The most fascinating part of a car is its wheels. They keep the car in motion. The whole weight of the car is evenly distributed on these wheels. They get the dirtiest at times but when you have washed them and shined them, they would make any car look awesome. Alloy wheels are most popularly used today. There is a wide range of alloy wheels in all sizes for cars. The reason for their popularity is because they offer performance advantages as compared to steel wheels. As a matter of fact, a specific aluminum/nickel alloy is light weighted than steel, gives a much better acceleration and agile performance.
Apart from performance the other factor that makes them a favorite is the look they give to cars. Alloy wheels can be polished & painted to give them a chic finish. A new set of alloy wheels will remain new for a period of time of at least a year. If you are the owner of a single car and like to drive to ever place you visit, then you may want to use wheel refurbishment services. This way your car will continue to look new and you do not need to spend your hard earned money on new wheels.
The alloy wheels can be categorized in the following ways: –
• PAINTED ALLOY WHEELS
• POLISHED ALLOY WHEELS
• DIAMOND CUT ALLOY WHEELS
Painted: This is the most common type of painted alloy wheels. These are either coated with wet painted or powder coated. After this, the wheels are given a coat of lacquer by using a spray gun. This acts as a protective covering for the paint and also gives the wheel its shine.
Further categorization of alloy wheels is as below:
i. Fine Silver & Coarse Silver
ii. Shadow silver, high powered silver & Anthracite
The first category depends upon the metallic look of the paint. Fine silver has less sparkle than the coarse silver. The coarse silver is used by car crazy people. They love to show off their wheels of their cars. The shadow silver and high powered silver look like chrome spray paint reflecting as much from the wheel as possible.
Since these wheels make use of paints, they are easy and much cheaper to refurbish. At any time the paint wears off, you can get a fresh refurbishment of the paint or repair parts of the wheel.
Polished: These have only a polished rim and another class of polished alloy wheels that have the whole face painted. Like all new wheels even they look good as long as they are new. Since the remaining part of the wheel does not have a coat of paint over it, there are more chances of the wheel losing the extra layer of paint in a very short period of time. So, you will have to take a lot of care while driving. Lending the car to a clumsy driver friend may not do well to these little babies. If refurbishment of the wheels is prolonged then there may be a requirement to change the whole set. As the small damage may lead to pitting this is a known and difficult problem to eradicate.
Refurbishing polished alloy wheels is not very expensive as a very small area of the wheels requires repainting and polishing.
Diamond cut: These are very similar to polished wheels and have only one protective layer of polish. A difference is in the look. It is very similar to that of a CD. These are the marks left on the wheels after they have been cut with a diamond cutting tool. Hence they have this name. Since there is only one protective covering, they have the same drawback as that of the polished wheels. These can be damaged very quickly. Refurbishing this wheel can be expensive and in cases it is double that of refurbishing painted wheels. Refurbishment of diamond cut alloy wheels can be done only a limited number of times as each time the metal alloy is re-cut and the metal gets thinner.