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kerbed me alloy!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Big Spender, 24 Mar 2006.

  1. Big Spender

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Oct 2004

    Posts: 2,317

    feel like a right ****! went to park on a busy street, and .....CCCRRRUUUNNNCCCHHHH [​IMG]

    not dented at least but substantially scratched, too dark for pics but will tomorrow, what can i do? do halfrauds do some kind of alloy repair kit? or will it have to be a refurb? how much do these cost? its only the one alloy (front offside)

    guess i just need to be more careful :(
     
  2. Rotty

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 41,033

    Location: Notts

    depends how bad it is , as for an alloy repair kit why bother

    rub down with wet and dry
    polish with autosol and the spray lacquer

    you'll be surprised how easy it is and how good the results are ( on minor damage )


    if a refurb is needed it isn't expensive , about £50-60
     
  3. Siliconslave

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Darkest Norfolk

    meh, i do it all the bloody time :( parrallel parking in insainly small spaces on a double parked road kinda eveyday it just becomes a fact of life, lucky my alloys don't really show it :D
     
  4. triggerthat

    Soldato

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    Location: London

    Am guessing you don't check your mirrors?
     
  5. Matteh

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Surrey

    I will remind you of that when you kerb/scrape something mate ;)
     
  6. lordrobs

    Capodecina

    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

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    Location: Norwich

    Never mind mate, unfortunately its just one of those things that is bound to happen eventually :(

    I was lucky and managed to buy some pre-kerbed alloys off the bay. So when I do bang them I can convince myself that perticular scrape was already there :D
     
  7. gavinpoo

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Sep 2003

    Posts: 433

    Location: Derbyshire

    It's a gutter!! I managed to kerb a back alloy turning into a side road which I've never done before and probably could never do again. Just typical that the first time had to be on a brand new car I'd only had a couple of weeks. Would like to get it reconditioned but the outer rim of the wheel isn't painted so not sure that it can be done :(
     
  8. saitrix

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Loughborough

    Do you have to take the tyres off at all to do that?
     
  9. Spanker

    Wise Guy

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    You can normally tuck masking tape between the alloy and tyre, but if you have access to a machine it is easier to have the bead broken. :)
     
  10. What spray lacquer do you use? I want to try and repair a few little scrapes I have on my alloys but am unsure of the right product to buy.
     
  11. Rotty

    Don

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    Location: Notts

    no , just mask up when doing the lacquer
     
  12. Rotty

    Don

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    Location: Notts

    stuff from halfords , shake can really well and test on something before as lacquer can be quite sticky and clog up

    can't use this on the M3 wheels because of the finish but have done others in the past
     
  13. Exoshear

    Associate

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    Location: The land of Eng

    It's very difficult to do it sometimes on roads with no street lights at night.
     
  14. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

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    Location: Loughborough

    Here is my worse alloy (No i didn't kerb it :p). Would i be correct in saying i wont really be able to repair the rim scratch?

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Phantom

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    do your wing mirrors point down towards your rear wheels?

    (hurrah for electric wing mirrors! \o/ )
     
  16. iv-tecman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 May 2005

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    Yep, as viewing the kerb as you drive down a street is more important then viewing actual traffic or a bike that you have just passed.. after all, when we slow down, the bike wont come down the side of the car, so best to keep an eye on the kerb that might damage your alloy rims...
     
  17. Coco

    Wise Guy

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    Think he means with regard to when parking rather than just driving along...

    I'm absolutely awesome at kerbing my wheels!
    I honestly reckon that maybe only 2 or 3 wheels out of 4 car's have escaped my skills! :) / :(
     
  18. Spanker

    Wise Guy

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    If you could get the bead broken and access to a DA sander then yes easily, not as easy without the bead broken but still possible. :) A staturday mornings overtime would partially involve around 50 alloys being refurbished :)
     
    Last edited: 24 Mar 2006
  19. zain

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Jun 2005

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    Just wait, I curbed an expensive wheel its about 3" long and is depressing everytime I look at it :(

    Im a let it build up (lol:S) then get it done, costs me around £30-35 a wheel and the guy makes it look brand new.
     
  20. Big Spender

    Wise Guy

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    would you be able to elaborate a bit more? what sort of grit? sand it wet or dry?

    as you can tell i have no knowledge on how to even remotely do this, perhaps a mini guide to repairing scratched alloys? :)