ActOn Case Studies
If you want to keep automotive wheels looking like new or if you are a manufacturer who needs to polish alloy wheels to a bright finish, then we recommend reading this case study.
Most of the online tutorials show you how to manual polish wheels. This includes in general going through many steps such as cleaning the rims, prepping and sanding the surface, buffing the rims with different wheels, manually polishing and in some cases coating.
As the automotive industry is rapidly evolving towards more efficient vehicles where automotive components have to be durable and fuel economic, we have developed automotive surface finishing solutions which benefit the industry by reducing processing times and producing a repeatable and quality product. One of these automotive finishing applications we have developed includes achieving a polish finish on alloy wheels.
We have been recently approached by one of our customers to develop an efficient process to polish alloy wheels to a bright finish. Our client also needed to replicate the finishing application in-house.
At ActOn Finishing we have developed, in partnership with major manufacturers in the automotive industry, a high quality, repeatable finishing solution to polish alloy wheels in just a few hours.
For this application, we have also designed the AWP188 wheel polishing machine – suitable for achieving a highly polished finish on both automotive and motor bike wheels. Some of the key benefits and features of this machine includes:
Hence we carried out finishing trials in the ActOn AWP188 and we polish the alloy wheels in a 3-stage process:
Wheels go through the grinding process using an aggressive plastic media and LQ16 which is a concentrated cleaner and polishing compound. Depending on the initial condition of the surface the process time can take up to 10hours. For this project we only needed 5 hours to cut down the wheel.
After the surface has been cut down it needs to be smoothened and prepared for the polishing stage. This is achieved using a medium abrasive media and LQ16 compound.
The final stage includes polishing the wheels with ceramic polishing media and LQ9. This media is great for achieving a bright highly polished finish while LQ9 has been formulated for polishing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
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To learn more about ActOn’s finishing technology for Automotive industry click here. For further information regarding the finishing process contact our technical team.