One of my alloys has some peeling on. Seems like the top layer of the alloy is peeling off. All the other alloy wheels are perfect. The car is out of warranty now. Seems to be spreading slowly. Is there any thing I can do to repair this?
You could try pressure cleaning it to get rid of the loose clear coat (assuming it is clear?) Lightly sand the exposed area with really fine grit wet and dry, then clean it with metho (or similar) and get some acrylic clear coat spray and try and to blend it in.
Would think it is worth getting a dealer to inspect. I know they will say it’s out of warranty, but they may not, it is not damage or wear and tear but clearly a manufacturing fault and the lacquered wheels should last longer than three years. If you get no luck with the dealers, all of you should email Fords CEO, not worth bothering with their other departments, but I found the CEOs specialist team really helpful and efficient.
My front discs lasted 37k miles. Serviced by Ford dealer. They replaced front pads and after 6 months I had to change discs. Everything was covered by thick rust and dust. They just fiting new pads without any preparation
For wheels is simply solution. Gently sand them down and repaint with clear lacquer.
I think you'll find that Ford warranty on alloys is only one year. We bought an almost new Ford Ecosport a few years ago and had an issue with one of the wheels corroding. Luckily had it changed under warranty but was 11 months old by then and were told we just made the 1 year warranty offered on wheels.
It will cost about £50 per wheel to get them refurbished - don't leave it too long or the wheel will get more and more corroded making the job harder. You could try black wheels instead or even the 'liquid metal' finish on the Mondeo Vignale which is an anthracite finish.
If you have to resort to fixing the wheel yourself, you can at least prevent the damage from worsening. Use soft steel wool or wire brush to remove the paint where it’s peeling or chipping. Rinse the area and dry it thoroughly. Paint the damaged area with a rust-resistant spray paint; once that dries, you can cover it with a coat of silicone-based wheel sealant for extra protection.
The best method is to remove the hubcap or rim entirely while working on it, or else tape off the rubber wheels, lug nuts, wheel badging, and undamaged areas.
Update - popped into the dealer today spoke to the service manager. I said the lacquer was coming off one of my wheels. He said is it a vignale? I said yes.
They booked car in 21st Jan to have a look and would they would contact Ford to see if they would sort out as goodwill gesture (3 months out of warranty) he said they would expect a response from Ford within 2 weeks.
Fingers crossed Ford will sort out for me.
It’s worth a try as you won’t loose anything, Ford know they have a problem as the service manager wasn’t surprised so they may sort it for you. Lots of times dealerships don’t seem to be too bothered with warranty work but they are probably a bit quieter at present so keen to do it. When I phoned to book my service they said I could have any day I wanted in January.
Feedback from the dealership. Needs a new alloy. Ford will pay 35% of the bill as gesture of goodwill as just out of warranty. New alloy is £400 so I would pay £230.
More that i was expecting though they could repair existing alloy but appears not. Said i would think about it and ring them back in a couple of days. Planning to keep the car for a few years
I have used Chipsaway once to remove a golf ball sized dent and wasn’t very impressed with them. They subcontracted it to another company and said they only repair paint and dents that can’t be pulled out. I have used a local mobile smart repair company called Scratch Wizard to repair a low level dent on my previous motor and they were really good and reasonably priced. They also repair wheel paint damage, interior dash and plastic repairs, so it may be worth getting a quote from someone like that in your area.