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Best way fix a curb-ding on alloy wheel rim?

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    Best way fix a curb-ding on alloy wheel rim?

    Scratched / gouged my TransAm alloy wheel rim on psycho-curb! How / where fix? Was pulling into a muni park lot for a lunch i didnt even want go to, and bizarre tight turn into entrance ramp and a hidden / abrasive tall "sucker curb" caught my back rim on the tight turn!!!! :-(
    Rim made it 17 yrs with no dings and then....BAAM ! Anyway, not on the blue 30th Ed. part, just at the chrome rim edge part, but how I fix by self, or you guys have a fave wheel restorer ?

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    I get worst "pot hole" dents, which require having the tire removed for rim. The rim is put on a Lath and knock out dent straightened and sanded and polished. Total price is $85., mounted and balanced.

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    Check the newspaper and car mag. and you could also check a tire store in your area.
    2002 Firebird Formula - 5.7 Liter - "Last of the Breed"

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    Can you post a pic of the damage, please?

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    Lightly touch only the damaged areas with a fine fibrous dryloc wheel to knock down the roughness. Then gently hand sand the damaged areas with 400 wet, then with 600 wet and carefully polish. It'll smooth and blend the damaged areas so they will be far less noticeable.

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    thanks Jeff !

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    I have pics somewhere of the repair work that I did on our stock wheels...

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    I just heard the best words ever spoken by a body shop:

    "A 30th Ann. Ed. Trans-Am...? Bring it by and we'll buff the wheel out.
    Might not even charge you. Love those cars ! "

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyGFirebird View Post
    I just heard the best words ever spoken by a body shop:

    "A 30th Ann. Ed. Trans-Am...? Bring it by and we'll buff the wheel out.
    Might not even charge you. Love those cars ! "
    WHAT? The body shop gents (a top-tier place...) advised NOT to repair the dings as would change the weight of the wheel and make it vibrate at speed. I never even thought of that. Is that just way too conservative (the guys were sincere...) ? I guess sanding down the edges of a rim does change the weight a bot, but whoa... :-)

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    I HIGHLY doubt sanding it will change the wheel weight by any measurable difference....not on the scales they, you or I use. Now if you're using a high-end scale measuring in a thousandth of a lb....yes. Even still, that is why wheels are balanced with weights.
    It's on jackstands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyGFirebird View Post
    WHAT? The body shop gents (a top-tier place...) advised NOT to repair the dings as would change the weight of the wheel and make it vibrate at speed. I never even thought of that. Is that just way too conservative (the guys were sincere...) ? I guess sanding down the edges of a rim does change the weight a bot, but whoa... :-)
    Absolute rubbish.... I cannot emphasise that enough!!!!!

    I have sanded and blended really quite bad knocks and chunks
    in my time and like Jon says, you spin and balance the rim with
    weights anyhow. Have to say that you called the rim chrome in
    your first post. It is polished with a clear coat which is why Jeff
    posted with his "up through the grades" wet and dry method.

    Oh..... STICK ON weights... not those bloody awful hammer on
    weights on the outside of the rim!!!!!!

    :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyGFirebird View Post
    WHAT? The body shop gents (a top-tier place...) advised NOT to repair the dings as would change the weight of the wheel and make it vibrate at speed. I never even thought of that. Is that just way too conservative (the guys were sincere...) ? I guess sanding down the edges of a rim does change the weight a bot, but whoa... :-)
    The tarred gravel bits that you will get attached to the inside of the wheel will change the weight far more than the repair to that wheel will ever do.

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    ^^ Agree with what has been posted. Sand away -- and then if you are concerned have the wheel re-balanced.

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    thanks Gents!

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    Where in NY are you?

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    city area. they recommended a shop in Freeport, Long Island, NY called Wheel Fix It | Rim Repair Services | Nassau County, Long Island, NY

    I think used to be owned or is now by Keystone ? anybody know it ? good rep.?

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    I went to a place in Farmingdale to fix mine, they did a great job. Home

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    This is not a big issue i think u may also fix it easily today

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    prime117, what shop in Farmingdale ?

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