Over time even the best of wheels are going to wear out, corrode and become unsightly. That is why most vehicles come with protective coverings over top of them. Eventually the wheels are going to suffer from corrosion and wear, even with that additional protection.
It’s just the way of nature, and it’s something that you will have to fight back against if you want the full lifespan out of those rolling beauties. To make sure that you get the most life out of your wheels, have them protectively coated as soon as they begin suffering from corrosion.
Look for Signs of Corrosion
There is no reason to coat wheels that are doing fine holding off the weather. That’s why it is up to you to check on the wheels once every few months to look for any signs of corrosion. This could be chipping, and spots of orange forming around the edges of the wheel.
You will notice small patches of corrosion first, and eventually they will spread while getting deeper into the wheel. You want to have them removed and the wheel treated before the rust has a chance to spread very far. If you remember to check them regularly you should have no trouble protecting them before there is an issue at all.
Sandblast the Wheels Down
There are plenty of ways to remove rust, but the best is a sandblaster. Sandblasters beat out grinders, wire wheels and all the other common tools that refinishers use. So if you were thinking of removing the rust the old-fashioned way, forget about it. Hire a company to sandblast those wheels down for you. You will end up with a beautiful finish that you are proud of, and they will be ready to be protectively coated as well.
Sandblasting is dangerous for you to attempt on your own, even if you can obtain a setup to do so very affordably. That’s why you should always pay someone else to take care of the task for you, so you don’t have to worry about breathing in the dust and debris that’s released into the air during sandblasting. The last thing you want to do is breathe in the silica released during sandblasting, or you risk getting silicosis.
Have them Protectively Coated
Once the wheels are all cleaned off and they look shiny and now it’s time to protect them against future corrosion. Make sure to apply protection as soon as possible because they will suffer surface oxidation very shortly after being treated. There are a few different ways to protect wheels, but the two
Get them Back in Use!
Now you’ve gone through all the trouble of having your wheels refinished and they look amazing. It’s time to slap them back on your vehicle and show them off to the world. With your new coating you won’t’ have to worry too much about corrosion or weathering for years to come, and you will have the same reliable wheels that you’ve been using all along. The best part is that you don’t have to spend the money to get a whole new set, which would undoubtedly be more expensive, and those old wheels have sentimental value right?
Just make sure that you deal with a professional when you have your wheels refinished, and you’ll get more life out of them while giving them a cool custom look in the process.
Sandblasting is a delicate process that must be done carefully to keep everyone involved safe, and to get you the results that you want, but a good expert should be used for the painting or powder coating that needs to be done after to make sure that you get the results you are truly after.