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Old 12-05-2010, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Curb Rash Repair Advice 2011 WRX Stock Rim



very small I know, thankfully. maybe I can do this myself with limited tools without taking the rim and tire off? any advice is appreciated in advance. I already emailed a mobile rim repair guy in my area but if yous think I could do it I might.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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Personally if it bothers you i would pick up a wheel in perfect condition and sell the curbed one. I have never seen a wheel repair turn out perfect.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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^^ Agreed.
That damage is so minor, just put on a bit of touch up paint and forgedaboudit.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:11 PM   #4
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^^ Agreed.
That damage is so minor, just put on a bit of touch up paint and forgedaboudit.

I wouldnt, it'd look like ****. I've fixed countless curbed wheels before, even one that was curbed/chunked a little. Its deff fixable and easily fixed to make it look OEM and new again.


to make the wheels look right you should sand down that whole lip so its even and smooth, along with every other wheel, and spray them all so they all are the same color/shade. They make wheel paint in an almost identical color as your OEM wheels are painted, made by DuPont
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:24 PM   #5
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its going to happen again. 2011's haven't even been out for a year, and you've curbed the wheel already. wait until the wheel is getting fairly bad, then get it repaired. same cost either way.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:30 PM   #6
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Thanks. I'm going to look at matching paint options out there. Sucks tho. So new. I think it would be difficult to sand just the whole lip though. The spokes/face meet flush with the lip so there is no defined separation.

I dont think I would be too unhappy with a ****ty touch up job as long as you cant see the bare metal.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #7
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Oh no. This is why the minute you drive the car off the lot, it decreases in value 3g the same day.
yours is just depreciating, its normal. If you fix it, your car is worth 3g less than it was new, if you dont fix it, it is still worth 3g less. leave that its a scar and every scar has a story to tell. Show cars are trailered, not driven to avoid this.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:50 PM   #8
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i would just touch it up, because the likelihood of you matching one wheel to the other three is slim. plus its so small, forget about it, slap some snows on those wheels use them for winter and get some quality summer wheels. not rotas lol.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #9
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its going to happen again. 2011's haven't even been out for a year, and you've curbed the wheel already. wait until the wheel is getting fairly bad, then get it repaired. same cost either way.

you took the words out of my mouth that he all ready ****ed up his wheels, but I figured I'd give some helping info.

You might be right, rock the ****ed up wheels because its obvious you'll be ****ing these ones up more.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:27 PM   #10
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I have fixed aluminum wheels before with an aluminum welder. You just have someone weld a bead over the scuff, then grind it down till it looks like it used to and paint it the same color. Any decent machine shop should be able to do the aluminum work for a fairly cheap price.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:54 PM   #11
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I have fixed aluminum wheels before with an aluminum welder. You just have someone weld a bead over the scuff, then grind it down till it looks like it used to and paint it the same color. Any decent machine shop should be able to do the aluminum work for a fairly cheap price.
so these are painted aluminum?
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:03 PM   #12
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I have fixed aluminum wheels before with an aluminum welder. You just have someone weld a bead over the scuff, then grind it down till it looks like it used to and paint it the same color. Any decent machine shop should be able to do the aluminum work for a fairly cheap price.
that would cost more than what i suggested and most likely not match and not be as durable.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:22 PM   #13
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that would cost more than what i suggested and most likely not match and not be as durable.
ohh ok...... No body else post any ideas. Apparently the only option has already been listed.

Here is an even cheaper idea.. since this is a painted aluminum wheel you could sand down the area and put a little bondo in it. Then sand it smooth and re-paint it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:59 PM   #14
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ohh ok...... No body else post any ideas. Apparently the only option has already been listed.

Here is an even cheaper idea.. since this is a painted aluminum wheel you could sand down the area and put a little bondo in it. Then sand it smooth and re-paint it.
i did custom wheels for 7 years, been down the road many times with wheel repairs. they never turn out good. trying to help with the best results the first time around.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:46 PM   #15
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Maybe its just me, or maybe my location, but how do you manage to hit curbs?
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #16
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Street parking. I park on a busy street so I try to get as close to the curb as possible. In the past I actually bumped into it hard with other vehicles. This was not my fault. It was a curb made out of those bricks. One was sticking out like someone hit it with a lawnmower or shovel. I'm dealing with it ok today. Ruined my yesterday though.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:57 PM   #17
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ohh ok...... No body else post any ideas. Apparently the only option has already been listed.

Here is an even cheaper idea.. since this is a painted aluminum wheel you could sand down the area and put a little bondo in it. Then sand it smooth and re-paint it.
I've used this method before and found the next best thing to a colour match for the wheel. Unable to detect where the repair was if I'm standing beside my car and looking down at the wheel, so I doubt anyone else can unless they're trying very, very hard.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #18
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got a quote of about 65 bucks to fix it on site which is sweet. im pretty much over it now though. i'll get some winter wheels and let them fix this one in the off season at some point maybe. Thanks for the advice and drama!
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:33 PM   #19
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Man, I did the same thing to my 2011 today. Was leaving my bank drive-through line and didn't realize they had a 4" high curb...drifted to the right just a little and grinded the edge of my R/F wheel. I think it will clean up with a dremel tool, but I'm wondering what type of paint and what color to use - any suggestions? Thx
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #20
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Man, I did the same thing to my 2011 today. Was leaving my bank drive-through line and didn't realize they had a 4" high curb...drifted to the right just a little and grinded the edge of my R/F wheel. I think it will clean up with a dremel tool, but I'm wondering what type of paint and what color to use - any suggestions? Thx
if u find out lemme know
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:13 AM   #21
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I'e done it to mine parallel parking in a hurry. Whoops. **** it though, they are just rims and while they are nice there are certainly nicer ones out there. Wait until they are really F'ed and then just upgrade rims. I didn't really scrape mine like you did though, my paint just chipped off the rim.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:26 PM   #22
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I have a bit of curb rash on my left rear as well. Cut a corner to short and it scrapped. Going to get some nice summer rims so there will be the winters.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:37 PM   #23
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fmlllllllll this shizz happend to me today too! my paint is scratched off but barely or none of the metal.

emailed a mobile wheel repair guy to see how much it costs. anyone know the paint color / code for 2011 wrx stockers?

OP - did you ever find a solution??
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:28 PM   #24
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No I left it. If you find anything like a paint code for the wheel definitely post it please. A little touch up couldn't hurt. A local NJ mobile rim guy wanted like 75 for this. Not so bad at all. But no guarantee on the paint match.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:31 AM   #25
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here's some pictures
it looks like only the paint came off so i'm thinking about just sanding it up and adding some touch up paint
a mobile rim repair company quoted me $125 for it, ridiculous, I can almost buy a new rim for $75 more.

how badly do you think the damage is?

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