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I scraped the edge of one of my wheels on a curb and it looks a little nasty. Any ideas on the best way to clean it up a bit. Sorry, no pics, not part of my skill set yet.
 

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Well IMO the obvious is run out and spend whatever $100+- to get it back to new ASAP, or...... just live with it for awhile. Your not gonna sell the car so no one will care, it doesn't affect driving, and some times things like this are just a curse your face off and be mad at yourself a bit and it will pass and new things to pi$$ you off will happen to make you forget about this one.
 

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I scraped the edge of one of my wheels on a curb and it looks a little nasty. Any ideas on the best way to clean it up a bit. Sorry, no pics, not part of my skill set yet.
You can have it sent out to have it repaired. It's under $100/rim here.
 

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I did the same, but with both passenger side wheels. Here they want $125 each to repair. I almost made the appointment, but with winter and icy roads just around the corner, I thought I'd wait until spring.
 

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It also depends on how bad it is.. it could effect how well the tire/rim seal together... it's it's more on the "outside" then you're probably fine.

Again, around here... about $125/wheel... funny enough I just had this conversation with the specialty wheel place, as I bought painted alloy rims for my winter tires, and he warned me against going with anything with a machined surface, as the snow/salt would eat away at it, and in about 2-3 years, they would need to be re-surfaced @ $125/wheel... which was the cost of the rim itself!
So I opted for the painted alloy. With that said, I asked why $125/wheel... and he said the machine that does it is worth $250,000 - so they need a solid amount to be able to pay for its use. I guess that's why everyone's prices are pretty standard.
 

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It also depends on how bad it is.. it could effect how well the tire/rim seal together... it's it's more on the "outside" then you're probably fine.

Again, around here... about $125/wheel... funny enough I just had this conversation with the specialty wheel place, as I bought painted alloy rims for my winter tires, and he warned me against going with anything with a machined surface, as the snow/salt would eat away at it, and in about 2-3 years, they would need to be re-surfaced @ $125/wheel... which was the cost of the rim itself!
So I opted for the painted alloy. With that said, I asked why $125/wheel... and he said the machine that does it is worth $250,000 - so they need a solid amount to be able to pay for its use. I guess that's why everyone's prices are pretty standard.
In Ottawa they get sent out to one place in Montreal. It used to be under $100 but it's been 5 years.
 

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It also depends on how bad it is.. it could effect how well the tire/rim seal together... it's it's more on the "outside" then you're probably fine.

Again, around here... about $125/wheel... funny enough I just had this conversation with the specialty wheel place, as I bought painted alloy rims for my winter tires, and he warned me against going with anything with a machined surface, as the snow/salt would eat away at it, and in about 2-3 years, they would need to be re-surfaced @ $125/wheel... which was the cost of the rim itself!
So I opted for the painted alloy. With that said, I asked why $125/wheel... and he said the machine that does it is worth $250,000 - so they need a solid amount to be able to pay for its use. I guess that's why everyone's prices are pretty standard.
Town Fair Tire messed up 4 of my rims on my previous car. They sent them out for repair (machining and recoating). I was OK with that at that time. 3 winters later the rims looked like after chemical erosion. Coat partially missing on all 4 wheels. I would never agree to do that again. New OEM rims would only satisfy me.

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Town Fair Tire messed up 4 of my rims on my previous car. They sent them out for repair (machining and recoating). I was OK with that at that time. 3 winters later the rims looked like after chemical erosion. Coat partially missing on all 4 wheels. I would never agree to do that again. New OEM rims would only satisfy me.

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That's fine when someone else is paying for it. But the OP is paying for this repair or replacement. So I think cost is an important factor.

It would be nice if the Op could post a picture so we can see the extent of the damage and repair needed.
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OP, you're not alone. I did the same to my months old aftermarket Niche wheels. Very slight, but caught the curb and slight scrape on the edge of the rim about 1" long. I cleaned it up, cleaned it out with alcohol, then used the "Clear" end of my Hyundai touch up pen and put several coats of clear over the damaged portion. Not noticeable unless you look real close.

In Ottawa they get sent out to one place in Montreal. It used to be under $100 but it's been 5 years.
Not that this necessarily helps the OP, but thought I would point out that there is this place in West Ottawa: Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists Ottawa
 

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I scraped the edge of one of my wheels on a curb and it looks a little nasty. Any ideas on the best way to clean it up a bit. Sorry, no pics, not part of my skill set yet.
A dremel tool and a good YouTube vid and you're good to go!!!
 

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Be careful on how much you're taking off in one area, doesn't take much to toss it out of balance. Those machines don't cost that much for nothin'.
 

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That's fine when someone else is paying for it. But the OP is paying for this repair or replacement. So I think cost is an important factor.

It would be nice if the Op could post a picture so we can see the extent of the damage and repair needed.
John
I know. What I was trying to say and obviously didn't was that I would not do it either. Just try to get a new rim.

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Thanks to all for the replies. I've decided to live with it. Seems like when I just think about the damage, it always appears a lot worse than when I actually look at it. Shouldn't be any road salt or corrosion problems here in South Mississippi.
 
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