How To Fix Curb Rash Without Losing Luster
If you just got your vehicle detailed or are planning to do so fixing curb rash is something you should know. Yes, the rims were/are expensive – but do not lose your head and go ballistic.
Yes! the damaged rims may look a bit like a massive chunk of flagstone to you but there is very simple solution that have them looking good as new in no time. The best part about these tips on how to fix cub rash, is you can do this in a day in your garage – with materials that cost less than $50.
Even better, if your car changes hands often or you have poor eyesight – or are just poor at parking, you could have wheel bands installed. It takes less than 40 minutes to install the bands and you can find them in colors that complement your set of rims.
DIY Solution Will Require
1. Sand Paper
Assorted grades of sand paper including 80, 220 and 2500 grit.
If you have some protective coating on the rims that needs to be removed before you start repairing, then the assorted grades sand paper is very important.
2. Aluminum Polish
If you want a perfect result, the aluminum polish will be the perfect product for you.
All preprocessed polish/compounds vary in performance. Ask around and identify the best polish for your needs before making a payment.
3. Protective Eyewear
It is very important to protect yourself when you do this work. Therefore, it is recommended to wear protective eyewear and stay away from hurting your eyes with the vapors from the spray.
4. Filtered Water
Some filtered water – useful for dampening the sand paper.
5.Soft Polishing Cloths – Preferable Flannel
Micro fiber is readily available and will keep your car clean without scratches.
Tips From The Experts: Wire Bands
While chrome rims are expensive, you could just have the super tough wire bands installed over the lip of your rims. This tough plastic cover acts like car bumper and will absorb much of the impact keeping rims free from scratches and lees prone to bends – essential protection from curb rash. The wire bands can be customized for all rims – and you can have these easily and cheaply installed on all your vehicles.
Installation takes under 40 minutes and will ensure your rims are always safe from parking blunders.
You get to add some color and only replace the band when the damage renders it useless or makes the rim begin looking unsightly.
While the above steps have been repeated by countless vehicle owners to restore scratched rims, they will probably not help fix bends. For that degree of damage it is advisable to have the restoration done have the restoration done by a trained auto mechanic.
For the above reason, it is advisable to have your car wheel alignment checked after finishing rim restoration with the above procedure. Having the alignment done will reveal any underlying problems and save you time and money you would otherwise have spent on new tires soon after the restoration is done.