Rim Repair & Wheel Refinishing in Kitchener-Waterloo
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When to Refinish Wheels
Are your wheel rims looking scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged? From potholes and curbs to road salt and abrasive cleansers, your car’s wheels are under constant attack. It is inevitable that over time, your wheel rims are going to become damaged.
So what are your options? You can choose to limp along with damaged rims and run the risk of popping your tires, you can buy expensive new rims, or you can get your existing wheel rims repaired or refinished.
At Logel’s Auto Parts, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers save money on their vehicles. That’s why we are proud to offer our customers professional wheel refinishing services, in addition to a wide selection of used rims for various vehicle makes and models.
Our Rim Repair & Wheel Refinishing Services
Our repaired and refinished wheels are of equal quality to new wheels, but available at a fraction of the cost. We adhere to the highest standard in refinishing quality, using the latest computer-driven lathe refinishing equipment. This technology allows us to make your wheels look like new within a 24-48 hour turnaround time.
As part of the wheel refinishing process, your wheel rims will be sandblasted to clear away paint, dirt, and other materials. When the rims are clear of surface imperfections, our team will use powder coating to finish the wheels. Our rim repair and wheel refinishing process is quick, effective, and affordable.
Aluminium Alloy Wheel Repair
Aluminium wheels or alloy wheels are cast from a mixture of aluminium and other metals to provide a lighter wheel with the same strength as steel wheels. Aluminium alloy wheels have the advantage of being more corrosion-resistant, more heat conductive, and more aesthetically pleasing than other types of wheels.
Steel Wheel Rim Repair
Steel wheels offer better protection than aluminium alloy wheels and are usually put for the winter to protect the car from calcium, gravel, road salt, and other abrasives. One of the advantages of using a set of steel wheels in the winter is that it reduced the wear and tear on your tires, as you remount them each season. Steel wheels also tend to be more affordable than aluminium alloy wheels.
Choose Your Wheel Finish
If you’re looking for a way to make your vehicle stand out, we are proud to offer custom colour and finish changes for rims. When it comes to finishing, there are a number of options available for your vehicle.
But before you choose your finish, it’s important to consider what you need from your rims. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you refinishing your wheels so that your car will look nice?
- Do you need added protection from scratching, chipping, or winter driving?
- How much are you willing to spend on refinishing?
Once you have a clear idea of what you are looking for, you will have a better sense of the type of refinishing that is the best fit for your needs and your budget. Here are some of the refinishing options available:
A powder finish is applied over a black base coat to give wheels a deep metallic colour. This coating is good at protecting rims from dust, scratches, and chipping, and it helps ensure that the wheel colour won’t fade.
If rims have mild surface blemishes or peeling, then a machine finish can be used to remove an extremely thin layer from the surface. This will leave a smooth and shiny surface, although it doesn’t have some of the added protection that other coatings have.
There are so many different ways wheels can be polished. For example, it can be done by using a machine or by hand, with a chemical product or without a chemical product. Some machines are automated, some are handheld, and some use a vibration technique with small plastic and/or ceramic beads. Talk to our team to see what we have available.
Did you know that your rims can also be painted? Painting is an easy way to give your rims a facelift and add a custom element to your vehicle. However, paint is not as protective as some other finishes. Ask our team to learn more about the type and quality of paints available.
Chrome plating is a popular choice because it is good-looking and durable. Chrome rims are typically plated with layers of nickel and bronze and then finished with chrome. The added metal makes this option heavier than others, so it can be a pricey finishing option.
The Advantages of Rim Repair & Wheel Refinishing
Replacing your old, damaged rims with brand new ones can be a prime example of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Just because your rims are damaged, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still useful or valuable.
Rim repairs and wheel refinishing can breathe life into your dull, tired wheels for a fraction of the cost of replacing them entirely. To help you understand why wheel refinishing is a solid choice for car owners, here is a long list of benefits and solid reasons to use wheel refinishing for your car:
One of the best reasons to repair and refinish your rims is that it costs much less than replacing your wheel rims entirely.
The better you care for your car, the better it will maintain its value. Wheel refinishing builds value as it shows the care you’ve put into your car.
Your rims are one of the car’s most visible features, so these small details can have a huge impact on the impression you make with dealers or potential buyers. If everything on your car is properly maintained and in good condition, it gives your car better resale value when the time comes to sell.
Whether from everyday wear and tear or salt corrosion, rims will lose their lustre over time, especially with the climate in Ontario. If you like to put effort into maintaining the appearance of your vehicle and you want to keep your rims shiny, then refinishing is a great option.
After refinishing, your rims will be so polished that they’ll be shinier than when you first bought your car! It will also help protect them from future corrosion.
Wheel rim refinishing is a great way to prolong the lifespan of your wheels. The harsh weather in Ontario can wear the finish of your rims, but it can also cause the wheel itself to corrode and rust over time.
The winters in Ontario are extremely hard on wheels, due to corrosive road salts, gravel, and other wear and tear. Wheel repair and refinishing will replace the finish that has been damaged over the winter, ensuring that your wheels are protected over the long-term.
Car wheels get build-up on them year-round. Many people simply remove this with abrasive-free washing, but sometimes the build-up is more than you can deal with or it will damage the finish. In these cases, rim repairs can be a good solution.
The turnaround time with rim repairs and wheel refinishing is very quick, with most of our jobs being done in 24-48 hours. At Logel’s, our team uses precision computer technology to deliver high-quality work and ensure a perfect refinishing every time.
We stress-test all our refinished wheel rims to ensure that they are as safe as the day they rolled off the assembly line, including a rotary-fatigue test, a radial-fatigue test, and an impact test.
Frequently Asked Questions on Rim Repair & Wheel Refinishing
It’s important to understand how your wheels can get damaged in the first place. Since our wheels are so close to the road, there are a number of ways that they can accumulate damage over their lifetime.
The most common cause of wheel damage is curb checking. When you pull up to a curb on the street, like a parking space, your wheel can rub against the curb causing scratches and dents, if you get too close.
Another common cause of wheel damage is road salt during the winter. Aluminum wheels can become especially corroded and will lose their shine over time.
While some people may think that rim repair is a seasonal occurrence, the truth is that it’s an all-season business. Spring tends to be the busiest time of year for refinishing and other types of winter repairs, since many people will bring their cars out of the garage in the spring.
That being said, spring is not the only time for wheel repairs. At Logel’s, the refinishing products that we use are the highest-quality, which means they last a long time. Although winter slush, ice, and road salts will damage your rim’s finish in the long-term, there is little difference between getting your wheel refinished in the spring or six months later.
Your wheels will be exposed to damage at some point. Whatever time is convenient for you is a good time to get your wheels repaired.
At Logel’s, we have a specific process for rim repair and wheel refinishing. Before we start the refinishing process, we will remove the wheels and check them for safety. Your tires are removed and then we will sandblast them to clear away all the old paint, dirt, and other materials — or use a stronger chemical stripping if necessary.
Once the rims are cleaned, we will fill any surface imperfections to prep them for finishing. Finally, we complete the refinishing process with a powder-coat finish that truly makes them shine. Once this is done, we’ll put the wheels back on your car and you’re ready to drive away. Our wheel repair and refinishing process is quick, effective, and affordable.
If you’re interested in rim repair and wheel refinishing to restore the beauty and function of your wheels, then we can help. At Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener-Waterloo, we have all the equipment and technology necessary to get the job done right, every time.