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Old 04-15-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Did I do this?

Hey folks..
Today when washing my car I noticed what to my untrained eye appears to be a clearcoat problem on my polished wheel.

Is this clear coat that has been damaged? If not, what is it? Did I do this? I don't remember scraping any curbs. Is it repairable? Will it be expensive to repair?

Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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What the heck? Thats a weird one... almost looks like the paint just peeled off. Have you been using any really aggressive wheel cleaners or anything? If not I'd say head into the dealer for a warranty claim... might just be a defect.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Thanks Dylan.. glad I have a pro saying "what the heck?" Makes me feel a "little" better.

Nope, nothing but meguires car wash soap. Adams clay bar once or twice and that's about it. Use a microfiber pad when I wash the wheels.

I'll be at the dealer wednesday for the convertible top tsb and point it out to them. See what they say.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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I'm with Dylan on this one, I looking at it using my cell. But do let us know what the dealer says.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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I think mine has this issue as well. Let us know what the dealership says. The previous owner of my car couldn't drive, lots of curb rash.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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This doesn't much resemble curb rash... there doesn't appear to be any gouges or damage, its almost like something just peeled off the surface.

Keep us posted.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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I thought mine was caused by curb rash, but maybe not. Also, it seems like my wheel's clear coat is peeling off or something. Not sure what's going on there, I use a microfiber cloth and it ends up having a lot of bunched up clear stuff coming off of it.

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That looks like the wheel was damaged (hard to tell from the picture) when they mounted it. That is a very smooth abrasion. To be honest it looks like there was damage that somebody attempted to sand out previously based on the lack of a hard edge (in the photo). Give that it is unlikely, I would go with my first guess that it is damage from mounting process.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:02 PM   #9
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Dealer wouldn't warranty it. I asked what do you think caused it? "I don't know" My assumption is they think damage vs defect.
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I'm sure you can find a local wheel repair guy to fix it good as new... sucks that it has to come out of your pocket, but it can be fixed.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:38 AM   #11
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Dealer wouldn't warranty it. I asked what do you think caused it? "I don't know" My assumption is they think damage vs defect.
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Sorry to see.How you been besides? I would try hitting up the dealer again and pressing the issue or go to another dealer(Go to a body shop and get an independent opinion MAY help) Doesn't look like curb rash. Like some others said it looks like the paint peeled.Can you try posting another pic or two. If all else fails like Dylan said maybe give a place like this a call.
http://thewheelwiz.com/the_wheel_wiz/Welcome.html
Some of these mobile wheel repair companies can work wonders and at a price much less than a wheel replacement.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear that. I agree with Dylan. The lines look too straight to be rash. Unless it was done with a razor blade. My daughter rashed up one of my wheels, took it to a wheel repair shop and they quoted $150 to fix the rash and repaint the wheels. Not too bad considering the price of a new wheel.
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Looks like a damaged wheel with bondo on it.
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