Frequently Asked Questions

The unique formed in-radius design of WheelBands means that they are a universal fit on wheels ranging from 12″ to 22″.

PLEASE NOTE: The high bond adhesive tape used to attach WheelBands to rims needs at least 6mm of smooth, flat surface all the way around the wheel in order to properly mount the product. WheelBands should not be installed if your wheel design does not have an adequate smooth, flat surface as required for mounting.

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An exception can be made to the above requirement if your rim design includes regularly spaced cut-outs or narrow sections around the rim that are no more than 50mm wide. In this case, there does not need to be 100% attachment of the high bond adhesive all the way around the wheel. These rim designs perform well and are covered by our warranty. For example:

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The following rim designs are not suitable for WheelBands:

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WheelBands may be used to cover up lightly scratched and scuffed rims. However, their long-term performance may be reduced if the damage is excessive or in an area more than 125mm in length.

If there are any raised-up burrs of metal in the damage, these must be filed or ground down flush with the rest of the wheel surface so that WheelBands can be applied over it.

The photo below shows the typical amount of curb rash that may be avoided by or covered up by using WheelBands.

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WheelBands are a defensive product intended to reduce the potential for scratches and light scuffs to your rims from curb impact at a maximum of 8km/h.

WheelBands perform best in slow speed manoeuvring, such as parallel parking and driving into car wash tracks. Should you hit the curb with WheelBands installed on your rims, your WheelBands may be damaged, however, your rim will most likely be saved from any scuffs or scrapes.

The RimPro-Tec® WheelBands system has been under development for nine years. WheelBands installed seven years ago continue to perform without problem in real-life installations. Performance testing indicates that undamaged WheelBands should commonly last for up to 40,000 miles.

However, WheelBands should be considered a replaceable item like a wiper blade. We recommend that they be replaced whenever you replace your worn tyres. Colour inserts can be taken out in seconds and turned over and re-inserted to increase their full colour life, or, new colour inserts may be purchased separately. It is not necessary to replace black or silver mounting tracks as long as they remain undamaged.

WheelBands hold firm to the wheel while driving at maximum vehicle speeds but can be released from the wheel by prying straight up.

To remove, locate the joint ends of the mounting tracks. Starting from the end joint, slowly pull the mounting track straight up off the wheel. When removed with care and patience on all OEM clear coat and painted wheel surfaces, most of the adhesive tape will remain attached to the mounting track. Any remaining adhesive tape residue will be minimal and can be rubbed off gently by hand or with a clean cloth.

Yes, WheelBands can stand up to repeated car washing.

Care needs to be taken and the proper equipment used when changing tyres with WheelBands installed. It is important to let your tyre change technician know you have WheelBands installed.

No. Properly installed WheelBands are a precision product manufactured to tight tolerances. Their installation does not affect wheel balancing nor do they interfere with or affect the wheel alignment process.

If the painted surface was done at a professional shop where the paint was properly applied to the wheel, the adhesive in WheelBands will not cause damage to the painted surface when removing.

If the painted surface is a  more of a ‘DIY’ job, it depends on surface preparation before painting and quality of paint used.

In many cases, WheelBands can be installed to wheels with clip-on wheel balancing weights. The WheelBands track design allows for cutting the track flush with either end of the wheel weight clip. The colour insert can then be snapped into the track and bridged across the metal clip as per the following photo:

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RimPro-Tec® WheelBands are produced with an OEM grade of exterior attachment tape, as used by car companies and tape-on wheel weight manufacturers. WheelBands are manufactured with this tape in several manufacturing plants around the world, including New Zealand and all plants are certified to the international automotive manufacturing standard ISO TS 16949. This is the highest standard in the industry.

Across several years of production, we have not identified any defective tape in RimPro-Tec® WheelBands products.

While it is not impossible that RimPro-Tec® WheelBands could be found with defective tape we consider the possibility small. The most common cause for WheelBands not to stick to a wheel is insufficient surface cleaning prior to installation, especially if a tire shine product has recently been used.

This also applies to aftermarket surface coatings advertised as “high gloss”, “easy clean-up” or “non-stick.” Examples of such coatings are Armor All or Opti-Coat.

Yes, single WheelBands can be purchased online. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you’ve scuffed your WheelBands, remove the insert, flip it over and re-install.

Our installers recommend using a sharp set of pruning shears to make a good, clean, square cut. If these are not available, it is better to use a box cutter or score the WheelBands with a sharp knife and snap off. Scissors and wire cutters will usually not give a good, squared up, professional looking cut.

Before installation, we recommend making a few sample cuts to practice your cutting technique and to make sure you are starting with a clean edge of plastic and adhesive tape.

RimPro-Tec® WheelBands are proudly made in New Zealand and the U.S.A. in manufacturing facilities certified to the ISO/TS 16949 Quality Management System Standard for automotive parts production…the #1 quality standard in the automotive industry.