How long does it take?
On average a wheel takes up to 2 hours to refurbish - so a full set of wheels is generally a full day's work. We do not do touch ups, blow ins or any kind of patching jobs - we do a 'proper job' which involves hand machining away all damage and all corrosion from the full face of the wheel (and inner rim if there are corrosion issues there) before prepping the full face of the wheel for the various layers of primer, paints and lacquer. We never carry out refurbishment work on a wheel while it is still on the vehicle - wheels are always removed and the work is carried out in our fully equiped van.
With buckled wheels it does really depend on the wheel itself and the location and damage we are dealing with - some can be straightened within an hour or so, some can take a few hours of work to get straightened out again.
Welding currently cannot be done on a mobile basis - cracked wheels need to come to us in Crieff for attention in the workshop. We can normally turn these around within 24 hours from the wheel being dropped off to us (provided we know it's coming!).
Locking wheel nuts can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to remove - it depends on how well they behave!
Can I use the vehicle straight away afterwards?
Yes - with all our services. Once the wheels are back on the car, the vehicle is ready to go. We advise not to wash the wheels for 48 hours after refurbishment work to allow the finish to fully harden and cure.
Are you fully insured?
Yes, we have specialist insurance for moving vehicles and carrying out our work on them (both for the mobile service as well as at our base in Crieff) as well as full public liability insurance.
Do you rebalance the wheels afterwards?
Our refurbishment service does not normally require us to remove the tyre - it is simply pushed back from the rim while the wheel is being worked on (it is fully masked off so it is not contaminated with paint etc), and then reinflated afterwards so no rebalancing needs to take place.
In some refurbishment cases however it is necessary to remove the tyre e.g. to deal with inner rim corrosion issues properly - and we remove the tyres from the majority of buckled wheels before straightening these as well as from all cracked wheels before welding - whatever the reason we've had to remove a tyre, we will always refit and rebalance the tyre free of charge for you.
How do I know if my wheels are painted or polished?
If your wheels are coloured anything other than silver - then they are not polished! If your wheels are a silver colour however it can sometimes be very hard to tell as many newer paint finishes are designed to look like polished metal. If your wheels are machine polished/diamond cut they are likely to have very faint lines on the polished surfaces. Hand polished wheels however will have no lines on them. Painted silver alloy wheels may have a metallic sparkle finish - and can be fine or heavy on the sparkle content - but they may not.
If you have any chips or scuffs on a painted wheel you may be able to see the different layers of paint in the sides of the chip.
If your wheels look like they've got a 'white worm' burrowing underneath the lacquer - they're polished/diamond cut.
If you are in doubt send us photos and we'll have a look for you.
Can you refurbish diamond cut polished wheels to their original condition?
Not to an original diamond cut finish - no. However we can refurbish these wheels with a fully painted finish which will give a much longer lasting and durable finish - and one which does not suffer from the 'white worm' corrosion issue that diamond cut finishes suffer from.
Do you powder coat wheels?
No, we do not - ours is a wet paint process. We believe this process is a far safer and superior one to powder coating....
- all damage and/or corrosion is removed before painting takes place
- the paints and lacquers we use are specially designed for use on alloy wheels and so will flex and move with the wheel and will not affect the dissipation of heat through the wheel
- there is no possibility of affecting the integrity and strength of the wheel with our process therefore there is no risk that your wheels with either become very brittle or very soft with the paint process
Do you come to me or do I come to you?
Our fully equiped van allows us to carry out the majority of our services at whatever location is most convenient for you - at home, work, family/friends house etc - provided the location is one which is safe to jack up your vehicle to remove the wheel(s), where there is space for our van close to your vehicle and there is access to power points. We carry 20m long extension cables so provided these do not cross over a vehicular thoroughfare that is fine.
You also have the option of bringing your vehicle to us in Crieff if that is more convenient for you - we are insured to work on your vehicle at either your location or at our own premises.
All cracked wheels need to come to us in Crieff for welding - this cannot be done on a mobile basis.
Locking wheel nuts can be removed at any location provided it is a safe working area (and we are happy we are providing the service to the car's owner!) - we do not need power etc for this service.
I am losing air pressure - can you fix this?
If the problem is relating to your wheel rather than your tyre, then usually yes! We'd advise checking your tyre first to eliminate this as the source of the problem. If the tyre is not the issue, then it could be corrosion, buckling or a crack that is causing the air to leak out.
Can you come to look at my wheels and give me a quote?
Because we cover such a large area unfortunately it is not normally feesible for us to travel to you to simply have a look and see. We ask that you send us some pictures of your wheels either via this website, direct to our email address or by text to our mobile number - we can usually see enough from these to accurately quote you. Alternatively you are welcome to bring your vehicle/wheel(s) to us in Crieff where we're happy to have a look and supply you with a quote.