Refurbishing RV8 alloy spoked wheels

David Driver has sent in a report of a first class refurbishment service provided by a specialist company, Spit & Polish in Tonbridge, Kent. (2.10.08)

The refurbishment service includes collection of the wheels (in my case from his local Land Rover garage in Hertfordshire), removal of the tyres, strip down and repaint (powder coat) lacquer. The process then diamond cuts the rims and part of centre plate - the groove and end of the imitation nut. Then the tyres are refitted and the wheels are balanced. New stainless steel valves are fitted.

Spit & Polish recommend that when diamond cut, the rims and rim under the imitation split-rim nuts should not be painted or lacquered, just cleaned with "Duraglit" or "Autosol" a then polished with a good wax polish. The only thing they will not do is remove and replace the imitation rim nuts. This is easily done as they can be driven out with a suitable punch and cleaned, then replaced when the wheels are returned.

David also removed the MG badges from wheel centres and thinks Spit & Polish will also ask for this to be done by the customer.

Spit & Polish mentioned to David that they have done many RV8 wheels and have the tooling templates for the cutting.

They have made a superb job, and were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Such a welcome change in this day and age. David highly recommends Spit & Polish.

The cost was £211 including VAT which covered the collection of the wheels from his local Land Rover garage in Hertfordshire. David thinks it has to be a trade address as they want a cheque when the refurbished wheels are returned to the garage. - Also see RV8NOTE265
Spit & Polish
Unit 12B
Sovereign Way
Kent TN9 1RS
Tel: 01732 367771
Spit & Polish is the leading alloy wheel refurbisher finishing over 30,000 wheels per year. Established some 15 years ago the company has gone from strength to strength offering a fast and efficient turnaround to the trade either by our own transport (6 vans operating daily in most home counties) or by 24 hour courier. We will collect from all traders connected to the motor trade including manufacturers, main dealers, insurance companies, bodyshops, small garages, tyre shops etc.
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