Alloy rims are available for all size tires, including 20 alloy wheels. They are made of aluminum or magnesium or a mixture of both and can be fitted to trucks, cars, and motorcycles. Not only are they great to look at car detailing, they have other advantages, not the least of which is they are much lighter than their steel counterparts. Alloys are just as strong but they have better heat conduction. Because they are lighter, their handling is better.
These chrome wheel rims allow the car’s suspension to closely track the terrain to give extra stability and grip. The reduction in car mass also improves fuel consumption. Another benefit of the better heat conduction is that heat is expended via the brakes. This gives improved braking performance especially when driving in demanding conditions where brake failure can occur due to overheating.
From an aesthetic perspective, the manufactures of alloys are using intricate, bold, and stunning designs. Whereas, their steel counterparts are boring in comparison because they comprise of pieces of sheet metal welded together. You can get a variety of bare metal alloy finishes. For protection, the rims should be sealed with paint or wheel covers.
Even with such protection, the rims will start to corrode after a period of 3-5 years. However, they can be professionally refurbished at a cost. Refurbishment of alloys is fairly expensive but you can avoid this by doing it yourself.
First, the entire rim must be scrubbed, including any spoiled or damaged areas, with a wheel brush and dishwashing liquid. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Then apply a small amount of paint-thinner onto a lint-free cloth and vigorously clean the damaged areas. Before you move onto the next step, ensure that every piece of dirt and debris is removed.
Next, cover every surface near the spoiled parts with masking tape, including other sections of the rim, as well as the tire. Get a sheet of brown paper, or an old tablecloth, and tape it to the area of the vehicle that faces towards the damaged wheel. The reason for this is to protect the car when you apply the primer, wheel lacquer, and clear lacquer. Wipe with a dry towel. Plug the damaged section with body putty and leave to dry for about 20 minutes.
To obtain the best results, this is a project that should be done on a sunny, warm day to speed up the drying time of the putty. Also, for best results, be sure to paint, clean, and sand only in and around the spoiled areas. When the putty is dry, sand it down until it’s flush with the rim. For this part, use 400 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean and spray on one coat of primer evenly. Let is dry for 15 minutes and then sand the primer.
The next step is to spray on the first coat of silver lacquer on your 20 rims and tires. Give it half an hour to dry and then spray on the second coat. Leave to dry overnight and, the next day, you can spray one coat of high-gloss clear lacquer as a sealant on the chrome custom wheels. The final result will be impressive and your 20 inch tires and wheels will look as though they are brand new. Don’t drive the car for a minimum of 24 hours.