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Can scratched wheels be fixed?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by energy7, Jan 25, 2017.

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  1. energy7

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    I wound up scratching my 21" wheel yesterday, hitting a small curb that had no business being there. Anyways, any thoughts on how to fix this, short of buying a new rim? The outer layer of the tire was also damage during the contact. The rim is not dented, just a 1" scratch.
     
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    Should be a range of local options for that - wheel refurbish or restore or refinish in Google should find them for you. Painted rims (Turbines)?
     
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    Yes, these are the dark turbine wheels. Can anyone recommend a good wheel repair outfit in the Bay Area, preferably South Bay?
     
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    I'm not in the Bay area, so I can't recommend anyone specific, but I can say that wheel repairs for curb rash can very much be done, and done quite well if the right person does it. I had two of mine redone about 6 months ago, they're flawless again.

    Going rate is about $125 per wheel.
     
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    I had mine fixed on two occasions and Tesla Service took care of it. I had to pay of course but they hire a mobile rim repair guy to take care of it.
     
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    I found a guy in the South Bay with high marks on Yelp that fixes Tesla wheels. Gonna give him a try, here is the before picture: IMG_1724.JPG
     
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    ughhh I hate curb rash. I once took my BMW to a local guy and he made 2 of them look as good as new. It was roughly around $125 a wheel like mentioned above. He did have the car all day, but not sure if that is because he was busy.
     
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    I had mine in for service at the Sunnyvale SC and it came back with a curbed wheel. It sounds like have someone that comes in every few weeks and fixes up a bunch of customer cars in a big batch. I was skeptical, but didn't think they could make it worse so let them try.

    I was utterly shocked at the result. I was absolutely certain they gave me a new wheel. I spent 30 minutes trying to find the damage and failed. Whoever they use does absolutely fantastic work. You should give them a call.

    Edit: Here's what mine looked like.
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    I used a mobile guy that came to my house. He did it for $50/tire. They were rough!

    Before / after
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    $50 per rim? That's awesome! Would never find that pricing out here in the Bay Area however.
     
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    Make a road trip to Dallas!
     
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    I would worry a lot more about the tire than the rim. If you don't want rim rash, drop down to 17 in rims.
     
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    I agree with SNERRUC...be certain to have that tire checked...depending on the depth of the rip, there may be significant sidewall damage!
     
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    For the diy'ers, does something like this help?



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    I had two of my 21" grey turbine wheels refurbished (one stone chip, one kerbed) and they look as good as new, so should be fine. A lot of places aren't designed well for wide cars here in the UK!

    I have now fitted grey Alloygators, which look fine and I'd definitely recommend them.
     
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    Looks fairly easy but I don't have the time to do this. If I had a cheaper car I may try it but I'll prefer a pro for my particular job.

     
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    #18 kevincwelch, Jan 29, 2017
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    Yes, it does work. But sanding cast wheels can take a lot of effort sometimes. You'd have to get a variety of sandpaper grits and damp sand the wheels. Plastidip is incredibly cheap and it can look incredibly awful when done poorly, especially if it drips at all. Once it scratches or peels, it can look worse than it did before you got the curb rash.

    On top of that, if you have deep gouges in your wheels, you may need to have a filler applied.

    If you're gonna go DIY, sand and fill with Bondo. Then paint the wheels with VHT paint after cleaning thoroughly and priming.

    Your best bet is to have the wheels professional repaired and powder coated. This is more expensive, but it's done professionally and is much more durable.
     
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    I have curve rash on one of my wheels too.
     
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    Any recommendations for wheel repair in SoCal area?
     

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