Alloy Wheel Corrosion
Low Acid Spray Corrosion
This usually occurs when a person uses a low acid cleaner, and allows it to set on the alloy wheel too long - causing a streaking effect. The cleaner etches into the clear coat of the alloy wheel, leaving a white streaking appearance on polished, painted, or machined finish wheels and black streaking on hyper silver wheels.
Brake Dust Corrosion
Disc brake dust is a big problem for millions of car owners. The beginning stages of brake dust corrosion can actually burn small marks into alloy wheels if not removed on a weekly basis. Overtime a combination of moisture, grime, and brake dust can lead to severe pitting of alloy wheels. Once your wheels get to the point of severe pitting, the only option is to have your damaged alloy wheels professionally refinished. Rimguard prides itself in having the technology and experience in assisting customers with issues of brake dust corrosion on alloy wheels.
Alloy wheel oxidation is caused by a chemical reaction between air and water that causes the alloy wheel to pit. The problem with oxidation starts when the factory clear coat is compromised, usually due to curb damage or outer wheel weights. If left unresolved your wheel will develop noticeable oxidation in a matter of weeks. At the point of compromise, your wheel will develop a gray and white spider look, especially on machined finish alloy wheels. Some painted wheels, particularly Toyota and Lexus alloy wheels, may develop oxidation under the paint causing a bubble look on the inner spokes of the wheel. Chrome wheels may develop oxidation where the tire meets the rim, on the inside part of the wheel. This causes the chrome plating to lift, and if left untreated will cause the tire to lose air.
Before using any cleaning products on your wheels, be sure they do not contain ammonia or acid based solutions. Wash your alloy wheels with a quality cleaner and wax similar to what you would use on the body of your vehicle. For better protection after drying your wheels, apply wheel wax which will cut down on brake dust corrosion in between washes. Wheel wax will not harm or dull the finish of your wheels. Has low acid spray, brake dust corrosion, or oxidation gotten the best of your alloy wheels? A Rimguard professional can assist you with each of these alloy wheel corrosion issues. If you live in Central NC you may contact one of our mobile wheel repair professionals. If you live outside of our mobile wheel repair areas, you may ship us your alloy rims from anywhere in the U.S.
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