Lots of EFFECT and little expense!!! Nice wheels are like wearing a tux - your car goes from casual to dapper overnight.
On this recent job you will see the awesome improvement on the wheels of this Billet Specialties wheel. See for yourself:
Riding around with old, dusty, dull, unpolished or unfinished wheels? Did you realize that the look of your wheels can make a HUGE difference in the overall appearance of your vehicle? A simple & inexpensive wheel job at Phoenix Rim Repair can enhance the look of your vehicle. The appearance of new and shiny rims or wheels makes a world of difference!
Lots of EFFECT and little expense!!! Nice wheels are like wearing a tux - your car goes from casual to dapper overnight.
On this recent job you will see the awesome improvement on the wheels of this Billet Specialties wheel. See for yourself:
Here are some factors to consider when choosing wheels for your vehicle:
Here are some additional tips for choosing wheels for your vehicle:
Come deal with the best and forget the rest!
Wheels are an essential part of any vehicle, and they come in various materials and designs. Two of the most popular options are alloy wheels and steel wheels. While both serve the same purpose, there are several benefits of choosing alloy wheels over steel wheels.
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Are Masks and Vaxs the New Seat Belt?
Are masks and vaccines the new seat belt?
The past two years - unlike any before it in the U.S. - was full of opinions, conflicting information, and divisiveness (mentally and physically). Sometimes it was hard to know what to think or to believe. With all the conflicting information swirling news feeds and social media – pandemic issues (health, masks, vaccines, etc.), full blown civil unrest, politics, and cancel culture, it’s enough to test even the most zen among us.
Since we are auto related, it seems appropriate to revisit the use of the seat belts, and speed limits. You may not remember, but there once was a time when neither of these were enforced into law. But not unlike many controversial topics on the table lately, laws surrounding driver freedoms were eventually decided upon decades ago to essentially save us from ourselves, and to endorse safety for all.
Speed Limits Why?
The whole country should have free reign to speed anywhere like on the Autobahn in Europe, why not? Sounds like a nice idea – we definitely have a lead foot that would appreciate higher speed limits everywhere, but unfortunately it is not that simple.
Speed limits in the U.S. trickle back to the 1600s, but with most activity occurring in the 1900s, the purpose today is mainly safety. If there are hazards on the road or during certain weather, drivers need to be alerted to safely use the caution necessary. If sharp curves, construction, or potholes are present, speed limits and signs can help drivers advert these challenges.
Also, in the name of safety, consequences for drivers who pay no attention to warnings or speed limits and endanger other drivers or pedestrians need to be held accountable. Speeding in a construction zone with workers present? Probably not smart. Speeding over potholes, popping a tire and careening into other traffic can happen in seconds if going too fast. Skidding around a curve due to speed and hitting another car who then spins off a cliff. Yikes. Speed kills, yes both kinds. If a loved one was the victim of one of these scenarios, I am sure justice would be sought, so it is important for speed limits to be regulated and enforced under law.
Seat Belts Were Resisted
Resistance to safety measures! Gah! Even new vehicles are designed to annoyingly beep at us as we drive without our seatbelts – technology is controlling us! No, rather technology is helping us to be smart. It is all perspective.
When David Hollister introduced a seat belt bill in Michigan in the early 1980s that levied a fine for not buckling up, the state representative received hate mail comparing him to Hitler. At the time, only 14 percent of Americans regularly wore seat belts, even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) required lap and shoulder belts in all new cars starting in 1968.
Resistance to the life-saving devices at the time was the norm. …continue reading here
Seat Belts, Speed Limits, Masks, Vaxs… Whether you agree they are for the greater good, or not, come visit us, forget the noise, and get your wheels repaired, glossed, or colored. Now is a great time and you and your vehicle deserve it!
Why not roll into 2022 with some sparkly wheels, and good juju?
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Brown Tires Making You Frown?
This month we are talking about tire care. Part of basic auto upkeep includes giving your tires regular TLC. This is assuming you’ve already gotten your rim repair or wheel color coat done here at Phoenix Rim Repair. Once you have spiffy wheels, the next area of focus will have to be your tires.
Having old, ratty, brown, or dirty tires definitely takes away from the overall look of your vehicle. Not only that, but it is smart to keep tires free of debris and regularly examined so you can ensure an optimal tire life and safety on the road. Be sure your ride is equipped with the right tires and inspected often for wear throughout the year.
If your tires have an unsightly brown glow to them, that is likely due to the antiozonant in the rubber surfacing over time. This is called “tire bloom”. Antiozonant is a chemical added to tire rubber to help preserve the tire surface and integrity. Once this element meets the ozone in the air, the oxidation then turns it brown. Luckily, this process can be improved by regular cleaning, conditioning and tire protectant, as explained below.
Tire cleaning doesn’t have to require any special products. A simple do it yourself “DIY” method will suffice. First spray down the tires with a strong garden hose. Next, add one teaspoon of dish soap per gallon of warm water. Apply the solution with a rag or spray bottle to saturate and let the soap do its job. Let set for a few minutes before rinsing and then dry with a towel or cloth.
After a good cleaning, it is beneficial to use a tire conditioner you trust. A tire conditioner is a deep penetrating, and hydrating solution which is often formulated with UV inhibitors, it protects your tires from future sun damage as well.
A good tire protectant keeps tires looking newer, longer. There are all-in-one protectant products for any parts of your vehicle that include rubber, finished leather, plastic, vinyl, PVC, gel coat & fiberglass surfaces. A good tire protectant offers a decent defense against fading and cracks over time with regular use. And to give your tires a quick gleam between deep cleans, you can make an easy DIY tire-shine solution yourself.
Don’t Ignore Tread
Lastly, during all this tire lovin’, it is important to monitor your tire’s tread when you are in the process of cleaning. A tire tread study done by Consumer Reports found that common tires can last as many as 70k miles before needing to be replaced. This is not to say that there aren’t exceptions to this – if you race your vehicle or typically drive on rough terrain or off-road – tires will endure much more wear and tear. Keep in mind that tires can vary in lifespan depending on the quality and how or what you drive on, so be sure to check the tread regularly.
Check out our post on how to care for your wheels.
We recommend this tire TLC 1-2 times a month, or even once a week if possible, for best results. Just as not all drivers are the same, not all tires are the same, so results may vary. If you want healthy long-lasting tires with less “blooming”, a commitment to regular tire care will help a lot more than you might think.
PS. The current pandemic and less vehicle use means it is a great time to drop your car off for a wheel color coat, wheel repair or refinishing. What are you waiting for? Fill out our quick quote form and leave the rest to us. We are the best in Phoenix – click here to see why.
Behind the Scenes at Phoenix Rim Repair and Powder Coating
This month whether you are working from home, relaxing at home, out at work or play, we thought you’d enjoy a glimpse of us at our “home” here at Phoenix Rim Repair. We use lots of state-of-the-art equipment designed to perfectly craft your wheels. Different machines have different jobs to focus on surface, finish, balance, texture, coating and expert repair work.
Scroll down to catch the photos and scroll further to read about wheel care tips. Or if you need immediate service, fill out our quick quote form and we'll get in touch with you within 48 hours.
- Wait 24 hours to wash wheels
- Keep your vehicle out of dampness or heavy rain or puddles for the first few days
- Gently wash and shine by hand with acid-free cleaner for the first month after repair or refinishing
- Be sure wheels are cool to touch before washing
- Never use abrasives. These agents can damage the protective clear coat causing it to need refinishing.
- Avoid commercial car washes - alignment rails on most car washes can easily rash and damage the wheel edge
- If you must use a commercial car wash, use a “touchless” system without rails
Lastly, check out our recent work and see what we can do for you here at Phoenix Rim Repair and Wheel Color Coating.
6 Ways to Care for Your Vehicle in Quarantine
Most of the world is hunkered down in mandatory quarantines due to the COVID-19 - or Coronavirus - pandemic that has traveled rapidly across the globe. While it seems we won’t be traveling rapidly anywhere anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we should ignore our vehicles during this time.
Being stuck at home is probably worse for your car than it is for you. An idle automobile can suffer greatly – flat or deflated tires, dried out wipers and belts, dead batteries, vermin, or small animals getting cozy in the engine or other compartments and chewing through wires, and the list goes on.
There are important precautions one can take to ensure a vehicle is in good shape no matter how often it is driven, but especially during this COVID quarantine:
Start or Drive Your Car
If allowed in your area, take a quick drive, or just run your engine in place for at least 20 minutes. This will help keep your vehicle’s moving parts lubricated and prevent tires from losing air.
Use a Sunshade or Cover
If your vehicle is parked on a street or in a lot, most likely it is just baking in the sun day in and day out and getting dirty. Using a cover can help preserve paint, cleanliness, protect from weather, pollen, sap, and bird dung. A reflective sunshade is better than nothing and can reduce the heat inside your car and protect against dashboard bleaching or cracks.
Oil is one of the most important features of vehicle maintenance and performance. Check oil and be sure the amount and type is acceptable. Refer to your user’s manual and change often. If you don’t want to mess with it, you can hire a mobile mechanic to come to you, anytime, not just during quarantine.
A full tank of gas prevents condensation forming inside the gas tank. Sometimes dangerous gas fumes can build inside a tank, and this is also prevented by keeping a full tank of gas in your vehicle.
Clean Your Automobile
Cleaning and waxing your vehicle regularly can help protect it. A clean interior matters too – put a box of baking soda in your car – it can help prevent odors and rids your car of unseen bacteria or mold ready to grow. Keeping your car free from old food or odors can prevent pests from taking up residence there.
Tip: After a good cleaning, prop up the wipers. This prevents the blades from getting stuck to the surface of the windshield or becoming deformed after long periods of non-use.
Parking Brake Caution
If your car will be setting for a month or longer, be sure to simply put your car in “park”, or for manual cars, place in first or reverse gear and use wheel blocks to prevent rolling. The reason for this caution is the brakes can seize to the rotor or drum which can cause problems when moving after sitting there for several weeks. Better to be safe than sorry.
Lastly, give your car or truck some extra love during this unprecedented time of quarantine. Have you been thinking of a wheel repair or color change? There is no better time to have these rim services done than right now while you are most likely confined to your home and don’t need your car as much. Fill out our fast quote form and see what we can do for you.
As always, check out our Instagram to see all the wheel TLC we’ve been up to here in Phoenix, and be safe out there!
New Wheels? New Decisions
You’ve decided to change the wheels on your ride. Congratulations, you are now entering a long fun list of decisions to make. Diameter, width, bolts, spacing and offset all come into play when considering a new set of wheels for your car or truck.
The look, color and style of the wheels matters as much as the fit. With careful considerations, you can have the perfect combo. Read below to find out some key factors when deciding on the best wheels for your vehicle.
According to a few searches we conducted online, we determined that OEM alloy wheels cost anywhere from $70 to over $500. Yes, you read that right. Regardless of the make and model of the vehicle – the availability, size and material of the rim is the determining factor and it’s not always higher for luxury vehicles.
Sometimes this can be a tricky decision. Do you want traditional metal wheels, or colored wheels? If color, what hue(s)? An important thing to consider is the existing trim package. What color is the trim, bumpers, exterior windows or other accessories? Do you want to match, compliment or contrast with these finishes? Do you want to go bold, or subtle? Sleek or sporty? Refined or aggressive. The colors accenting features on your vehicle can turn your car into a whole new personality and turn heads too.
It goes without saying that any decisions made about color should be well thought out. This is something that can affect you for as long as you own the car and the resale value as well. If you decide to get color-coated wheels at the wrong place, that can be a costly mistake. That’s why you always want to choose Phoenix Rim Repair and Color Coating, we guarantee all our work, and color match.
A popular choice we are seeing more and more, and recommend, is black or dark color coats. Lighter finishes can easily display sprinklings of brake dust and debris.
Chrome wheels without color tend to look best when polished which can be time consuming. Sometimes an aluminum clear-coated wheel is a smarter option. No matter the material or color, it is important to clean rims regularly so they can sparkle and shine like they duly should. Maintaining a straight from the factory appearance is the goal.
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Fit to Be Square ...or Have Stagger
What is the difference between square and staggered wheels? Depending on if you have a front, rear, four or all-wheel drive, you can use different wheel widths.
The wheels on the front and back are the same width on a square fitment, this is standard for most vehicles.
With a staggered fitment, the wheels on the back of the vehicle are wider. A staggered fitment gives you a wider tire with a wider patch on the road. In dry conditions, you’ll get better performance and better handling. And your car or truck will have a more “aggressive” and spunky appearance without being over the top.
When possible, staggered wheels can offer a unique look and stronger performance. It is an important option when considering aftermarket wheels and wheel sizes.
Find What Works
To get fitment data for your vehicle or to find vehicles matching your criteria you can search multiple places. When it gets down to deciding which aftermarket wheel will fit your car or truck, there are many sources find what fits and works best. You can handle it yourself and visit Wheel-Size online, fill out the search form for vehicle model, tire size or rims, and voila you will have the info you need.
Where Are You Driving?
If you mostly drive on city streets, then you still want an alloy wheel because it is a lighter weight. It will allow for the best handling. These are considered performance wheels.
For those who prefer a little off-roading, an aftermarket wheel that’s going to tackle the terrain and befriend your tires. There is an array of aftermarket wheels that look good, perform great, and is wallet friendly.
Lastly, buying new, or aftermarket wheels shouldn’t be a pain. Don’t let the 10,000+ results on an Amazon search for “aftermarket wheels” sway you. Yes, there are things to carefully consider, questions to ask, quotes to get, but this process might even be fun.
A few decisions about fitment style, purpose (where you drive most) and visual styling, and you are almost there! If you decide it is a color coat you need to trimmings or wheels, let Phoenix Rim Repair help you out! Fill out our easy quote from and we’ll get you some options so you can begin making decisions.
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One of the most hectic months of the year coupled with less sunlight, overdoing the holiday cheer …or just plain being distracted on the road can wreak havoc on your car. Driving while exhausted, or worse …the carnage of December and the holidays may very likely have included some damage to your rims.
Don’t worry, we see it every year.
Maybe you hit a pothole while rubbernecking at Christmas lights, or slammed into a curb while parking in the dark battling crowds at the mall or holiday events. Sometimes it is simply unavoidable. Don’t blame yourself or the crazy holidays, just bring your vehicle into Phoenix Rim Repair and we’ll give you the best rim job you could ever imagine. Check out our work on Instagram and you’ll see what we do best!
Tire damage is frequent and there are tire shops around every corner. Easy peasy. But have you ever attempted to buy a new wheel to replace your (damaged) original? If so, you might have experienced a rude reality: expense. Fortunately for you, rim repair, wheel straightening, and refinishing can be a cost-efficient way to have brand “new” wheels. No one has to know they are repaired because, trust us, they will never be able to tell the difference.
According to a few searches we conducted on the OEM Wheel Shop Online, we determined that OEM alloy wheels cost anywhere from $70 to over $500. Yes you read that right. Regardless of the make and model of the vehicle – the availability, size and material of the rim is the determining factor and it’s not always higher for luxury vehicles.
Bent or damaged rims don’t necessarily have to be replaced. With today’s technology (our technology), rim and wheel work is easier than ever before and can be cost effective as well. We pride ourselves in refurbishing a wheel to a "like-new" condition for a reasonable cost. Phoenix Rim Repair uses specialized machinery to straighten bent rims so that they run even and smooth. We can turn around most repair jobs in a matter of hours or days depending on the timing.
Some rims are so severely damaged that the rims cannot be brought back to spec. In those rare cases, Phoenix Rim Repair does not charge for time spent if the damage cannot be fixed. In some cases, we can also assist with an exact replacement if that is needed. So inquire!
Fill out a quote form to see what we can do for your wheels today! Trashy wheels make your car look, well, trashy. We can fix that and have your ride turnin’ heads again in no time!
Phoenix Rim Repair is a wheel color coating, straightening, refinishing and rim repair service located in Phoenix, Arizona. Staff is professionally educated with over 10 years of expertise using state-of-the-art equipment. We only use the best, so we can do the best for the benefit of our many loyal customers.
Thank you for a great 2019, and cheers to a new year, with “new” wheels in 2020!
Your Electric Car Wants Colored Wheels This Christmas!
As we approach the bustling retail season, consumers all over the world are being cleverly drawn in by ads on TV, radio, online, in social media feeds, and even on the roads…
Perhaps slower than anticipated, but consumers are starting to buy in (literally) to the idea of electric automobiles, and all the perks that come with it.
There are more affordable electric vehicles like Kia Soul, Fiat 500e, Volkswagon e-Golf, and the Hyundai Kona Electric.
For pricier models with sexy styling and more luxury, you’ll find Mercedes-Benz and Porsche rolling out their own electric luxury cars, and of course the leader of the pack, the ever popular Tesla models, particularly the Model S.
Is it just us or have you seen more Teslas on the road more than ever lately? Maybe that is because Motor Trend named the Model S the “Ultimate Car of the Year,” and the U.K.’s Auto Express magazine named the Tesla Model 3 its 2019 car of the year.
Undoubtedly, we’ll be seeing more and more Teslas on the road, as sales are increasing. But as the market becomes saturated with these beauties, it is important to set yourself apart from the pack. How do you do that? You come to Phoenix Rim Repair and Color Coating in Glendale and get your Tesla wheels and brakes color coated in any custom color your heart desires.
Check out some of our recent work on instagram. Good looks and a sexy car will only turn so many heads. When you are ready to pull out all the stops, come in to get your wheels custom colored. Fill out our super easy quote form and see what we can do for you!
Deck the Halls? Nah, how ‘bout the wheels? ‘Tis the season to treat yo self!
292k Views on YouTube?
This month we are revisiting a video made just over 2 years ago when we were featured on a popular YouTube channel. Since it went live, it has gotten nearly 300,000 views on YouTube! Check it out!
Have you ever wondered how cars work and searched online for information on the topic? If so, you may have stumbled across the Engineering Explained website and YouTube channel owned by engineer Jason Fenske. Jason began what is now a wildly popular YouTube channel, back in 2011. With a love for car video games, a degree in mechanical engineering, and a passion to learn and teach others about how cars work, it is clear to see how he has built up a following of over 2.3 million subscribers over the last several years. His most popular YouTube video has gotten over 14 million (yes, fourteen million) views.
Powder coating may seem like a simple process, but there is a lot more to it than many realize. There is a lot of behind the scenes technology and tools that make it all work, and Jason captures this in the explanations in the video. We were honored to be featured. Check out our own Aaron Gallinger as he does what he does best, color coating! Or if you just want to see the big reveal at the end, you can see Jason unboxing the wheels after Aaron shipped to him here.
Tell us what you think!
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Your Wheels Are Two-Faced, Part 2
This month, we continue with our discussion about wheel hardware and design from last month.
At Phoenix Rim Repair, we are familiar with wheel structure because we work with naked wheels (wheels without tires) every day. There is a lot to wheels and rims that the lay person is completely oblivious to. Behind the visible cosmetic face (outer facing wheel surface) there are many important components making up a good wheel and its relationship to your vehicle. What are these? Read on to learn more about the secret life of your wheels.
The exterior of a 3-piece wheel, the dish is the portion of the wheel that sits beyond the spokes. In contrast, a “deep-dish” wheel spoke sits below the outer lip and is mainly for aesthetic purposes. Important to note here is that the deeper the dish, the more susceptible the wheel face is to damage from impacts. The wheel can become bent on the outer edge or crunch the dish against a spoke causing it to crack. This kind of crack is difficult to repair to the level needed because it’ll lose some of its original strength and integrity.
Wheel spokes are located between the plate and outer wheel edge. Spokes support the wheel’s edge and help it to resist impacts. As you are probably aware, spokes vary greatly in appearance - from the typical 5-spoke pattern to more minimalist designs, and even some unusual wheel concepts. These designs are responsible for its resistance to damage, so not only is appearance important, the material integrity is equally so. In certain cases, a welding repair could possibly make the wheel a detriment to safety and performance.
Self-explanatory, the circle design that the wheel lug bolts appear is called the bolt circle. The Bolt Circle Diameter, or BCD plus the number of bolts used makes up the “bolt pattern”. For instance, 5 lug bolts at a 5.25-inch BCD can be described as a 5x5.25” bolt pattern. Bolt patterns vary between auto manufacturers, model types and years. For example, despite earlier models, many BMW wheels are 5x120mm. On the other hand, most Mercedes wheels are 5x112mm bolt pattern. This is why it is typically impossible to cross-mingle wheels between other car brand and models.
If you missed the first part of our list, click here to go to last month’s post.
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Your Wheels Are Two-Faced, Part One
At Phoenix Rim Repair, we are familiar with wheel structure because we work with naked wheels every day. There is a lot to wheels and rims that the lay person is completely oblivious to. Behind the visible cosmetic face (outer facing wheel surface) there are many important components making up a good wheel and its relationship to your vehicle. What are these? Read on to learn more about the secret life of your wheels.
First things first, the essential core. Around the center bore is a hefty metal plate with the function of connecting all the major players in the wheel - the lug bolts/holes, wheel core, and axle. This sweet spot spoons the surface of the rotor. This configuration happens at the center of the wheel and is responsible for the integrity of the entire wheel-axle setup.
Not to be forgotten, is the stem used to air-fill tires that must protrude through the wheel surface. This consists of a small hole drilled in the wheel to make way for the air valve. This hole can make one side of the wheel lighter than the other, meaning a good spin balancer will have to compensate for it. Valve stems come in all types, from snap-in rubber stems to fancy metal stems with rubber gasket seals.
Anything but a bore, the circular hole in the middle of the wheel is perhaps the most exciting aspect of wheel fit and performance. The center bore refers to the size of the hole where the spigot/axle fits through. This bore is also known as spigot size, and refers to the diameter of hole, usually measured in millimeters. The wheel’s center bore must match the spigot size of the car's axle seat.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) wheels are made to fit snugly on their original axle seats of their designated cars. However, when dealing with aftermarket wheels, care must be taken to ensure that the size is the same or slightly larger than the OEM center bore size - large enough to fit over the axle. Many aftermarket wheels are designed to accommodate this and will have center bores larger than the OEM size. Hub-centric spacers can be used to fill the overage and keep the wheel functioning properly.
Our list continues next month, so stay tuned…
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Off-Roading Wheels: Size Isn’t The Only Thing That Matters
Here at Phoenix Rim Repair we see trucks, SUVs and Jeeps with big wheels that have been bent or damaged while off-roading or require some powder coating for that extra eye-pop effect. But properly outfitting your vehicle to enjoy unpaved terrain might involve more than you realize.
Bigger is Better
Yes, when upgrading to larger rims and tires, the bigger the better, especially for those who want solid off-road handling and grip. For this reason, the suspension will need to be lifted. A lift of just an inch or two will provide room for bigger wheels. The diameter needs to clear the brakes or else you’ll be going nowhere.
Don’t forget that the wheel and tire upgrade will weigh more and may affect the daily performance of your engine when it comes to speed. That doesn’t matter much though when you are off road at going slower speeds.
What is Backspace?
When it comes to off road rims, you need to be concerned about more than just the diameter and width of the wheel. Consider backspacing – it is the measurement of the space between the mounting face and the inside edge of the wheel. Your lift kit will let you know the maximum amount of backspace allowable. That’s because as backspace increases, the wheel moves further into the wheel well. For off road rims, you want to decrease backspace and move the wheel away from the well for maximum balance.
In addition to diameter, width and backspacing you’ve got to consider offset as well. Offset measures the distance between the center of the wheel and the mounting surface. Backspacing is measured in inches and offset is measured in millimeters. When you are upsizing for off road rims, you will want to decrease the offset from OEM to move the wheel further out on your vehicle. A decreased offset provides more space between the inside edge of the tire and the suspension. It may take a zero or negative offset to push the wheel far enough out for adequate clearance.
Alloy is King
You want a tough alloy wheel for off-roading. Alloy wheels will provide durability and strength without added weight. Steel might seem like a better choice but it is far too heavy. You may save over 10 pounds per wheel in unsprung weight by going with alloy over steel. Forged aluminum will generally weigh less than cast. Those terms refer to how the material is formed into the wheel.
Once you’re equipped, this site will help you find places in Arizona where you can test out your spiffy new wheels. And if any damage should happen to your rims, you know where to bring your ride to get your wheels like new again.
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Stop! In the Name of Love: Brakes
Screech. Sqeak. Sqqqk. Embarrassing car sounds.
Sometimes they are a minor annoyance, sometimes it’s very embarrassing.
We’re talking about noisy brakes.
Most modern brakes are disc brakes. These cast-iron discs are squeezed between two brake pads that provide the level of friction necessary to bring the wheels to a stop. It’s important to know that you should never expect to have complete silence from your breaks at all times. In fact, if you have high-performance carbon-metallic brake pads installed, they are actually prone to making noise. Original brake pads will make less noise, but pay attention to older brakes that may be noisy due to needing to be replaced.
Common Causes of Brake Noise Include:
Brake pads undergo a tremendous amount of stress every time you apply your brakes. If you’re like most people, this stress is happening many times, every single day. Over time, the pad will naturally wear down and need to be replaced.
Brake pads come with a built-in wear indicator. In fact, there are different kinds of indicators. A mechanical indicator makes noise to signal that it is time to replace the pads. If you wait too long, you are risking further damage to your vehicle and yourself.
As brakes heat up, they become noisy and less effective. Brake pad-related noise is often caused by the metal in the pad. To minimize noise from your brake pads, use pads that contain more organic brake material (Kevlar, resin, rubber, fiber, etc).
Whatever type of brake pad you choose can easy and affordable fix. However, if you allow the pads to wear down for too long, you risk damaging the rotor, which is not so cheap to replace.
If the brake pads are vibrating against the rotor, that may be what is causing the noise. This may happen just before your vehicle comes to a complete stop. There are a few ways to counter this problem. Brake damper pads might do the trick, or you could try an anti-squeal compound that comes in a spray or liquid-application form.
Brake Rotor Rust
A layer of surface rust can occur very quickly, since the rotors are exposed to the elements. Many modern wheels are designed in such a way that the vehicle’s rotors are easily visible. While rotor rust can be an eyesore, it doesn’t pose much of a problem.
As mentioned, you can expect some occasional sounds from your brakes. However, if you feel it’s something beyond the norm, it’s wise to have your brakes checked out by a professional brake specialist.
At Phoenix Rim Repair, we not only service rims, color-coating wheels, and wheel repair, we know other great professionals in the auto industry. Great looking wheels are one thing, but having a safe vehicle with working brakes and parts is the complete package. We can typically provide recommendations for certain services not in our range of expertise.
What are you waiting for? Fill out an easy quote form and we’ll contact you quickly with a full quote.
It has happened to all of us – a chewed or bent rim. The wheel is seriously bent out of shape, and so are are we about it. Not only are bent wheels and rims unsightly, and potentially dangerous, a damaged rim can cause performance issues as well. Most of the time a bent rim can be repaired, but in some cases it is advisable to replace the wheel outright. Fill out our fast quote form and we can determine the difference based on your photos. We can straighten that rim for you for a fraction of the cost of a replacement.
If one or more of your rims are bent, it can cause the following problems:
At Phoenix Rim Repair, it is all in our name. Our qualified techs can restore your bent rim quickly.
Advantages of wheel straightening are:
Perhaps the rim is severely cracked or damaged beyond repair, or would present a safety concern. This is not a problem, we have resources and can help you find a reasonable wheel replacement. Our goal is to help you have a great looking wheels no matter what kind of car you drive. We want you to get back out onto the road as fast as possible.
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With the warmer months approaching, it is the perfect time for spring cleaning your wheels and thinking about refinishing them to give them a fresh, shiny, eye-catching look that will last for many seasons to come.
This month we are answering some common questions about wheel refinishing.
Won’t Wheel Refinishing Fade?
The longevity of wheel refinishing depends largely on the quality of work and how and where you drive. If you use dirt roads, hilly areas or unkempt roads with debris and hazards every day, then your wheels will experience much more potential damage than someone who drives predominately on city highways for short distances, for instance. Your wheels can also begin to look bad if you are constantly in stop-and-go traffic – brake dust will begin to build up on the surface of your wheels and start to affect the finish and vibrancy of your wheel surface.
In addition to where you drive and how often, being careless while driving can cause your wheels inadvertent curb rash and other dents and dings due to driver-inattention that will need to be repaired in addition to a refinishing coating for your entire wheel. Being cautious when driving with distractions in the car – passengers, mobile phone use, being sleepy or drinking alcohol, poor weather conditions, etc. – can help keep your wheels free from damage.
In addition, getting a high-quality wheel refinishing job done can make a big difference. Here at Phoenix Rim Repair, we see a lot of wheels come in with prior shoddy refinishing work done, from poor welding jobs, to coating just one face of the wheel (the outer facing wheel instead of the whole wheel inside and out), to air-bubbles and other defects that could be avoided if the proper time and attention was taken while improving and protecting the wheel.
Why Spend the Money on Wheel Refinishing?
Wheel refinishing might seem costly depending on what size and type of wheels you currently have (and what prior damage might need to be repaired). Prior dents, dings, rust, straightening and other damage can add to the cost of your refinishing. Chrome 24-inch wheels on an SUV will of course cost more than standard 13-inch alloy wheels on a sedan.
However, wheel refinishing is not nearly as costly as other automobile services, repairs or replacements. Wheel refinishing is a good investment – protects and improves your wheels and enhances the overall appearance of your vehicle.
The cost to refinish is worth it, especially if you work the with best in Phoenix – Phoenix Rim Repair – we guarantee all of our work. And if you happen to get a scratch or ding in the future we can always refinish one wheel at a time, as needed, just snap a photo of your damaged wheel and fill out our easy quote form and we can provide you a quote.
The fresh look of refinished wheels through priming, clear coating, painting and other services is worth the money if you want your car to look ready for a show room, or a hot date.
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Phoenix: We’ll Help You Pimp Your Ride, Starting with the Wheels
If you have been following us on Instagram, Facebook or this blog, you know by now that color-coating is a popular and easy way to upgrade the appearance of your ride. Check out this Cadillac we worked on recently. Black, on black, on black – we took it from basic to bold!
The right customization can add color and character to a car to make it your own.
There are three ways you can do this:
A technique specifically for metals that sprays a thin layer of powder onto the wheel’s surface. That powder is baked on to achieve a uniform durable finish. This technique is used to repair dings and scratches or to match your wheel’s existing color.
Pin-striping wheel details and edges, and brake caliper coating are two ways to add unique pops of color to your wheels. Or color the whole wheel into a custom color you select here at Express Color Coating/Phoenix Rim Repair.
Common wheel finishes are chrome, machine polished and powder color-coated wheels. Each gives your vehicle a distinct look to set it apart from the rest. Don’t be basic!
Some prefer to refine and refinish their original wheels, while others ramp up their vehicle personality and presence on the road by adding bold colors to turn heads.
Know Before You Go
First, know the size of your wheel because it’s diameter needs to match your tires. You can find that on your tire. You’ll also want to know your wheel’s offset, or the distance between the hub mounting surface to its center line. If the new wheel has a different offset from what you’re using now, the tires may rub on the inside or outside, eventually causing tire failure.
Wheels also come in a variety of materials. For example, alloy wheels are lighter than steel wheels, which will give you speed and also reduce the heat the brake system endures.
If you’re unsure of how to measure your wheel or what type you want, bring your car by Phoenix Rim Repair and Express Color Coating and we’d be happy to take a look and give you a quick quote.
How to Survive a Road Trip this Winter
The last slightly measurable dusting of snow in the Phoenix area happened in 1998, but that doesn’t mean that places just a few hours away like Prescott and Flagstaff don’t get a good share of snowfall every winter.
Many people choose to forego the crazy airport chaos and instead decide to drive to see family and friends over the holidays or during a winter vacation.
We want to help you out with safety on the road in snowy and wet conditions, (after all we wouldn’t want you to be in an accident, and ruin those wheels!).
Tire Tread & Pressure Check
Start by checking the tread of your tires. A quick check can be performed with a penny. Insert your penny into the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down, facing you. If you can see all of Abe’s head, your tread has worn down to less than the recommended 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.
Next, check your tire pressure – as temperatures drop, so does the pressure in your tires. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires will lose air pressure. Having properly inflated tires is not only good for your safety, but also good for gas mileage.
Invest in Good Wipers
It’s difficult to drive safely if you can’t see. Don’t wait to replace your windshield wipers if yours are streaking, skipping, or smearing. Most auto shops and retailers can look up the proper size for your year, make, and model of car. The last thing you need is to be on a slick road with poor visibility.
Slow and Steady Wins the Winter Road
You and everyone else on the road who is stuffed full of eggnog and holiday food (or eager to go eat it) just want to get to where you are going. We get it. However, speed is your enemy in rainy or snowy conditions. It’s time to slow down and use caution. This can help increase traction in the slush and snow. Everything will take a little longer on wet pavement than on dry pavement, so when turning, stopping, and when driving in general, slow it down.
Avoid Cruise Control
Using cruise control in inclement weather conditions is not recommended. Road hazards (including other inexperienced-in-weather drivers) are heightened and your foot needs to be ready for action! In addition, using cruise control while driving on wet roads can increase the chances of hydroplaning.
Visibility in the winter is often low thanks to daylight savings time, fog or mist. Keep your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers and to avoid low visibility dangers.
Take a Raincheck
If the weather is particularly nasty, try to wait it out or avoid it all together. Fewer people on the road during less than ideal conditions improve safety for everyone, and can provide just the excuse you needed to have a cozy day inside by the fire/space heater/radiator sipping spiked eggnog.
Lastly, winter and rainy conditions can cause minor scrapes and dings to your wheels because it can be harder to control your vehicle in those conditions. We are always here to repair or refinish your wheels should they succumb to any damage on that winter trip you took.
Don’t delay! Snap a couple of photos of your wheels and fill out our quote form and we’ll respond typically within a day.
What’s Shaking? Is It Your Steering Wheel?
A common complaint we hear here at Phoenix Rim Repair is a shaking, or vibrating steering wheel. This can be an easy fix most of the time, but sometimes there is some additional investigative work that needs to be done in order to figure out what the issue is. So many things can cause a steering wheel to shake. If the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in additional damage and require expensive repairs. No one likes expensive! Read below to discover ways you can avoid a shaking steering wheel.
Check for Loose Parts:
Inspect and adjust any inadequacies - nuts, bolts, fittings, positioning, etc. Have your tires rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles.
Regular Wheel Alignment:
Annually, or each time you purchase new tires or have some sort of tire-related maintenance performed, be sure to obtain a digital, professional all-wheel alignment.
Invest in Proper Tires:
If you are living in a cold or warm climate most of the time, seasonally-appropriate tires can make a world of difference. Invest in a quality tire that is designed for your city’s terrain and climate.
Every 4,000 miles (or whatever the recommended service is for your vehicle or tires), take your vehicle to visit a professional auto repair technician. They are trained to locate mechanical issues before you notice them on the road.
This can change drastically as temperatures fluctuate. Tire pressure should be monitored at least every two weeks, if not more.
Avoid road hazards, curbs (put down that cell phone!), speedbumps and other obstacles that may wreak havoc on your wheels and tires (i.e.: potholes). The more aware you are when driving the better off your ride, and wheels will be.
Damage form over tightened or too-loose lug nuts or bolts can be avoided by non-machine tightening only. Get personal with your wheels, use a hands-on approach.
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From all of us at Phoenix Rim Repair and Color Coating, Happy New Year!
How to Tell If You Have Quality Wheels
With wheel manufacturers all over the world and different styles and brands of vehicles we see daily, we’d like to discuss: what are the ingredients of a quality wheel?
Since we are in the business of wheel repair and refinishing, we frequently notice the finish of wheels immediately. We notice if the wheel has been properly maintained. We can see the condition and type of protective finish on each wheel. Even if wheels are older, they can still look as good, or better, than newer wheels if they have a quality protective finish and are cared for well.
To learn how to care for your rims, click here to read our wheel cleaning tips.
Who Made Your Wheels?
Wheel manufacturers also plays a role in wheel quality - how well a wheel will perform and endure wear and tear - and how the wheel stands the test of time, and well, all those close-curb-encounters too! The Manufacturer’s longevity and reputation for quality is something to consider when purchasing wheels, whether they come with your vehicle or are purchased separately. Simply because a wheel manufacturer has a history in racing wheels, doesn’t mean those wheels are the best for everyday road use. Sometimes racing wheels are a very different wheel or too much of a wheel than you might need. Do your research and don’t assume.
Where and How Were Your Wheels Produced?
In addition to the manufacturer, consider the origin of production – there are quality standards that must be adhered to in places like Japan, Germany and wheel plants elsewhere. There can be different criteria for wheels sold with vehicles versus those wheels that are produced and sold aftermarket, or separately. These different standards can involve things like durability, metal, structural integrity, dimensions and finish. Not all wheels are created equal.
Do They Fit In?
A quality wheel will have a good relationship with its essential parts such as the tire, brake, bolts, clearance, width, and its general orientation to the automobile that it is attached to. All of these factors play a role in fit and performance. There are research, development and design teams to help facilitate the production, equipment and installation process to be in peak order for all parts to work in sync. This creates a quality experience for the driver and thus is an integral part of a quality wheel.
Do you have quality wheels?
Do they still look like quality wheels?
If not, we can restore your wheels back to looking like new – we can refinish, repair or give your wheels that glossy candy coated color you’ve been dreaming about.
As December approaches, why not think about a gift for yourself or a loved one? That would be a lasting gift for them and everyone else to stare at!
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WANT BETTER HANDLING? WHEEL WEIGHT MATTERS!
The role that wheel weight plays in determining the vehicle's overall ride, performance and feel is why so many new vehicles have replaced the less expensive wheels that are rolled, stamped and welded steel with cast aluminum alloy wheels.
Since the development of magnesium alloy to reduce wheel weight on old mid-century race cars, lightweight wheels have been used to enhance vehicle performance in most forms of auto racing. Today, most magnesium alloy wheels are too fragile for daily street use and are very limited in their finish options allowing only painting or polishing (and to avoid oxidation, frequent polishing of magnesium wheels is required).
The Formula 1 races were this past weekend in Austin, Texas and undoubtedly, magnesium alloy wheels were used due to their superior strength and durability and to reduce the weight while retaining the ability to handle the shifting loads. Fortunately for the rest of us, the wheel manufacturers have also developed lightweight aluminum alloy wheels that provide the appropriate street durability and numerous finish options while keeping weight to a minimum.
A lighter weight can enhance the vehicle's performance because it takes less energy when less weight needs to be controlled. Unsprung weight is the weight under the springs which moves up and down as the vehicle rides and leans in the corners. Reducing unsprung weight allows the springs and shock absorbers to be more effective. Additionally, a vehicle's rotational weight includes all moving parts in the vehicle's driveline from the engine's crankshaft to its wheels and tires. This affects the energy required to change speed as the vehicle travels and maneuvers. Decreasing the weight of any rotating components will enhance the vehicle's performance because less energy will be required to alter their speed.
Remember, a vehicle's total weight, including its wheel weight, affects its ability to accelerate, brake and corner. So choose your wheels wisely and choose your wheel repair and color experts even more wisely! At Phoenix Rim Repair, we know a thing or two about wheels, wheel care, wheel color and beyond.
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Why Deal with the Rest When You Can Come to the Best?
We have all seen auto enthusiasts with custom wheels, whether it is chrome, low offset or deep dish, exotic 3-piece, expensive magnesium or just upgraded factory alloys. There is no denying the fact that wheels can totally change the overall appearance of your car. The only problem is that new wheels can be an expensive upgrade! Along with upgrading the wheels, usually a new set of tires is involved because the new wheels almost certainly are designed to be larger or wider than stock rims. After it's all said and done upgraded wheels and tires can cost thousands.
Luckily Phoenix Rim Repair can provide the look and feel of new upgraded wheels at a fraction of the cost of a new set! Let’s face it; the modern cars of the 21st century are purposefully designed from top to bottom. The wheels and tires that it came with are *usually* the best choice when fuel economy, ride quality and cornering performance are taken into equal consideration. So how do you totally change the overall appearance of your car, cost effectively while retaining the factory alloy wheels?
You bring your vehicle to Phoenix Rim Repair! Fill out our fast quote form and get the ball rolling. We can repair and polish rims to a back to new appearance or change the color of your wheels better than anyone in the area. It’s a cliché, but... why deal with the rest when you can come to the best?
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Pro and Cons of Alloy and Steel Wheels
The average driver has no idea what type of wheel metal they have and why it matters. Today, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of alloy wheels and steel wheels. Often a choice for high performance and better looking wheels, the alloy wheel is typically the standard on most vehicles. For work vehicles or those driven daily in strenuous terrain or harsh winter weather, steel wheels seem to be the better choice. One is robust and plain, the other is pretty and delicate.
Steel Wheels Pro: Price
Not surprisingly, steel wheels are significantly less expensive than alloy wheels. The price for a new steel wheel starts at about $50 dollars compared to the price for a new alloy wheel which starts at about $75 each.
Steel Wheels Pro: Heavier
Steel wheels are heavier than alloy, so it can lower the car's center of gravity. If the vehicle had alloy wheels prior, it’ll feel more like a tank with the heavier steel wheels. This can be an advantage in the winter when the extra wheel weight helps tires grip the snow tighter. Having a vehicle with less and agility, a low center of gravity and a sense of solid heaviness can be a plus in certain terrain and weather.
Steel Wheels Pro: Stronger
Durability is definitely a selling point when it comes to steel wheels. What steel lacks in attractiveness, it makes up for in strength. Steel wheels are significantly stronger than alloy wheels. To bend steel wheels is a feat, and it is almost impossible to crack them. Cosmetic damage to steel wheels is not nearly as common as it is on aluminum wheels.
Steel Wheels Con: Size
It is uncommon to find steel wheels over 17 inches in size. Usually, steel wheels are less than 16-inches in size which is a limiting factor as to what types of vehicles they work on. Steel wheels aren’t ideal for oversized brake calipers or suspension tweaks which are also subject to wheel size specifics.
Alloy Wheels Pro: Versatility
The true beauty of alloy wheels is their ability to be dolled up. They can be polished, painted, machined or chromed. The entire look and feel of an alloy wheel can be altered by any of these processes. A word of caution though – they are vulnerable to more surface damage than a steel wheel, such as curb scrapes, saltwater corrosion, and acid cleaners.
Alloy Wheels Pro: Variety
Unlike steel wheels, aluminum can be cast in many different designs, giving a unique look to a vehicle, and offering owners the chance to customize even more. The aluminum (and nickel) alloy is significantly lighter than steel and makes for more agile performance and acceleration.
Alloy Wheels Con: Weaker
Alloys tend to bend under road impacts and can crack under pressure. Depending on the amount of nickel in the aluminum, it can cause the wheel to be more pliable or brittle. Generally, the lighter the wheel the softer and more malleable it is. Casting or pressure forging during construction also affects the alloy's strength.
Overall, if you are seeking an attractive, versatile performance wheel in many shapes, sizes and prices, an aluminum (alloy) wheel set is probably the best choice for you. If you are seeking a basic looking, inexpensive wheel that will withstand road hazards and winter weather over the long-haul, the steel wheel is your best bet.
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Relax and Replace or Refinish Your Damaged Wheels
Scenario: You get new tires installed at an auto or tire shop. Unfortunately, the dingbat tire techs damaged your wheels in the process. Of course they refute it and it is your word against theirs, and now you are left with a damaged wheel to leave as is or get repaired. This happens all the time and we are used to seeing clients come in with this type of situation. We empathize! Relax! Luckily for you at Phoenix Rim Repair, we are skilled to avoid further damage to your wheels and we will replace or repair them and send you on your way.
The most convenient way to resolve a damaged wheel is to order a reconditioned wheel of the same size and model as your other wheels. This can be done on a variety of online websites, we even have hundreds in stock at our sister site, RimVault. Even eBay has a decent amount of options depending on your wheel age and brand. When you locate and purchase the correct wheel it can be exchanged at your convenience at our shop.
There is the possibility that if your wheel is hard to find (i.e.: super old, brand new, or obscure) then we will have to refinish your existing damaged wheel. Sometimes this process can take a day or two depending on the number of wheels, if properly done.
Beware of a number of mobile wheel refinishing services who promise results without ever taking the tire off. Save yourself the subpar “service” and hire actual professionals like Phoenix Rim Repair who take time, care and attention to complete the process correctly from the start. Mobile repairs simply smooth out and touch up the damaged area and apply a patch of new clear-coat, but within this patch is still a microscopic crack where elements can still get in, thus inevitably destroying the repair over time.
On the other hand, to properly refinish a color-coated wheel, it is necessary to strip the wheel back to bare metal and rebuild the finish from primer to paint to one continuous layer of clear-coat. Polished wheels skip the primer and paint but add the laborious process of polishing. Chrome wheels have to be stripped with acid and dipped in highly toxic liquid metals. To properly prepare and cure clear-coated finishes takes time, up to a week, while chrome-plating can be even longer. This is not convenient, but as long as you have a reliable spare tire, you can still have a working vehicle.
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