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Unfortunately, two weeks or so into my Z06 experience, I have F'd up and touched my front right rim onto a curb rushing to park. I generally back in when parallel parking, especially with the Z, and make sure I'm not going to catch rim, but not on this occasion.. :mah:

anyway, are there options on the Z06 magnesium wheels other than replacing? Can you repair the wheel? I've never had "curb rash" on any of my other vehicles before, and frankly, it makes me sick!ha :puke: :puke:

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.. and thanks in advance because I'm getting on my wife's nerves whining about the wheel..haha
 

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There are places that will refinish your aluminum wheels, but not knowing anyone specific any more, I'd call Tire Rack and ask one of the guys- they've always been helpful to me.
 

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Wits-Z said:
Unfortunately, two weeks or so into my Z06 experience, I have F'd up and touched my front right rim onto a curb rushing to park. I generally back in when parallel parking, especially with the Z, and make sure I'm not going to catch rim, but not on this occasion.. :mah:

anyway, are there options on the Z06 magnesium wheels other than replacing? Can you repair the wheel? I've never had "curb rash" on any of my other vehicles before, and frankly, it makes me sick!ha :puke: :puke:

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.. and thanks in advance because I'm getting on my wife's nerves whining about the wheel..haha
I think ZO6 wheels are Aluminum not Magnesium but I could be wrong. :cheers:
 

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magnesium??

Actually, I'm not sure where I got magnesium in my mind.. they are the stock 2003 Z06 wheels.. maybe a gunmetal grey paint on aluminum rims?? In any event, the damage isn't awful, but of course I have to obsess about it and get my face right down there so it can drive me nuts.. ha :screwy:
 

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Really sorry. I feel your pain.

Depends on how deep it is scratched. A good wheel shop should be able to advise you. I'm sure it can be repaired, but would likely involve re-painting the whole wheel and you need to make sure the paint matches and finish is as durable as original. May cost a few $$ and you are wheel-less in the mean time. If you want another wheel, you can post on the "for sale" section here and perhaps somebody has a nice one to sell you. Or search the web for OEM takeoff dealers who might sell you just one. I am actually having a set powder coated black with a machined finish on the rim right now. If you have considered that, it might be a good time to re-finish all of your wheels. I would guess that shallow marks will easily be removed in the machining/polishing process. HTH
 

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They can be repaired easily. Check with the high-end car dealerships in your area like Mercedes, Jag etc. Usually they have a contractor who visits each week to repair their customers' rash problems. I found a great contractor at my local Mercedes dealership who smoothed amd repainted the wheel to the point where I was unable to see where the work was done. The cost was $30.

I'm sure there is someone in your area who does the same thing. Good luck.
 

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I scratched one of mine pretty good. :mah: I sanded the roughness off. Filled in the scratches with glazing spot putty & finished by wet sanding with 400 git wet/dry sand paper. Got some Dupilcolor primer and DSGM 435 paint, masked it off and painted it. I am not a good painter but if you don't know it is there and don't get your nose right up to it you can't tell it has been repaired. :D

Masking it off was harder than fixing it.

A few weeks ago I did it again to a different wheel :flaming:. You would think I could learn to drive by this time. :roll: It was a piece of cake to fix this one, but I don't plan to be doing it again. :NoNo: :z:
 

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How bad is the curb rash?

If not too bad, there is GM paint for touch-up.

Otherwise you are looking at about $100/wheel to re-polish and paint the rim.

Sorry.
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Thanks a lot!

Thanks for the replies.. I guess I'l look into repair shops, and I really like the idea of checking with the service folks at the local porche, bmw and mercedes dealerships for their specialists..

Now if I can just walk by the Z without stairing at that little scuff on the rim in the interim!!ha :screwy:
 

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Go to your local hadware store and pick up some Devcon liquid steel (or any like product). Clean the area and surrounding area well with brake clean or any non intrusive cleaner. Ensure there are no "high spots" on the road rashed area. Sand/file them down if present. Mask off the area to include 1/2" into the good, non scuffed areas of the wheel. Apply the devcon and smooth with finger tips. Make sure you don't put it on any thicker than it needs to be to cover the gooves and scratches. You'll find out why the call it liquid steel :) . Sand with various grades of sand paper until it blends into the 1/2" of unscuffed wheel. finish with a 400 grit wet sand. Apply the GM toch-up paint as smoothly as possible. After it cures you can blend into the other paint with a 1000 grit wet sand. You can mask it off again and apply some spray clear coat. Mike sure you use a polyurethane made for wheels. Advance or Autozone should have it. Wet sand after it cures for blending.
 

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if you end up buying reproduction chrome rims or others, please let me know if you want to sell your rears 18x10.5 speedline.

Elizabeth
 

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There is a place in Burlington, NJ called Wheel Works. It's on Rt 130. They have fixed Z06 rims for me in the past. It's not far from you. You will have to bring them the unmounted rim(s).
 

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There is a place in Burlington, NJ called Wheel Works. It's on Rt 130. They have fixed Z06 rims for me in the past. It's not far from you. You will have to bring them the unmounted rim(s).
They do excellent work, I saw one of the rims, before and after the repair. :thumb:
 

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yea -i've done it now with two sets of wheels-- :drunk: dah :bang: ,anyway a silver touch up paint at the local parts store matches almost perfect-used a small "pumice' stone to sand the area if its small and the silver paint-ya gotta get up close to tell :cool:
at the rate i'm going with my luck parking my Z-
shees' i gotta do better =-so i touch up until the next time-or buy 1 rt ft show wheel :lol:
 
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