When your very attractive alloy wheels suffer damage, it definitely breaks your heart. A curbed, scuffed, or scratched wheel looks disastrous and makes you feel terrible. The best possible option you see is to get them repaired at a certified garage. The professional will charge you with a hefty amount and that may sadden you even more.
But did you know that you could refurbish them at home all by yourself? If you are free and can spare a few hours for this work, you can save some pretty good amount of money. All you need is a little creativity and a few things at your assistance.
For refurbishing the Alloy wheels UK at home, you will need:
Silver wheel paint
A standard quality primer
High Gloss Clear Lacquer
240 & 400 wet and dry sandpaper
Masking tape and paper
It is important that all the above-mentioned products you buy should be of optimum quality. Buying a bad-quality product will ruin your hard work and you may have to re-work on the wheel.
Step 1: Clean it all
This step involves thoroughly cleaning all the damaged area, and also the space around it. A paint thinner will remove all the traces of wax and Silicon from the surface. Try to wipe the affected or damaged area for like 9-10 times. This will ensure that the surface is clean. Remember, cleaner the surface better the paint effect. Also, make sure that you don’t end-up cleaning half the wheel surface. Only the damaged area requires your focus.
Step 2: Mask the wheel and Apply sand and Putty
Before applying the putty, mask the wheel with masking tape. Now using a 240 grit sandpaper, clean the area properly. Now comes the step that involves putty. Apply the putty on the damaged area. The putty dries within minutes, so make sure that you are doing this in direct sunlight. If the putty is cold, it will give a bad output.
After you have applied putty, use the 400 grit sandpaper to level it. Try to wrap the sandpaper around a block of wood. It will ensure a hard surface and give you a smooth finish.
Step 3: Masking
Cover your car completely using a sheet or a newspaper. This will avoid any stain of paint or unnecessary spot on the car body.
Step 4: Primer coating
Take the scratch-filler primer and apply it to the damaged area. Wait for the primer to dry, sand it well. The primer may put some stains on the wheel rim, wipe them immediately.
Step 5: Paint
It is advised that you read all the instructions mentioned in the paint can. These instructions sometimes prove very beneficial and can save you from destroying the whole project.
You would not need to apply too much paint. Just a layer would do.
Step 6: Apply the clear
Apply 2-3 thin coats of clear. Let it dry for 30 minutes and then apply a final polish to bring the glossy effect.
You see, it’s is quite easy to refurbish your OXXO ALLOY WHEELS. The only deal is you buy the correct shade of paint. Since now you got the hack, try it and repair the wheel damage.