels are made of:
Each of these materials has varying degrees of pliability and elasticity, causing them to range in their ability to be repaired—not to mention the cost of repair. For instance, aluminum alloy wheels are more pliable than plastic wheels, and will more easily be able to be repaired and fixed.
Besides the material the wheel is made of, the nature of the damage is a critical factor to consider when repairing a wheel. Fine scratches are usually easier to remove and wheels can easily be restored—unless you have plastic wheels—these can be difficult if not impossible to repair sometimes. Deeper scratches and gouges may be more challenging to repair and may necessitate a new wheel. Surprisingly, dented or bent wheels aren’t always beyond repair. They can often be molded, heated, or welded back into their original form.
As we’ve mentioned before, the extent of the repair depends heavily upon the extent of the damages sustained and the type of material the wheel is made of. Repairing wheels requires special tools and skills to carry out custom paintwork, polishing, welding, and other reparative tasks. Finding a shop that is qualified to fix the wheel is a critical first step, as not all shops are able or willing to provide such repairs.
Some wheels may be unable to be fixed, or may be too expensive to fix. For instance, chrome wheels involve a higher level of skill to repair, and often cost more to fix, which is why many drivers with chrome wheels often opt to replace them if they’re substantially damaged. We’ve mentioned a few times that in some cases, wheel repair may not be the right solution to the problem. In many cases, the question you’ll need to answer is: can this be repaired, or should it be replaced? With the help of experts in the field, you’ll be able to determine whether or not your wheel is worth repairing. In certain cases, the cost of a repair can greatly outweigh the cost of a replacement wheel, and in such cases it’s best to have a professional assess the damage first.
Here at Conejo Auto Window Tinting & Detail, we pride ourselves on our honesty and integrity. Residents from all over the areas of Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Simi Valley, and Newbury Park, CA have come to us to repair wheels in varying degrees of damage, and sometimes repairing a wheel simply isn’t the right option. We’re not afraid to be honest with our clients in these cases, as their satisfaction and our reputation means more to us than the discomfort of potentially losing a client. However, our many successful cases of wheel repair are impressive and outstanding, making us one of the most capable shops in the area to tackle difficult repair work. If you’d like to learn more about our wheel repair services, please call one of our helpful professionals today.