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We are able to Refurbish Chrome Wheels but not to the same quality which we can restore normal painted, polished or diamond cut wheels to. This is because a common problem with Chrome Alloy Wheels is Pitting. This is when small holes start to form on the surface of the Chrome. It is not possible to weld Chrome onto Chrome (like Aluminium Welding) otherwise the problem of the pitting could easily be fixed in the same way, we repair bad corrosion on normal Painted Alloy Wheels.

Audi Q7. 22'' Chrome Dish Damaged needs to be Removed. The Wheel Medics London
Chrysler Chrome Alloy- After Full Refurbishment. The Wheel Medics London

Pitting is caused by Acid in Rain, Alloy Wheel cleaners and by the normal effects of the bad weather causing corrosion on all types of wheels. Chrome Wheels have Aluminium underneath the layers of Chrome. When the wheels are being produced they are put into a Chrome Bath or vat which allows the Chrome to attach itself the Alloy. The wheel is attached to a anode which charges the wheel whilst in a solution, which has molecules in it, which coat the wheel, in thin layers.

The Process is repeated as first the aluminium wheels surface must be coated with a base metal such as copper and then nickel before the Chromium is applied. Many layers of Chrome are applied onto the Alloy. Chrome is a very hard substance and is the strongest material out of all the Alloy jobs we deal with.

Chrome can be Cleaned, Re-Polished and buffed, but if the damage is really deep, sometimes you see a brass colour underneath showing through. This is the colour of the base metal they use to attach the Chrome to.  Most Scratch’s can be repaired, but the main problem when it comes to repairing Chrome Alloy Wheels, are the holes formed (Pitting) on the surface of the Chrome caused by corrosion.

If the pitting is very severe and the wheels are really important to you then Re-chroming the wheels could be the only option, but it works out very expensive and time consuming. Another option is to re-spray the wheels and change of colour of them completely.


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Scope Of Work

All Alloy Wheels Repaired and Fully Refurbished by The Wheel Medics are Acid dipped, Sandblasted, and then Powder Coated, Diamond Cut or Polished if necessary. New valves are supplied free of charge and a free tyre change is also available if necessary. All Alloy Wheels are also FULLY examined to check if Alloy Wheel Straightening or Alloy Wheel Welding is required in any way.

If you have damaged your Alloy Wheels, don’t worry, the Majority of Bent, Buckled & Cracked Alloys can be repaired by our skilled and experienced staff. Just give us a call or send us a picture.

The Wheel Medics London offer a wide range of Full Car Restoration and Customisation Services, from the Car Exterior and Alloy Wheels to the Full Cars Interior. We can advise and help our customers with almost everything to do with their Car Restoration or Modification projects.

We only use the best high quality materials and products when carrying out our work leaving a perfect finish meaning our customers always come back knowing they will have an excellent job done at very competitive prices.

We believe in using the right process for the job and not just a quick smart repair, which often doesn’t last long at all. So if you are looking for a high quality finish you’ve come to the right place. Just take a look at out Gallery images to see what’s possible.

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Alpina's- Fully Repaired & Refubished. Centre & Lip in Smoked Chrome. The Wheel Medics London
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