WE CAN REPAIR YOUR WHEELS
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Most wheel repair or restoration shops try to return the wheel to the original “look”, by using body fillers such as Bondo to fill in curb scrapes, scratches or dents in the aluminum. They are then painted over trying to give the wheel the original alloy look. With the body filler the results may be unsatisfactory leading to even further repair costs. Often times shops will simply try to pound out of round wheels into shape with nothing more than a lead hammer. It’s just all wrong!
We at CalChrome will repair the wheel using proper techniques and machinery with precision force, which will allow the wheel to return to its original shape with much less strain on the rest of the wheel.
Is my wheel bent or out-of-round?
Whether you have sent your wheels in to be chromed, or you are sending your original wheels back from a chrome exchange, we are going to check every wheel for trueness upon arrival at our facility. At that time we may find that the wheels coming off of your vehicle are out of round. This may or may not have been something that you felt during use of your vehicle, but it is something that must be addressed before any finish work is applied.
Hazards that may cause this out of round condition can be virtually anything from potholes, road construction, railroad tracks etc., and may be made worse on vehicles equipped with lower profile tires. Out of round conditions affect the back side of the wheel, with todays highly offset wheels designs, the back barrel section of the wheel is unsupported. With vehicle manufacturers increasing the wheel size to 19s, 20s, and 21s, and decreasing the tire sidewall, this type of damage becoming more prevalent.
Why should CalChrome Tire and Wheel Repair my Wheel?
At CalChrome Wheels and Tires, our repair techniques all center around the assumption that the wheel will eventually be Chrome Plated or Fusion Powder Coated. This means that we repair your wheel the correct way, by reshaping the metals, welding in new aluminum where required, and shaping and polishing the metals back to their original shape.
While body fillers may work on a wheel that is going to be painted, a proper repair is absolutely required when a wheel is to be Chrome Plated, Black Chromed or Fusion Coated, as these finishes are applied to the wheel via electric current. Obviously electric current does not flow through a body filler.
The wheels are measured with an indicator dial, then heated and pressed. Once the wheel has been straightened to within OEM specifications, and passes a visual inspection for any facial repairs, the wheel is ready to begin the Chroming, Fusion Coating, or Black Chroming process.
How much do alloy wheel repairs cost?
Wheel repairs are a labor-intensive service. Depending on what is wrong,the timing required to repair a wheel can vary. This time required to straighten and true one wheel may take half or twice the time it takes on another.
Beyond the visual damage, static and dynamic lateral runout is also checked to make sure the wheels run true. Because of all the different possibilities, it is our best effort to estimate by telephone. Once the wheel arrives here we are better able to determine the time involved in the repair.