While alloy wheels are great and help your car stand out, they’re also extremely susceptible to damage. If you’re reading this then it’s safe to assume that your alloy wheels need restoring. Whether you’re dealing with a minor curb scrape or a pothole fracture, it’s best that you bring them in so they can be repaired. 

Now, you’re probably dreading this due to the costs attached to these types of repairs. To help soften the blow, we thought it would be useful to help you understand all the costs attached to restoring wheels. Hopefully, this clears everything up and gives you a good idea of what to expect when you bring your wheels in for repairs.

What Goes into the Process of Alloy Wheel Refurbishment?

Repairing and refurbishing wheels may not be as simple as you think. In fact, repairing alloy wheels is closer to repairing car panels due to the many processes involved. Here’s a quick run-through of all of the processes involved:

  1. Cleaning: Before any actual repairs are made, the wheels will be cleared thoroughly. Considering all the dirt and grime that sticks to wheels, this process will require the use of professional degreasers and cleaning compounds.
  2. Tire Preparation: Once the wheel is clean, the tire will be fully deflated. Some cases will even require the tire to be fully removed in order to ensure that the entire face of the wheel can be refurbished.
  1. Repair: The surface of the wheel will be keyed to ensure that a strong bond is formed with the new paint. It’s not uncommon for specialist tools to be used in order to remove the damage. In extreme cases, fast-curing resins will be used to rebuild the surface of the wheel.
  1. Paint: Once the wheel has undergone the necessary preparations, the paint will be applied to it. The paint will be meticulously colour-matched so that there will be little to no signs of repairs. Once the paint is applied, it will be lacquered with the appropriate gloss, matte, or satin finish to match the other undamaged wheels.
  1. Curing: Lastly, the wheel will undergo a curing process. This is done in order to create a hard finish for the wheel. You can think of this as an additional layer of protection to prevent the wheel from being damaged in the future.

How Much Will It Cost?

Considering all the work involved, you may think that this process will be pricey. And while it isn’t cheap, you may be surprised that the costs for repairing wheels are actually quite manageable. Repairs typically range from £65 to around £150 depending on the severity of the damage. Other factors such as wheel size, type of finish, and any other customisation request will also factor into the final costs. For a more accurate breakdown, it would be best to ask for a quote from a professional wheel refurbishment company.


As you can see, a lot of work goes into alloy wheel restoration. Considering all the labour and time that goes into this process, it’s quite understandable that these services rarely ever come cheap. With that being said, repairs are adequately priced especially if you find the right company to work with.

If you’re looking for a professional wheel refurbishment company, we here at Wicked Rims have got you covered. We offer a wide range of high-quality services that will have your wheels looking good as new. For more information, contact us so we can discuss how we can help.