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Old 7th June 2009, 19:06   #1
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Default DIY: Alloy Wheel Scratch Removal

I guess I didnít say touchwood when I put these on, and I paid the price for it!! (I really donít believe in stuff like these)LOL

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Anyways, yesterday when taking a turn and talking with my wife and not paying adequate attention I scratched my rims (both front & back, I must be a terrible driver!!!) on the curbs!!!

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I stopped immediately and checked it out but the damage was done, I was mad, sad and totally pissed at myself ( I tried blaming my wife for talking to me but then that was not a good exit strategy from my guilt)Anyway sleepless (I usually have an afternoon nap) I went to the closest hardware store and got two different sanding papers 400 & 1200 wet sanding papers and got to work on it as soon as I got home.

The results were amazing I was feeling a lot better and now I drive a lot more careful! The finish is really good for now, but for the actual polished look I will have to make a run to the car accessories shop and get a metal polish (donít remember the name but I used to have one some time back).

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If you guys get scuff marks on your rims this is a pretty good way to go, as in use just the sanding papers to get the really rough parts out from the chrome or polished alloys. If you have painted alloys you will need putty and paint, the process gets more complicated, I believe it is available online, just Google.

Hope this helps!

Note: The only step to follow is that make sure the area is clean and wet the sanding paper and rub on the damaged part ONLY!
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Old 7th June 2009, 19:25   #2
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Hey Dr, now I Know what to do about my scratched wheel !

Pretty much the same situation. Less than 2 weeks into my new alloys, hit the kerb & scratched the front left wheel pretty bad. Will try this out - though mine's deep.

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Old 7th June 2009, 20:44   #3
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I am not sure if this will work on deep scratches! If its a painted alloy I think you can sand it down and use putty and sand again and paint the affected area.
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Thanks for sharing.
Glad you are relieved of the sadness.

Drive Carefully
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A very nice tip. Got to try it. Had a similar experience as yours. The wheel scraped the kerb while taking a turn and the effect is visible on the alloy wheel.

By the way, those alloys look real drool!!!
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Try some chrome polish on top of that, u r set to go. Lovely work.
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Nice tip, will try. Related thread = Refinishing Alloy Wheels (Alloy Refinishing - Painting / Powder-coating / Chroming)
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Originally Posted by crazydiablo View Post
Try some chrome polish on top of that, u r set to go. Lovely work.
Can you let me know the name of the Chrome polish please. I have been looking for one from a long time now.
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Would this be effective on the stock alloys of the OHC Vtec. I can see that protective coating peeling off from my alloys! There are no deep gashes as such.

Please help. I want to restore the original shine!

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