Really teed me off this morning... Was parallel parking and scraped the rim on the curb - a nasty visible scrape.. I know this post is worthless w/o pics - but I'm still a luddite w/ cameras...
Can scrapes in the stock AWD alloys be ground/polished out and the wheel still be OK?...
Been thinking (dreaming?) about new rims too - but really don't want the extra expense right now...
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Find yourself a good rim/tire dealer. Many rim shops have tha ability to fix minor scratches. Some 'premium' body shop can as well.
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I did the same thing. I took my Dremel tool, in the privacy of my garage, and ground it down to take those awful cement induced grooves down to where it is fairly smooth. It's not perfect, but the price was right!
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You might try and get a dremel polishing kit # 684-01, this should help with getting out some of the smaller scratches and help rebrighten the finish. Just a suggestion for DIY.
THEN the only problem is getting the clear restored so you dont have a tarnished spot!
Thanks for the guidance guys... Will try to find a good wheel place in the 'Burgh and see if they can fix me up! Good to know all is not lost and I have some options!
I have had some severely damaged wheels repaired and straightened over the years. Curbing is a simple fix even if you ground the metal off the wheel. A good wheel shop can mend it and if it warped or bent the rim, actually straighten it to tighter tolerances than when new. Find a good wheel shop and they should be able to repair the scratch and fix the clearcoat. I had a 17" Volvo wheel repaired straightened and repainted for around $160.
Check out Ebay and the For Sale/Swap forum here. For $160 or less you can probably score a new or low mileage rim complete w/tire.
If the ride has more bling, you gonna pay fo the thing.
I love low profile wheels on certain cars, but man, when you hit a curb, there's no sidewall to help you out...