How to Repair Scratched Alloy Wheels




Introduction: How to Repair Scratched Alloy Wheels

In this instructable we are going to show you how to easily repair common wheel damage in just about 30 minutes.

What you need:
  • Silver alloy wheel paint
  • Automotive spray primer
  • Automotive spray clear coat
  • Glass cleaner
  • Scuff pad
  • Cleaning towel
  • Fine and coarse sandpaper
  • Masking tape and paper

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Step 1: Clean Area

Clean the repair area using some glass cleaner and a clean towel.

Step 2: Sand Area

If the damaged area is near the wheel lip, mask it off before proceeding.

Using coarse sandpaper sand out the scratches, cuts or jagged edges until they are completely smoothed out.

Step 3: Scuff Area

Scuff about six inches around the repair area.

Step 4: Mask Area

Mask off the wheel using tape and butcher paper or newspaper to protect it from overspray.

Step 5: Apply Primer

Apply 3-4 light coats of primer, trying to avoid spraying an area that you did not sand. If you do scuff it out using your pad.

If there are any bumpy spots, wait 10 minutes and sand them down using fine sandpaper.

When you are finished wipe away any dust.

Step 6: Apply Paint

Though 9 out of 10 wheels can be repainted with pure silver, test the spraypaint out on a small portion of your wheel to see if it matches. If not, gradually add some black paint and re-test until you get a match.

Once you are ready, mist it on to blend the repair in.

If you end up getting paint on an area you did not want to, like the wheel or lugnuts, just wipe it down with some paint thinner or nail polish remover.

Step 7: Apply Clearcoat

Apply two light coats of clearcoat over the silver paint.

Step 8: Cleanup

Wait 10 minutes, remove any masking tape and paper, and you are good to go.

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    4 Discussions


    6 years ago

    I would agree with mparacord on this. I also work in a tire and wheel shop and yes "curb rash" happens but unless you plan to get exact matching paint from the cars manufacture this just won't cut it. on the other hand if you sand and paint all 4 wheels then they would match perfectly. idea and work put in is nice but just not "correct" but I give an A for the effort and making an instructable while working I know I forgot to take pics of projects I'm in the middle of.


    6 years ago

    I have to disagree with 9 out of 10 wheels being the same color. I work for a huge wheel reman company we have hundreds of colors for automotive wheels. Trust these instructions if you don't care about your wheels not matching.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable but it would be better to take the wheel off the car.