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Old 10-04-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default HELP!!!! I have curb rash on my HRE polished wheels

I was not paying enough attention and ran my rear wheel into a curb and got a significant amount of curb rash.

Can anyone give any advice as how to buff this out? The wheel has some significant "grinding" from hitting the curb. I don't know what to use to smooth this out.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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I could give you some tips but would need to see the damage. Post a pic and be glad to take a look. If however if it's really deep and depending on the wheels finish you are far better off having a professional do the repair. Minor curb rash can be greatly diminished, but a deep gouge is entirely different. For the cost of one of those wheels you are better off getting it done at the mfg or some place that has the right tools and know how to make it right. It can be very tricky business based on the type of wheel finish........ Sorry about your misfortune cause it's really a shame to have a messed up wheel when the rest of the car is perfect....
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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I have used a small hand file and sandpaper to remove curb rash on polished wheels, but if it is very deep scratches this will not work. After filing/sanding use a brush and clear laquer to restore the clear coat.
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice. I may just send it back to HRE (to be safe).

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:55 PM   #5
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There are wheel repair companies out there, I had a local shop that specializes in repairs, fix mine, they did a great job
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:59 PM   #6
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Good thing they are polished and not chrome! Find a local wheel repair guy and ask for some pics of work he's done before.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:13 PM   #7
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HRE willl replace the hoops for a fee. its a few hundred bucks.
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I agree. Send them in to HRE and let them fix it.
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HRE will repair them but there are other options.

1. Repair yourself.
If the damage is not horrible, you can use a file, then 320 grit wet sandpaper, then finally Mothers aluminum polish to return it to like new. I've had a couple of minor scratches that this has worked well on.

2. Ship it to Wheel Technologies (or similar company since this seems to be a thriving industry). See their website http://www.wheeltechnologies.com/ I had my HRE center section done by them and they did a perfect job. I got it back withing 24 hours, too.
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:58 AM   #10
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HRE will repair them but there are other options.

1. Repair yourself.
If the damage is not horrible, you can use a file, then 320 grit wet sandpaper, then finally Mothers aluminum polish to return it to like new. I've had a couple of minor scratches that this has worked well on.

2. Ship it to Wheel Technologies (or similar company since this seems to be a thriving industry). See their website http://www.wheeltechnologies.com/ I had my HRE center section done by them and they did a perfect job. I got it back withing 24 hours, too.
I've seen his wheels after the repairs, excellent job, can't tell them from new.

Wasn't there some DIY involved like dis-assembling the wheel to get that 24 hour service from Wheel Technologies?
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:36 PM   #11
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Louisville isnt "toooo far" from Atlanta, GA... there's a place here called "Wheel Wizzards" and they actually work better than magic to bring the wheel rash back to life and glory.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:45 PM   #12
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I was not paying enough attention and ran my rear wheel into a curb and got a significant amount of curb rash.
This happened to one of the wheels on my 03 coupe. I whent to my Chevy dealer and ordered a new wheel.
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:52 PM   #13
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I've seen his wheels after the repairs, excellent job, can't tell them from new.

Wasn't there some DIY involved like dis-assembling the wheel to get that 24 hour service from Wheel Technologies?
In my case, I did remove the center section but I believe their normal service is 24 hours turn around. But, of course, if there is chrome or more serious damage I think it will take longer.

Wheel Technology is one of a number of repair companies for wheels. I suggest checking around your area to find a franchise who is good.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:38 PM   #14
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Thats the beauty of three piece wheels- just replace the outer. i had one done via hre years ago- pretty quick and not too expensive as i recall
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