Wheel Repair – Do It Yourself
I recently purchased factory 21″s for my 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS from a seller on Craigslist. This option retails for $5,400, but I was able to buy them for less than $2,000. However, there were a few scuffs on one of the wheels. Since these are polished wheels, I thought I would try and repair the damage myself. I purchased a wet sanding kit specifically made for cars. Grits in this kit included 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000. I also purchased some Mother’s polishing rub.
Here is what the scuff looked like prior to my attempt to repair the damage. As you can see in the photo, there are numerous marks on the wheel and they are very obvious.
I started with grit 1000 and began wet sanding the area with the damage. I then switched to 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000. With each grit change, I would sand a little extra to try and blend the damaged area with the rest of the wheel.
After 20 minutes of sanding using the different grits, I then applied numerous coats of the Mother’s polishing rub. It’s a big improvement compared to the initial photo. I plan to buy another kit which starts at 500 grit. There is one small pit that was a little too deep for the 1000 grit. The 500 grit should remove all traces of the pit.
I hope you find this “Do It Yourself” guide useful!