FAQ

(1) Do I need to make an appointment to have my wheel repaired?

No, you can come by our location any time during our business hours to drop off your wheel or vehicle.

(2) Can I leave my car at your shop?

Yes, you can leave your car at our shop no matter if you need one wheel or all four wheels repaired.

(3) If I leave just the wheel, does the tire need to be taken off beforehand?

No, we have all the necessary equipment to remove your tires, put them back on and balance them for you.

(4) How long does it take to fix a wheel?

Normally we have a next day turnaround, meaning you can drop it off one day and pick it up the next.

(5) My damaged wheel is still on my car, can you remove it for me?

Yes, we can remove your damaged wheel from the car and install your spare for you. When the wheel is finished we can put it back on the car and put your spare away for you.

(6) I am not near one of your repair shops, can I ship you my damaged wheel?

Yes, be sure to include your name, return address and phone number. We will call you when we receive your wheel and discuss method of payment at that time.

(7) Do you repair damaged aluminum rims?

Yes, this is what we specialize in – what exactly is the issue you are having? Note: If you bring your wheels to our shop we can let you know right away what is repairable and what is not.

(8) How much does it cost to repair a wheel?

What exactly is wrong with your wheel and what size is it? Pricing starts at $75.00 and can go up to $175.00

(9) My wheel is scratched, it has curb damage (road rash) can you repair this?

Yes, we can cosmetically repair your wheel to look “like new” using factory powder coatings.

(10) Can you match the color of my wheel?

Yes. If there is any problem we will let you know up front but in most cases we can match the existing color of your wheel using a powder coating.

(11) My wheel is polished can you polish wheels?

Yes. See our polishing page on our web site. There are different types of polished wheels.

(12) My wheel is machined (diamond cut) can you match this?

Yes. We own a CNC Lathe that can probe and re-cut your lathed (machined – diamond cut) wheels.

(13) My wheel is bent, do you repair bent (dented) alloy wheels/Rims?

Yes

(14) My wheel is bent on the front (spoke side) can you straighten this?

Yes, so long as the wheel is not cracked or laterally bent. (We will let you know if your wheel is repairable or not when you bring it to the shop)

(15) How long does it take to straighten a bent wheel?

Worst-case scenario is 24 hours, but in most cases we repair the bent wheel same day or while you wait. (Give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you)

Walk me through your straightening process.

We have video’s on our YouTube channel that show us straightening wheels if you are curious to see what it looks like. Basically, the wheel is hooked up to a machine like you would bolt the wheel onto a car. Then we are able to measure and see exactly where the wheel is bent. We then heat the bent area (we have to use heat or the wheel would crack) and use a hydraulic press with shaping tools to massage the wheel back into round. When the wheel is trued out we will remount your tire to make sure there are no leaks and road force balance the assembly (assembly is the tire and the wheel mounted together)

(16) Do you warranty your straightening work?

We guarantee that the wheel will be trued to within .026 (industry specification) of an inch and that it holds air.

(17) What is Road Force balancing?

Road Force Balancing is our way of making certain that a wheel has been trued out to within industry specifications. We can also determine if there are issues with your tire that may also cause you to feel vibration as you drive. See our Road Force Balancing page for more info.

(18) Will your straightening process damage the finish of my wheel?

Yes, but only the area of the wheel that is bent. If your wheel is bent on the inner barrel then this is the area of the wheel that we will fix and we will not have to touch the face (so your wheel will look fine). If your wheel is bent on the spoke side then you may see discoloration. This discoloration is only cosmetic and not structural so you can leave it alone or decide to have it cosmetically refinished (unless the finish is chrome, we do not re-chrome)

(19) Do you Power Coat?

Yes. See our powder coating page on our web site for more information

(20) I want to paint my wheels a new color can you help me out?

Yes. We will not use paint typically but powder coat. Your tire will be taken off the wheel and we will strip the wheel of its old finish. The wheel will be sand blasted and the bare aluminum surface thoroughly cleaned. Curb damage, if any, is removed. The wheel is then coated inside and out (The whole wheel). So if you are changing the wheel to black you will get a whole black wheel back – no more silver on that guy! We will re-mount your tire and road force balance the assembly.

(21) Do I need an appointment?

NO appointment needed

(22) How much does it cost to powder coat my wheels?

Check out the pricing page. It will depend on all that is going on with your wheel (bends, cracks, etc) and the size.

(23) Can you match the color of my factory wheels?

Yes in most cases. If there is an issue I will let you know up front.

(24) Can you match the color of my car?

Yes, but if you really want the “exact” match we will need to special order paint for your project (which will be extra). Otherwise we can try to pick out a close match with powder coat colors.

(25) How long will you need my wheels for if I leave them with you to be powder coated?

Typically about 1 and half days

(26) Will the wheels be perfect?

We do not like to use the word “perfect” because we do not get to start with a new fresh piece of aluminum like they would at the factory. Instead, we have to deal with your wheel, which is damaged. So we prefer “like new” as a good description. What we are trying to do is apply a factory coating and get your wheel as close as possible to look like new. That being said we do have wheels turn out perfect and we see many new factory wheels that are way far less then perfect. In fact, our coating is much more durable than most coatings on new aftermarket wheels. We apply our coatings heavy intending them adhere and to last.

(27) Will your powder coating last forever?

Look, nothing lasts “forever” so I don’t like this word. But with proper care our coating should last for many years. By proper care I mean wash your wheels once every two months. If you let dirt, salt, and brake dust build up on the wheel it will eventually start to eat away at any coating.

(28) Can you refinish aftermarket wheels to look like new?

Yes but in some cases an aftermarket wheel does not lend itself to being refinished exactly like they were at the factory because special jigging is needed. It would not be cost effect for us to spend thousands for a one-time jigging on just one set of wheels. We can let you know what is possible to do when we see the wheels.

(29) Can you re-finish 3-part or 2-piece wheels to look like new?

Yes, but just like an aftermarket wheel sometimes the shape of the wheel does not always allow us to do exactly what was done originally at the factory. This is because the pieces are usually finished separately and then bolted together. When we see your wheels we will let you know what is possible.

(30) Do you disassemble 2-piece and 3-piece wheels?

YES call for price

(31) My wheel is chrome do you repair chrome wheels?

We can straighten a chrome wheel, and re chrome can take 2 weeks.

(32) My wheel is not chrome right now and I would like it to be chrome – do you offer this service?

Yes, check out PVD chrome. Looks just like chrome but with the durability of powder coat. Available to single piece wheels, under 22”, that have are not chrome plated already. (We can not do this process to a chrome

(33) Do you paint wheels?

Yes – certain projects call for traditional auto body urethane coatings. We have high-end HVLP air guns to apply the coatings evenly, thick, and smooth.

(34) Do you powder coat wheels?

Yes – most of the time we are using Powder for coating the wheels.

(35) What is the difference between paint and powder coat?

Paint is sprayed on wet and air-dries. Powder is applied in powder form (the consistency of powdered sugar). The wheel is grounded and the powder is charged so the powder will ground itself to the wheel and stick. The wheel is baked and the powder will melt and bond with the aluminum wheel. Generally speaking – powder coat is much more durable and is what OEM manufacturers use to factory coat wheels.

(36) Are you mobile or do I have to come to you?

You will have to drop off your wheels and/or car with us to have work done.

(37) Do you re-drill bolt / lug holes to change the bolt pattern?

No and I do not know where to have this done nor would I recommend doing this. Look into wheel adapters instead. H-R comes to mind.