Restoring wheel rims is a huge problem that few people have the time and energy to actually partake in. It can be a bit time consuming to perform in the beginning, but once you are well versed in it, becomes more painless in the future. Auto detailers are able to provide certain types of restoration to make wheel rims look like they were just pressed in a factory. Regardless of who is behind the wheel (pun intended) of fixing them, there are some tips to keep in mind:
“Smoothing the wheel rims is one of the most rushed tasks people typically take, however it is one of the most important components, as if not done to perfection, from this point on primer and paint will pick up and highlight every mistake you overlook”
Setup And Sanitize
It is wise to wash your hands between each step of the process, as chemicals and debris from the rims themselves can irritate your skin. Additionally, having more than one microfiber towel handy is prudent. The reason having multiple as opposed to one is if a towel is covered in dirt, you obviously do not want to place it back on the same area you are trying to restore.
If you are serious about getting wheel rims to once again look in pristine condition, they need to be removed from the vehicle so they can get the attention they deserve. This will help with more reasons than just cleaning them better, as you will find out. Placing them each on a flat cardboard box will suffice.
Smooth Is Ideal
Sanding with ‘rough’ rubs is for a multitude of reasons: to clean the surface of unwanted debris that has accumulated along the way, and to rid it of unwanted paint. Smoothing the wheel rims is one of the most rushed tasks people typically take, however it is one of the most important components, as if not done to perfection, from this point on primer and paint will pick up and highlight every mistake you overlook.
Prime For Paint
It is now that BOTH sides of the rim should be primed by spraying it evenly. Sway the mist liberally on one side, and after it has dried, flip it to take care of the other. Using more than one coat of primer is acceptable if you are dealing with a stubborn rim that will not ‘take’ so easily.
Paint With A System
Once your primer is ready, the paint you want on your rim can be put on, being mindful of the fact you may need painter’s tape to close off areas you do not want the paint to spread. When the paint has dried as well, a clear coat should be used to hold the properties of the chemicals in and guarantee it will shine with a polish.
If you have done everything meticulously, a thorough wipe with a microfiber towel should render your restoration complete. To truly make your ride appear brand new, use a tire cleaner to accentuate the work you have just done to your rims. Restoration of wheel rims is not easy, and especially in the paint steps, it would behoove you to inquire about auto detailing experts to see what level of restoration they can provide for your wheel rims.