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Old 07-16-2013, 02:55 AM   #18
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Wow, what damage? They look great
Ha ha thanks man. Crappy phone can't get the bad spots. It really is hard to see the areas that are not perfect even in person. Like I said with more time you could get them perfect or darn close.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:57 AM   #19
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Those pics lol

I was just saving some spots for pics man. Now you can check it out.
Ok. You did a very good job of repairing your wheels. They do not even look like they where damaged.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:05 AM   #20
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What curb rash? Great job
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:00 AM   #21
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Nice job..I've used a dremel before too and wheels respond pretty well as they are soft. More should try this, nothing to lose...you really can't make it worse!
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:16 AM   #22
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Looks great. I have a wheel that needs a little attention. I wonder how difficult it will be to do with the tire on?

The polished wheels have a clear coat on them, right? I wonder what's going to happen in the areas where you ground, sanded and polished the clear coat off?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #23
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I thought the RS wheels were painted?

http://www.camaro5.com/piant-code-for-the-rs-wheels/

I had some small road rash (previous owner) and tried to sand it down such as what the OP did. It appeared the wheel was made of clear coat, midnight silver paint, dark primer, alumimum.

just wondering if this is same same.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:40 PM   #24
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Ok. You did a very good job of repairing your wheels. They do not even look like they where damaged.


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Nice job..I've used a dremel before too and wheels respond pretty well as they are soft. More should try this, nothing to lose...you really can't make it worse!
ya more people should try it. Especially with the polish wheels or even MS wheels with light scratches.

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Looks great. I have a wheel that needs a little attention. I wonder how difficult it will be to do with the tire on?


The polished wheels have a clear coat on them, right? I wonder what's going to happen in the areas where you ground, sanded and polished the clear coat off?
post a pic of your damage. It depends on where the damage is and how bad it is. I was surprised how much I was able to remove scratches without going through the clear coat.

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I thought the RS wheels were painted?

http://www.camaro5.com/piant-code-for-the-rs-wheels/

I had some small road rash (previous owner) and tried to sand it down such as what the OP did. It appeared the wheel was made of clear coat, midnight silver paint, dark primer, alumimum.

just wondering if this is same same.
My car is an RS but I added the polished aluminum wheels, so I do not have the midnight silver wheels. Yes the MS wheels are not just clear coat so there is a lot more work involved. You would have to get primer and the paint and clear coat to fix them properly.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:49 PM   #25
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post a pic of your damage. It depends on where the damage is and how bad it is. I was surprised how much I was able to remove scratches without going through the clear coat.
If you're grinding with a stone dremel tool, I think you're through the clear coat before you start. But maybe it doesn't matter that much on the edges of the wheel.

I have some damage similar to what you show in your first picture but not all the way around the wheel.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #26
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ive been wanting to do them but dont want to mess them up even more. great job!
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:38 PM   #27
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ive been wanting to do them but dont want to mess them up even more. great job!
Thank you. Well I really couldn't mess mine up anymore than they already were lol



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If you're grinding with a stone dremel tool, I think you're through the clear coat before you start. But maybe it doesn't matter that much on the edges of the wheel.

I have some damage similar to what you show in your first picture but not all the way around the wheel.
Oh ya you are definitely going through the clear coat when you are grinding man. Some places you can see the difference but barley. Like I said the best way would be to strip the clear coat off the wheel and re clear the whole wheel. I just didn't have the time to do it. I have another one I am going to strip and fix, so I will see how that one comes out.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:37 PM   #28
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Oh ya you are definitely going through the clear coat when you are grinding man. Some places you can see the difference but barley. Like I said the best way would be to strip the clear coat off the wheel and re clear the whole wheel. I just didn't have the time to do it. I have another one I am going to strip and fix, so I will see how that one comes out.
I'll add that with the scrapes on the rim to start, you're already through the clear anyway.

I did the exact same fix to my rear rim this weekend and it's much better than just leaving it look like a cheese grater. Great save!
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #29
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I'll add that with the scrapes on the rim to start, you're already through the clear anyway.

I did the exact same fix to my rear rim this weekend and it's much better than just leaving it look like a cheese grater. Great save!

Yes, if you have a good scrape on your wheel it's through the clear coat anyway. You will remove even more clear coat fixing the damage but it will look tons better than a gouged up wheel. You really can't even tell the clear coat isn't there unless you look really close.

That's also why I just took a small brush and went over the spots I fixed with a little clear coat. It's not prefect by all means but 99% of people would never see anything but a great looking wheel. You would have to get up close and personal to really see anything that was fixed.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:41 AM   #30
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This is a good thread. A similar thing happened on our RS except the curb really scraped up the face of one spline on the rim. My wife was heartbroken. I immediately ordered a remanufactured rim, that I am marginally impressed with. The inside of the rim was polished so it doesn't match the other three as well. I contacted one of my customers that deals in abrasives and he sent me a pack of 4 different grades of abrasive wheels to use on my angle grinder. After 45 minutes of delicate and nervouse application, I am amazed that the scratches and gouging is gone! Now I have a a spare 20" rim waiting for a tire. I wish I would have read your thread a year ago. If anyone would like pics, send me a message. I can always check the abrasive grades at home and post them if it would help someone. the Abrasives were from Suhner.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:16 PM   #31
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This is a good thread. A similar thing happened on our RS except the curb really scraped up the face of one spline on the rim. My wife was heartbroken. I immediately ordered a remanufactured rim, that I am marginally impressed with. The inside of the rim was polished so it doesn't match the other three as well. I contacted one of my customers that deals in abrasives and he sent me a pack of 4 different grades of abrasive wheels to use on my angle grinder. After 45 minutes of delicate and nervouse application, I am amazed that the scratches and gouging is gone! Now I have a a spare 20" rim waiting for a tire. I wish I would have read your thread a year ago. If anyone would like pics, send me a message. I can always check the abrasive grades at home and post them if it would help someone. the Abrasives were from Suhner.

Thank you!! I wish there was a thread on this as well hence the reason I started it so others could try this on their own.

Feel free to post your pictures and how you did it. That is why I made this thread so others could share their experiences so we could help others.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:15 PM   #32
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Good save! I have a few wheels as well that need this done.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:50 AM   #33
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Good save! I have a few wheels as well that need this done.

Thanks for sharing!
Glad to help man!!! There will be some fine scratches left but from even a few feet away most won't ever even see them.

May want to try doing a final sand with 3000 grit to make it cleaner.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #34
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Did you actually use the "clear coat in a can"? I cant tell from the pics.

If so, can you tell were the transition is?
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