REFURBISHMENT VS SMART REPAIR

 

Alloy Wheel Refurbishment UK performs a full process refurbishment (see our process page) to bring your wheels back to life. This means a strict process is followed to ensure quality is maintained to the highest standards possible to get as “New “finish as possible. This is also known as an OEM process (replicates the process when the wheels are first manufactured, in other words remanufactured accordingly*) and performed by highly skilled Technicians using the latest equipment in controlled environments.


This full OEM process is not to be confused with a localised repair known as a SMART repair, SMART repair is more convenient and quick but only the face of the wheel is repaired locally without the full benefits of an OEM process.


Alloy Wheel Refurbishment UK also only repair your wheels using very high quality Water-Bourne paints and powders of automotive grade, once again not to be confused with industrial grade powders. Less expensive alternativewheel repair companies or trade powder coaters may not follow strict quality control, processes or utilise automotive grade products and will usually have a shorter life span than a fully quality controlled factory process like Alloy Wheel Refurbishment UK.

Please see below table highlighting the benefits of the Alloy Wheel Refurbishment UK process and where your money is spent:-
AWRUK Process SMART Repair Less Expensive Alternatives
Tyre is removed YES NO (only bead is broken) YES
Tyre Depth and Damage Checked YES NO NO
Wheels Checked for Cracks and/or Buckles YES NO NO
Chemical Stripping YES NO SOMETIMES (Usually Outsourced)
Wheel Washed and Treated YES NO YES (Washed but not Treated)
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Thorough Preparation YES NO NO
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Powder Coating Primer YES NO SINGLE COAT
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Water Bourne Basecoat YES YES NO
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Diamond Cut Process where applicable YES NO NO
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Powder Lacquer Application YES NO (Wet Lacquer only) NO (Usually Single Coat)
Quality Control Check and Documented YES NO NO
Final Quality Control Check and Signed by Process Manager YES NO NO
Tyre Refit and Balance YES NO NO
12 Month Guarantee* YES NO NO

**OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer