July 18, 2022

What are Alloy Wheel Rim Protectors?

Alloys becoming damaged can be an annoying ordeal and is sometimes quite expensive to repair. With alloy wheel rim protectors, your alloys are much less likely to become chipped or scratched, even if you take a little scuff against a small kerb.

What are alloy rim protectors?

Alloy rim protectors are a piece of rubber (or sometimes plastic) that are attached to the edge of your alloys. 

Depending on which alloy rim protector you use, they will either cover the edge of the rim or will cover above the surface of the alloy.

What do rim protectors do?

Alloy rim protectors protect the edge of the alloy. 

They are put on the alloy covering the edge, meaning that if the edge of the alloy does come into contact with a kerb, then it is the protector which becomes damaged and not your alloy, potentially saving you a lot of money short and long term.

Do alloy wheel rim protectors work?

When it comes to protecting your alloys, rim protectors are very effective. 

If you have fitted new alloys, then it is definitely worth getting alloy protectors as not only do they protect, they also come in multiple different colours so they will compliment your car. 

If you do find that your alloys become scratched, even with rim protectors in place, we can help by offering high quality, alloy wheel scratch repair services.

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Why should alloy rim protectors be fitted?

The main reason why you should have alloy rim protectors fitted is to help preserve the appearance of your alloys and to also prevent future damage. 

When driving, a light bump on a kerb can ruin your day as you know it could cause a serious problem, however, if you have installed alloy rim protectors, then there is less need to worry. 

Which type of alloy wheel rim protectors should I get?

There are two kinds of alloy rim protectors, so it mainly comes down to how much money you are willing to spend. The first option, which is a little bit more expensive but is more durable and longer lasting, are internally-fitted rim protectors

These are made of a nylon substance and go in between the alloy and the tyre. They are more expensive to buy however, and may need a professional to fit them, which does further add to the cost. 

The other option is to use self-adhesive rim protectors. These protectors simply stick over the edge of the alloy. 

They are cheaper than nylon rim protectors and can be easily fitted at home too. The downside to self-adhesive rim protectors is that they won’t withstand as much damage as stronger rim protectors.

How to fit alloy wheel rim protectors

Alloy rim protectors do prevent small amounts of damage, but even with them installed, a large collision with a kerb or pot hole will still damage your alloy. 

This is not a worry as here at Alloy Wheel Repair Services, we will be able to get you in and seen promptly to repair your damaged alloys. 

To fit self-adhesive alloy protectors, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the alloy with soapy water and then dry, as any remains on the alloy will affect the glues ability to work properly.
  2. Using alcohol wipes, remove the remaining residue.
  3. Apply a primer around the total perimeter of the wheel and then leave it to dry thoroughly.
  4. Slowly attach your protector onto the edge of the alloy and then cut off the excess at the end (you can glue the ends together for a better looking finish).
  5. Leave it for around three days before trying to drive your car, as the protectors may begin to fall off. 

Where can I get alloy wheels repaired?

Through Alloy Wheel Repair Services, it is very easy to aquire a quote from highly trustworthy experts local to you. 

Take a look further into what alloy wheel repair jobs we offer, or perhaps you want to look into alloy wheel customisation and modifications!

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