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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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Old 07-31-2013, 01:02 AM   #35
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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?
Ya I used clear coat in a can. I sprayed it into a small container and then brushed it on. You can see the transition only because I brushed it on quickly and left brush marks. You can only tell if you are like 1 foot away. I was going to sand it down a tad so you can't see the brush marks but I ran out of time.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #36
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Nice job! What did you use for polishing?
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #37
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Nice job! What did you use for polishing?
Any polish for aluminum should work good. I used flitz polish.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:10 PM   #39
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This is a great post. My wife was heartbroken when she brushed a high curb with polished 20" RS rims. I bought a reconditioned wheel right away, then learned from one of my customers, Suhner Industrial Power Tools, how to use a 4 step process and an angle grinder to bring the scuffed rim back to new. Now I have a spare rim that will hold a spare tire once the OEM's wear out. This post may save someone from spending hundreds on a reconditioned rim.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:36 PM   #41
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This is a great post. My wife was heartbroken when she brushed a high curb with polished 20" RS rims. I bought a reconditioned wheel right away, then learned from one of my customers, Suhner Industrial Power Tools, how to use a 4 step process and an angle grinder to bring the scuffed rim back to new. Now I have a spare rim that will hold a spare tire once the OEM's wear out. This post may save someone from spending hundreds on a reconditioned rim.
Thanks it saved me a good bit of money.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:41 AM   #42
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Pot Hole got Me. How bad do you think this is?
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:08 AM   #43
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Pretty nasty gash. Hard to tell from the pic but you should be able to repair it. You may notice a slight dip in the wheel after the repair since it does look like a deep gash. Cheaper than buying a new wheel though. You can fix it with the tire on but would be easier if it was taken off the wheel.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:21 AM   #44
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Thank you, I'll use your method and give it a go!
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:30 AM   #45
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Thank you, I'll use your method and give it a go!
You are welcome. I actually just created another thread with another method incase you would like to look it over before you get to work.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371165
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