West Midlands Alloy Wheel Repairs


West Midlands Alloy Wheel Repair

At Lepsons one of our core skills is West Midlands alloy wheel repair. As part of the West Midlands refurbishment process, we often have to repair a wheel to ensure that the final result looks fantastic. This means that over the years we have developed a great deal of experience in just what is possible when it comes to dealing with problems with alloy wheels. A crucial component of the process is determining what can be safely repaired. Our technicians inspect each wheel and will let you know what is possible. We will not repair a wheel where the result will be unsafe for day-to-day use on the road even if the wheel looks OK on the surface. The different types of wheel damage that we can repair are:

  • Straightening alloy wheels – We can straighten alloy wheels which are not running true as a result of minor knocks
  • Curbed/Kerbed and scuffed wheels – Generally these wheels will have more surface damage than a wheel requiring straightening. Depending on the extent of the damage we will either weld or fill the damaged area and then polish or machine the surface using one of our lathes so that a perfect finish is achieved
  • Buckled, bent and cracked wheels – Wheels with these sorts of damage are often repairable and may require more detailed attention to deal with the damage
  • Pothole damage repair – We are seeing (and repairing) an increasing number of wheels damaged by encounters with potholes, once again the majority can be repaired as long as the result is safe
  • Corroded wheels – If a wheel has experienced lots of corrosion then it first goes through our chemical wheel stripping process to remove any existing dirt, corrosion and paint/lacquer to get to bare metal. A similar process is then followed as with damaged wheels, but there are limits to the degree of corrosion that can be repaired and our technicians will discuss this with you once they have had sight of the wheel.
  • Split rim wheel repair – People are choosing split rim wheels for their cars in increasing numbers nowadays. We refurbish hundreds of these types of wheels each week. Split rims are more complicated to repair and our technicians have extensive experience in dealing with these types of wheels.
There are plenty of examples in our Wheel Showcase section showing the finished result after we have transformed damaged wheels on a number of West Midlands cars. An example of a specific repair is shown below (more can be seen in the Before & After Photos section). before_after_set1_before_S before_after_set1_after_S


How We Produce Stunning Wheels

The Lepsons full factory ‘back to bare metal’ refurbishment involves a six stage process:

Stage One: Pre-refurbishment inspection and preparation

  • If tyres are fitted they are inspected for wear or damage prior to being marked up with the customer identification (and positioning on car if present).
  • The tyre is then removed from the wheel together with weights and valve.

Stage Two: Stripping the wheel back to bare metal

  • The alloy wheel is placed in a chemical solution (unlike some refurbishers we do not use acid which is more aggressive and less environmentally friendly) for several hours to remove all the old paint, lacquer and any accumulated deposits.  We do this to provide an excellent key for the subsequent paint and lacquer processes.
  • It is then thoroughly washed to remove all chemical deposits and dirt.
  • Any repairs requiring welding to restore the surface of the rim, repair a crack in the alloy or straightening of buckled wheel is undertaken at this stage having received customer authorisation.
  • The wheel is then low pressure bead or acqua blasted to create the best possible surface condition in preparation for the painting process.

Stage Three: Priming the wheel

  • The wheel is placed on a conveyor system that passes through an oven to remove any trapped air before moving into a spray booth for an application of powder coating primer.
  • It then goes through a second oven to be baked to ensure curing has been completed.
  • A quality check is performed before proceeding any further with the refurbishment process.

Stage Four: Applying the paint and lacquer

  • The wheel is again pre-heated to an optimum temperature before entering a sealed booth via a conveyor system.
  • The wheel is then professionally spray painted.
  • Immediately after being painted a lacquer is applied to the face and inside (powder lacquers are highly durable) to protect the wheel from salt, brake dust and the elements generally
  • The wheel then returns to the oven and once it has cooled a final inspection is performed.

Stage Five: Quality Control

  • Each wheel is carefully inspected to ensure that the finish is as close as possible to the original factory finish of a new wheel (assuming no underlying flaws in the quality of the wheel we started with) and matches the best industry standards set by Lepsons.
  • We don’t let a wheel leave the factory unless we feel that it is 100% ready to go back to the customer.

Stage Six: Refitting and balancing (wheels with tyres only)

  • The wheel is matched up to the customer’s tyre
  • A new rubber valve is inserted, except where there is a sensor or metal valve which is re-used (where possible) and the tyre is put back on.
  • The wheel and tyre is balanced, using stick-on weights to the inside of the wheel.
  • For those customers using our ‘leave your car onsite’ facility the refurbished alloy wheel(s) is put back onto the car and the wheel nuts torqued.

We assess every wheel that we receive at the factory and use our 20+ years trading experience to determine the most appropriate process that each wheel will go through to achieve the best finish we can for our customers, depending on the wheel’s age, condition, type of alloy, and the degree of any damage that may be present.

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