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Old 04-25-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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I got that curb "razor" burn on my brand new 09 Camry's Aluminum alloy wheels. Its not too bad, but it really bothers me. Its around the edges and it is a nice 4 inch scrape on the edge of the rim near the tire. A stupid concrete curb got me


What can I do to fix it for cheap? Anything myself (I am not car savvy). If not, where could I take it and what kind of cost am I looking at? (it is the front passenger tire).
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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Search around your area for mobile wheel refinishing. My mom was driving my dad's Acura RL and rubbed a curb with the car's right front wheel. Not bad but still she felt terrible about it. They came out to my dad's place of work, took the wheel off the car, sanded and filled the rubbed area, painted it to match the wheel finish and put it back on. I think it was $100; certainly much cheaper than buying a new wheel. You can't even tell it was damaged and I'll be damned to figure out which one of the four it was.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: louisiana
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did the scrape gouge out the metal?take some fine sand paper,[real fine]and sand down the 4 " area to get the rough edges gone. sand lightly as not to remove to much metal,you are only trying to smooth the area out. then try some wheel polish,in the area . depending on how bad the scrape is,it will at least make it less noticable.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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Refinish wheel, then get some of these, haha

Get Vintage Pimp Curb Feelers
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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get some of these, haha
Get Vintage Pimp Curb Feelers
Dang .... those are still available ??
Had some in the early 60's ... geesj !!!
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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did the scrape gouge out the metal?take some fine sand paper,[real fine]and sand down the 4 " area to get the rough edges gone. sand lightly as not to remove to much metal,you are only trying to smooth the area out. then try some wheel polish,in the area . depending on how bad the scrape is,it will at least make it less noticable.
Where could I get these supplies? Autozone? May be worth a shot huh
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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I got that curb "razor" burn on my brand new 09 Camry's Aluminum alloy wheels. Its not too bad, but it really bothers me. Its around the edges and it is a nice 4 inch scrape on the edge of the rim near the tire. A stupid concrete curb got me

What can I do to fix it for cheap? Anything myself (I am not car savvy). If not, where could I take it and what kind of cost am I looking at? (it is the front passenger tire).
I'd get some emery paper and try to wet sand it off. If it's as minor as you indicate, you might just get lucky. If not, you're only out a couple dollars and a little time.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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heres a similar pic. The second one down here:

Alloy Wheel Repair
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: louisiana
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the reason for the fine sand paper,is to take out the lines, if you will in the scrape it will make it smooth again. a really fine sand paper. most auto parts stores will have this.take you're time with it.and as a part of the scrape goes away from sanding,do not sand there any more. then when its all gone . polish that area . might help also to take the wheel and tire off of the car and lay it flat. autozone,oreillys,even wall mart will have the real fine sand paper. good luck and let us know how it goes,
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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heres a similar pic. The second one down here:

Alloy Wheel Repair
I don't think you'll be able to sand that down without filling it back in again.
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