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post #1 of 11 Old 08-27-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Any advice on how to improve the scratches my wife managed to grind in to my 2ss RS aluminum wheel when she got too close to a curb?
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Any advice on how to improve the scratches my wife managed to grind in to my 2ss RS aluminum wheel when she got too close to a curb?
Need pics. There are wheel repair services around (good dealers usually have this info) that can do an expert job that includes grinding and filling, but if it's not too bad, you might be able to grind it out yourself and polish to where it's barely noticeable.

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Need pics. There are wheel repair services around (good dealers usually have this info) that can do an expert job that includes grinding and filling, but if it's not too bad, you might be able to grind it out yourself and polish to where it's barely noticeable.
Thanks for the advice. About eight inches are scratched on the outer lip of the rim and a small scare on one spoke. Would you grind it out with sand paper then polish with compound?
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Thanks for the advice. About eight inches are scratched on the outer lip of the rim and a small scare on one spoke. Would you grind it out with sand paper then polish with compound?
8 inches?

Seriously, I'd look into a professional wheel repair, or replace the wheel.

As far as grinding it out goes, for rim damage I've used a Dremel (don't run the RPM too high) working from coarse to fine grinding wheels to progressively smooth it out, then lightly go over the damaged area with 800+ to eventually 2000 grit wet sandpaper, before polishing with aluminum/mag wheel polish. The mark on the spoke can only be smoothed with sandpaper, IMHO. This would amount to A LOT of careful work on your part, and may be worth the expense of having professional do it (I would guess from $75 -$150... IF they agree they can fix it).

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Any advice on how to improve the scratches my wife managed to grind in to my 2ss RS aluminum wheel when she got too close to a curb?
had the same incident yesterday. but mine have to be painted. if you know your service dept. pretty well, they may be able to work it up as a factory blemish and repair/replace it under warranty.

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Scratched mine yesterday on a curb. I used a file and some fine 1500 grit sandpaper to polish out the gouges, then I used clearcoat touch up paint to cover the bare metal. If you know that they are there you will find them, if you don't, you will never notice them. Work slowly and gently.
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Do you have the midnight silver RS wheels???
If so, Don't sand paper them! They are painted so all you'll do is strip the paint off! I got the curb rash on one of my wheels. I'm going to just have them all powder coated black instead of paying to repaint the wheel. You can buy a single wheel pretty cheap too i think. I tried touchup paint that was supposed to be color matched to the wheel and it was not!!! it looks like crap.

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Do you have the midnight silver RS wheels???
If so, Don't sand paper them! They are painted so all you'll do is strip the paint off! I got the curb rash on one of my wheels. I'm going to just have them all powder coated black instead of paying to repaint the wheel. You can buy a single wheel pretty cheap too i think. I tried touchup paint that was supposed to be color matched to the wheel and it was not!!! it looks like crap.
Good catch, I totally missed that he said it was a RS. Yes, it should be the painted "midnight silver". So NO DON'T do anything with the spoke! If it looks too bad to leave alone, you should consider replacing the wheel.

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Do you have the midnight silver RS wheels???
If so, Don't sand paper them! They are painted so all you'll do is strip the paint off! I got the curb rash on one of my wheels. I'm going to just have them all powder coated black instead of paying to repaint the wheel. You can buy a single wheel pretty cheap too i think. I tried touchup paint that was supposed to be color matched to the wheel and it was not!!! it looks like crap.
No,i have the polished aluminum wheels. I did not even think about what yours might be. My repair worked pretty good on my polished wheels. I got a sick feeling when I felt the wheel contact the curb, I am very careful usually. On the subject of touch up paint, I had some on order from the dealer. My SS is SIM, when the paint came in, it was called switch blade silver. When it goes on, it looks light, but after it dries, it seems to match. I got a chip in my fascia from driving on a "raked" highway. the car in front of me tossed up a piece of asphalt. Oh well, the "new" doesn't last forever.
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Thanks so much Guys. I did some smoothing with the dremel then sanded. I haven't polished yet. Looks much better. The spoke sure shows the need for some clear coat. I sure hope it spots in OK. Any advice? When I finish, I'll post back.
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