Should You Repair Your Car’s Wheels Yourself?

There are times when you should and should not attempt car wheel repair yourself.

In this guide, will show you when you should and how to safely go about it.

Any wheel repair kit you buy off the shelf should have all of the appropriate materials that you need. A typical repair kit will consist of sandpapers, fillers and paints.

A note of caution though. Home repairs kits are not going to be able to cater to extensive wheel damage. If you have wheels with extensive damage then you’ll have had your wheels repaired by a professional workshop,

Home repair kits are ideal for wheels that have minor scratches to them. Another thing to note is that the finish you achieve with a DIY kit will not look as good as that done by a professional.

How do home wheel repair kits work?

In simple terms, the kit will allow you to fill in any scratches or light damage and then to finish of the wheel with lacquer and paint so you can repaint the surface.

Most kits come as standard with:

  • Fillers and primers
  • Paint
  • Various grains of sandpaper
  • Lacquer
  • Protective gloves
  • Brushes and other application tools

One of the biggest mistakes car owners make when purchasing a repair kit is not spending the time and putting in the due diligence to find the right matching colour for their wheels. So you must take the time to get the correct colour match for your repair work to look good.

Any repair kit that you buy off the shelf will have appropriate instructions on how to go about repairing your car’s wheels. These instructions will cover the preparation and paint drying times.

Preparing Your Wheels For Repair

The first step is to give your wheels a thorough cleaning. Use a good washing up liquid to help you get rid of any dirt and grease residue that may be present from brake pads etc. Once that is done, take the appropriate sandpaper as per your instructions and rub down any areas that are rough to touch and are sticking out.

After you have rubbed down your wheel with sandpaper, be sure to clean away any dust that has been generated. If you’ve used a damp cloth, ensure the wheel is dry before doing any more rubbing down.

You will most likely find that you have scratches, small dents and other damaged areas. If that’s the case, take your filler from your kit and mix it up if required following the instructions.

Take your time to ensure that your filler is flush with the rest of the wheel’s surface. Some kits will come with spray fillers. If you have a spray filler then you will want to build up the layers one at a time.

Allow the appropriate time for your filler to dry before you continue. Once you dry you can use a piece of fine sandpaper to ensure your filled area is flush with the rest of the wheel and is not sticking out.

It is really important to spend time masking the surrounding area so that you won’t get any unwanted paint around it. The final finish will be dictated by the precision of your masking, so take your time! 

Start to apply the paint to your wheels in thin layers. In most cases, you will need to wait for one coat to dry before applying the next.

Once you have applied the final coat of paint and allowed it to dry, you will need to seal the wheel and apply a protective layer.

The lacquer will most likely be in spray form. The key with spray paint or lacquer is to ensure that you’re applying the paint as a mist. Doing it this way will stop any paint runs that will ruin the look of your repair work!

Allow the lacquer to dry and then you are good to go!

Hope this information was useful and if you have any other questions regarding having us take a look at your wheels, then please contact us.

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