Posted on Friday, 22nd February, 2019
Love Your Car, based in Cardiff is a minor accident and repair body shop that also specialises in alloy wheel repair.
The company offers a range of services for alloy wheels, such as customisation, diamond cutting and SMART repairs. As well as using the latest cutting-edge technology, the company recently purchased Vixen’s Aqua Wheelblaster.
The Aqua Wheelblaster uses the wet blasting process to simultaneously blast, wash and etch the wheels ready for painting in one simple step. This process produces a key for the paint to adhere to in the next stage of the SMART alloy wheel repair process.
The wetblasting process does not strip the wheel right back to bare metal; instead, it creates a key. This is ideal for same day repairs, and is becoming more and more popular with customers.
The Aqua Wheelblaster has an internal spigot to hold the wheel in place during the blasting process, and has the option of a pneumatic lift to help load wheels into the machine.
Leigh John, Wheel Technician at Love Your Car, said: “Before we got the Aqua Wheelblaster we had an old sand blaster which was very messy and required a lot of clean up due to the amount of dust created.
“We also used scotch pads on the alloy wheels to get the perfect key, and that used to take us an hour just to prepare one – we sometimes struggled preparing four in one day.”
After investing in the Vixen machine, the staff at Love Your Car instantly noticed an improvement in productivity and efficiency, and are now able to blast up to 30 wheels in one day.
He went on to say: “With the Aqua Wheelblaster, we can etch wheels and wash away the oil and break dust in one machine, it’s made my life so much easier, I couldn’t imagine working without it.
“After the wheel has been blasted it comes out perfectly etched, without being stripped, and ready for repair and painting”.
Before using the Vixen machine, the process for SMART alloy wheel repairs at Love Your Car was as follows: Tyre removal, scotch pad or dryblast the wheel to create the key, jet wash to remove dust and abrasive, dry, repair and finally paint.
Now, the Aqua Wheelblaster can cut this process down to: Tyre removal (now optional), blasting in the Aqua Wheelblaster, blow off, repair and paint.
Aidan Mallon, Managing Director at Vixen Surface Treatments, said: “It’s really good to hear that the staff at Love Your Car are seeing the benefits of the Aqua Wheelblaster and the profitability of quick, same day alloy wheel repairs.
“It’s great that more and more garages and bodyshops are bringing SMART repairs into their premises, and seeing the benefits that the Aqua Wheelblaster has to offer.”