Ceramic Ball Polishing
Ceramic Polishing is a time intensive process with multiple stages to achieve the absolute highest quality results. Before the wheel gets near the polishing machines we need to totally strip it of any paint, lacquer and dirt back to bare aluminium and make sure that it is 100% clean. Then, by hand, we prepare the wheel, removing blemishes and rubbing down the entire surface.
About the finish
The wheels are passed through varying levels of ceramic media which both prepare and subsequently polish surfaces to extremely high specifications.
The first and second stages level out the roughness of the metal, achieving an extremely smooth base for polishing by opening up the pores of the metal. Finally, the wheel is polished to a very high finish which fully enhances and exentuates the design of the wheel.
Ceramic Ball Polishing - The Refurbishment Process
Removing the wheels from a vehicle
If we have the car on site it will be parked within our
secure premises for the duration of the repair. The other option is
that spare wheels are temporally fitted so that the car can stay on the
Removing the tyres, weights & valves
The tyres are removed from the wheels and marked for precision & rotation, and tagged with the customer’s name. (If we spot unsafe tyres we will draw this to your attention. We reserve the right to refuse to refit tyres which are deemed to be unsafe.We then remove all balance weights, valves & sensors (if required).
Stripping previous paintwork, grime & dirt
The wheel is then dipped in a special chemical solution
to strip away the existing finish and break all dust. After a few
hours , the entire wheel is fully stripped back to bare aluminium.
Shot blasting - further cleaning of the wheel
The wheel is then sandblasted in a special blasting
cabinet for more cleaning, corrosion removal and this also prepares the
Once the wheel is fully cleaned it is much easier to
see if there are any cracks or structural damage. The wheels are then
tested on a balancing machine to check for any bends or buckles. At this
stage , we will notify you if there is any damage to the wheel deemed
to be dangerous, and advise if the wheel can be repaired and if any
extra repair cost is involved.
Structural repairs - straightening, welding (if required)
We have advanced techniques in the straightening of
bent, buckled, dented or cracked alloy wheels. The refurbishment is not
always necessary when straightening the wheel. If the damage is only
small and on the inside of the rim, then we can repair just that area
rather than the full refurbishment.
Preparing kerbed surface for polishing
The next step is selective machining to remove all kerb
damage from the surface of the wheel (if the damage is very deep it can
be filled with aluminium and welded to return it to its original shape.
The wheel is than placed in a special polishing machine
this process can take from few hours to few days this depends on how
good or bad is the alloy wheel surface.
Applying powder coat lacquer
A final clear coat is applied to protect the surface from the corrosion.
Tyre fitting & balancing
Once the wheel is repaired we fit new rubber valves (if the wheels had metal valves or sensors these are re-fitted as before).
The tyre is then refitted to the wheel and balanced using weights stuck to the inside of the wheel.
Fitting wheels to the car
The wheels are fitted to the car and final checks are carried out including tyre pressure and wheel bolt torque and tightening.
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