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What Is Alloy Wheel Powder Coating?

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

In our previous blog, we looked at alloy wheel refurbishment in more detail. As part of the refurbishment process, an alloy wheel powder coating is applied to the surface of the car’s wheel– but what is and why is it used?

If you are the owner of a car with alloy wheels and are thinking of having them refurbished so that they look their best, it’s likely that you will have come across the term alloy wheel powder coating before. If you’ve ever wondered what it is, in our latest blog post we help you to find out – read on to get yourself up to speed!

What is alloy wheel powder coating?

If your alloy wheels are scratched and showing signs of damage or rust, alloy wheel refurbishment will help to improve their appearance. As part of the process, a professional refurbisher will inspect all scuffs and scratches, strip any existing treatment from the wheels and then take them off your vehicle. After rubbing, filing or sanding down any scuffs or scratches and cleaning the alloy wheels in a blast cabinet, the final stage involves priming them with a powder coat and curing in an oven.

This decorative finish is sprayed on like traditional paint using compressed air and is forced through a nozzle where it brushes past an electrode and gains a positive charge (as the wheel that is to be coated is grounded, it will attract this positive charge). However, rather than settling as a liquid on the surface of the wheel, it will settle dry. During the curing process, the paint will then flow out of the powder coating and cover the surface of the wheel with a gel.

What is alloy wheel powder coating used for?

Alloy wheel powder coating is used as part of the refurbishment process to protect against things like UV damage and light scratches, as well as pollution, moisture, dirt and wash swirls. Not only does it help to provide a harder, more durable finish to the refurbishment work, it will also help if a specialist finish such as glitter is required. It is a great choice if alloy wheels have substantial damage, or if you are also looking to have them re-coloured.

What else do I need to know?

It is also thought that alloy wheel powder coating is more environmentally friendly than using liquid paint, as it doesn’t contain the same solvents and also releases fewer VOC (volatile organic compounds) too. In addition, powder coating is also more cost effective than using a spray paint as the binder and filler parts are not required to be suspended in a liquid form.

At Phoenix Enhancements, we understand how important the appearance of your car is, and when it comes to alloy wheel refurbishment in Bristol and Bath, we’re the experts!

To find out more, give us a call on 0117 971 0789, email pop buy our alloy wheel refurbishment centre in Bristol – we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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