You may have bought a used car that has rims in less than perfect condition. If you are thinking of respraying them to get the car looking nice, but are concerned with the costs involved, don't worry too much!
Respraying your existing rims is actually quite economical for most purposes. It can cost you anything from £25 and upwards, depending on the size of your car and the condition of your rims.
The price can of course vary according to how 'perfect' you want them to look, like the price for respraying all vehicle parts. If you're looking to get it done professionally then be aware that some garages also charge extra for removing hubcaps or existing wheel trims if they need to be removed.
How do you respray car rims?
- Rims are usually painted using special wheel paint which is resistant to UV rays. This keeps them strong so you don't need to worry about the paint peeling off even after it has been exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
- It's advisable that you get at least two layers of wheel paint applied for maximum protection.
- The paint should be applied in thin layers, drying between coats for maximum smoothness and shine.
- You can find 'wheel dressings' to help your rim keep its shine, but these are usually not necessary if the paint is done correctly.
- Gloss or matte finishes are both appropriate, depending on the overall look you are going for.
How long do painted rims last?
A good coat of wheel paint can last for at least a year, and in most cases it will be closer to two years. If you live in very sunny regions then it will fade faster, but if your region is not too hot then the paint should be able to keep its shine for much longer.
Do painted wheels chip easily?
Painted wheels are actually quite resistant to chips and small scratches which is what usually causes rims to look less shiny after a while. You should be able to get a good number of years out of your paint job, only having to touch it up once in a while with a little bit of wheel paint.
Can aluminium rims be painted?
You can paint aluminium rims, but you need to make sure that the paint is specially formulated for use on aluminium. This usually isn't a problem as most wheel paints are designed to work on all kinds of metals, however it's always advisable to check this before painting your rims.
Can rims be wrapped?
Wrapping rims has become a popular alternative to painting in the last few years. It is done by covering the existing chrome or silver rims with vinyl, and can be done at a fraction of the cost of respraying your rims.
It is also much easier if you want to change the colour of your car but don't want to respray the rims.
The downside is that it will not last as long or keep its shine for as long, however it does protect your existing rims from chips and corrosion while giving you a shiny new look without spending too much money.