Accuride debuts ProFinish refinish service

Pro Finish logoAccuride Corporation has introduced its ProFinish steel wheel refinishing service for the North American commercial vehicle aftermarket.

Now in full operation, ProFinish will refinish all steel wheel makes with Accuride’s advanced Steel Armor coating that delivers best-in-class corrosion protection and carries a 12-month warranty against rust damage. Accuride says it is the first commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer to refinish wheels for the aftermarket using the same advanced system used to apply its original-equipment wheel coating.

“Accuride launched ProFinish in response to the concerns fleet and aftermarket customers had with the coating quality and durability of their refinished wheels,” says Scott Hazlett, president of Accuride Wheels. “ProFinish gives them the advanced corrosion protection of Steel Armor coating on their refinished steel wheels.  Our ProFinish refinished wheels will stand up to the toughest road environments in North America and deliver a level of quality and performance other wheel refinishers simply can’t match.”

Accuride says the wheel coating process is critical to ensuring the correct paint thickness on the mounting surfaces of wheels. There is a well-defined correlation between wheel nut torque loss and excessive paint thickness. Accuride says the ProFinish process achieves consistent filiform coating thickness under the 3.5 mils required by OEM standards.

pro finish wheelsOperationally, Accuride says the ProFinish refinishing process begins with a quality inspection to exempt wheels containing cracks and other flaws that compromise structural integrity. Next, the wheels undergo a shot-media blast that removes 100 percent of the paint, regardless of coating type.  The clean wheels then undergo Accuride’s proprietary three-phase Steel Armor coating process:

  • Zinc Phosphate – The process begins with the application of tri-metal zinc phosphate to prepare the metal for maximum adhesion.
  • Epoxy E-coat – Next, Accuride applies its best-in-class proprietary formula cathodic epoxy electrocoat (e-coat), optimized for sharp-edge and overall corrosion protection.
  • Powder Coat – The final step is an exacting application of premium powder coat, formulated exclusively for Accuride to meet the tough demands of the heavy truck environment.

Accuride Wheel End Solutions will warranty ProFinish steel wheels to be free of rust damage for 12 months from the date of refinishing indicated on the wheel, and adds that most wheels of the following sizes are eligible for ProFinish refinishing: 19.5 x 7.50, 22.5 x 7.50, 22.5 x 8.25, 22.5 x 9.00 and 24.5 x 8.25. The company also says customers should contact their Accuride sales representative for program and ordering process details.

The new wheel refinishing service operates at the company’s Henderson, Ky., steel wheel production facility using the same coating line that applies the Steel Armor powder coating to its original-equipment wheels, the company says.

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