Wheel refinishing question...
Thomas Donohue last edited by
What's the norm for getting wheels refinished?
A) Put your car up on four jackstands at home and drop the wheels off?
B) Drop the car off and they use a lift (or jacks) while they are refinishing the wheels?
I've had mixed responses from the few places I've inquired with....if I want to leave the car it's 2-3 days (not sure why they can't schedule this a bit tighter). Wheels are not bent, just need curb rash from previous owner repaired.
Likewise, for people that don't have an indoor place to leave the car up on jacks, do you pay extra for them to do it all in one day?
Oppo shared experiences appreciated.
Engineer In Motion last edited by
@thomas-donohue have 2 sets of wheels for summers and winters. Then just swap over temporarily if they are being worked on
Tripper last edited by
@thomas-donohue when I ran into this dilemma the first time I used it as a bad reason to buy a set of wheels. The second time I had a second car so I dropped the car who’s wheels were to be repaired, off.
Either way, taking off the wheels and leaving the car on stands seems like more trouble than it’s worth, plus it’s on you if something happens while it’s on the stands.
If you don’t trust the shop w the rest of your car, I’d find another shop.
facw last edited by
@thomas-donohue I feel like they should just be able to keep your car while they work.
I had my wheels repaired (both front wheels were dented), but they were able to do that while I waited, so it was pretty easy to just drive it in. Refinishing obviously would take longer, but it still seems like it's not reasonable to expect most customers to be able to deal with having their wheels off for a few days without going to a shop, and if you are going to a shop, why not just make it the refinishing shop?
Thomas Donohue last edited by
@tripper I haven't talked to too many places yet, still gathering references. I have no problem dropping the car off for 2-3 days once I find a reputable place, just wondering what the norm is.
AMGtech last edited by
@thomas-donohue are you just wanting some curb rash fixed? Or a complete repaint?
Curb rash can be fixed in a few hours, and some of the trucks will come to you to do this. They can usually handle fairly intensive cosmetic repairs in that same window. They probably won't come to you for less than four wheels, probably in the range of $500-800 for the set, depending on severity of repair and that vendor's specific rates.
A complete repaint would be best achieved with tires removed from the wheels. So you would want to give the paint plenty of time to fully cure so it doesn't get damaged during tire install. You can do this with the tires on if you don't care about missing parts of the wheel barrel, or possibly getting overspray on the tires.
Pro tip: mobile wheel repair vendors vary greatly on quality, even within the same brand name. They cater to used car dealerships, not discerning enthusiasts. A wheel remanufacturer, or a local shop who takes pride in proper refinishing/repair, is a better bet. Having your finished product look great will take time. Rent a car for a few days if you need to.