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Wheels

Wheels in La Habra, CA

At Salinas Tires & Wheel, we stock a wide selection of wheels for customers in La Habra, CA, Fullerton, CA, Whittier, CA, and surrounding areas. We also offer powder coating services to customize and protect your wheels.

To learn about our wheel brands and selection, or schedule a powder coat application, give us a visit or call today. 

Powder Coating - Wheel Armor that Looks Great

What's the best way to protect your wheels against scratches and corrosion? For motorists across our area, the answer is easy: powder coat your rims.

A powder coat isn't just a great way to defend your wheels against damage, it's also an opportunity to customize your vehicle. Choose from a variety of powder coating colors to create the perfect look while defending your custom or factory wheels against damage.

Contact Salinas Tires & Wheel today to schedule your powder coating service.

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the process of applying a dry powder to your wheels. The powder is cured under heat so it binds to the wheel as a protective skin. Powders are available in a variety of colors. This means a powder coat doesn't only serve as protective armor,  it also lets you change the look of your vehicle.

Powder coating is one of the best ways to protect your wheels and maintain a vibrant color.

Powder Coating Advantages

Powder coating offers many advantages over standard wet or sprayed clear coat procedures. Powder coating provides:

  • Protection: Powder coats deliver a harder finish compared to conventional wheel paint
  • Style: Powder coats are vibrant with many colors available with the ability to blend or mix and match colors
  • Consistency: There's no worry about paint running with powder coats

If you have any questions about the process or would like an estimate, call (562) 694-0085 or contact us online today.

Wheel Guide

Before you start shopping for a new set of wheels, use our wheel buying guide below, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of different wheel materials in order to find the best wheel to suit your needs. If you have any questions during your research, simply contact us online.

  • Alloy Wheels are light wheels with improved performance characteristics. These light wheels increase cornering and steering precision, and decrease road feedback for better braking response.
  • Steel Wheels are heavier wheels that provide vehicles with a lower center of gravity. Steel wheels are perfect for harsh road conditions in the snow or off-road over rugged terrain, but lack other performance capabilities because of the added weight.
  • Chrome is an aesthetically pleasing finish applied to both alloy and steel wheels. Chrome wheels are sought by drivers concerned with cosmetic appearance. While chrome wheels are known for their metallic mirrored shine, durability, and strength, they require regular attention and cleaning to maintain their visual appeal.

Wheels & Rims: The Manufacturing Process

  • Cast Wheels: Aluminum wheels are manufactured through a process of pouring molten aluminum into a mold. The shape of the wheel is formed through a process of gravity or pressure casting.
  • Machined Wheels: The machining process combines casting, heating, spinning, and precise pressurization to fill a mold with molten aluminum and shape the wheel.
  • Forged Wheels: The forging process takes a solid piece of aluminum and molds the wheel through high heat and extreme pressure. The result is a light, dense, and strong wheel.

The right set of wheels depends on vehicle characteristics and desired ride quality. When choosing wheels for your car, truck, or SUV, consider the following:

  • Size: Various wheel sizes and weights hold different performance characteristics. If you plan on upgrading your current wheel size, be sure to consider the maximum wheel size allowance on your vehicle.
  • Weight: Wheel weight impacts vehicle performance. Heavier wheels increase braking distance and reduce handling, while lighter wheels will improve maneuverability and braking performance.
  • Terrain: Where do you drive most often? Wheels should be selected based on their primary function.

Every customer’s criteria for buying wheels is different, so we urge you to contact us with your questions or concerns. Our service staff is comprised of wheel and rim experts who remain on the cutting edge of wheel style, configuration, and performance.

For the best wheel buying experience around, contact us today.

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