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%$#@!!! Barely rubbed a curb...any concerns with wheel repair?


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#1 OFFLINE   Kermit

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 06:51 AM

In my effort to keep my new car looking new forever, I almost always park far away from the building, and often in the furthest spot, which is generally next to a curb. Last night, when pulling out from a spot next to a curb, I turned too soon, and my wheel rubbed against the curb. I didn't hear any metal rubbing sounds, so I thought/hoped it was just the tire that rubbed. No such luck. My husband checked it out when we got home, and sure enough, there's about one square inch of "curb rash" on the wheel. 

 

Not having dealt with anything like this before, I assumed that if I wanted this problem to go away, I'd have to buy a new wheel...which would be silly. But after doing some research, I see that I can get it repaired for a reasonable price locally, and I'd like to do that. A few questions for you guys/gals:

 

  • Do you know if this is something a dealer would do? Or do I have to go to shop that "specializes" in this type of thing?

 

  • Are there any issues/concerns I should be aware of? For example, paint color matching (on the wheel)? Anything related to removal of the wheel and putting it back on?

 

  • What am I not thinking of?








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#2 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:42 AM

Dealerships rarely do custom work such as this and would rather sell you a new wheel (at a nice profit).  Best bet is an independent specialized company, get an estimate, and compare that to good used wheels on ebay (don't forget shipping and mounting costs). 

 

A third option that I'm not recommending to you but rather for the DIY'ers out there especially when it's a small area is to remove the wheel from the vehicle and file or dremel the surface smooth and use some matching touch up paint.   I've done this to numerous motorcycle wheels over the years which were even easier as they were black.  Even folks who are sloppy with a tire machine can really scratch up a rim.

 

Fourth option:  live with it and let it gnaw at you everytime you look at it.....   :hysterical3:


Edited by fotomoto, 10 October 2014 - 07:45 AM.


#3 OFFLINE   Kermit

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:20 AM

Thanks, fotomoto. I called the dealer's body shop about another issue (on a different car) and asked about the wheel. He said he has a guy come in to do that work, and it's $150. I can certainly live with that. Hopefully "the guy" is from one of the specialty shops; I assume he does decent work, or they wouldn't continue to hire him for these jobs.

 

While I have a Dremel, I only use it to file my dog's nails...so that should give you some idea of my DIY skills! (And my husband's DIY skills? Well, he's an accountant...I'll just leave it at that.)   :smile2:    

 

As much as I'd like to, I don't think I can deal with your fourth option when there's a relatively inexpensive fix available. Once it's done, I'll share some "before" and "after" photos.



#4 OFFLINE   Binky

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:49 AM

Yeah the people they outsource it to do that stuff for a living.  I scratched two rims on my Mazdaspeed3 during some irresponsible behavior and utilized their services in the past.  They do a good job.  Won't be perfect, but you'd also likely be the only one to notice afterwards.



#5 OFFLINE   Kermit

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

Cool. Thanks, Binky.



#6 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:39 PM

You'll never see it at 60 mph :shift:


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#7 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:04 AM

 

In my effort to keep my new car looking new forever, I almost always park far away from the building, and often in the furthest spot, which is generally next to a curb. Last night, when pulling out from a spot next to a curb, I turned too soon, and my wheel rubbed against the curb. I didn't hear any metal rubbing sounds, so I thought/hoped it was just the tire that rubbed. No such luck. My husband checked it out when we got home, and sure enough, there's about one square inch of "curb rash" on the wheel. 

 

Not having dealt with anything like this before, I assumed that if I wanted this problem to go away, I'd have to buy a new wheel...which would be silly. But after doing some research, I see that I can get it repaired for a reasonable price locally, and I'd like to do that. A few questions for you guys/gals:

 

  • Do you know if this is something a dealer would do? Or do I have to go to shop that "specializes" in this type of thing?

 

  • Are there any issues/concerns I should be aware of? For example, paint color matching (on the wheel)? Anything related to removal of the wheel and putting it back on?

 

  • What am I not thinking of?

 

Can you post a picture?



#8 OFFLINE   jzchen

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:25 PM

Wheels America has a location close enough to me that I bring wheels to them.  There is also Wheel Collision in PA that usually has an ad in car magazines.  Can't tell your location so I'm not sure if one of these places are close to you.  I couldn't tell the difference between a new wheel and a repaired OEM wheel from my experience.  (Had a little trouble with color on BBS/aftermarket wheels.)










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