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Default Need help fixing curb rash on chrome rims.

Hey everyone,

I have a set of 20" American Racing Chrome Rebels on my 'Stang and I got some minor curb rash last night. It was one of the worst sounds I've ever heard, lol. It's not very noticeable, but I would like to do all I can to fix what is there, without replacing the rim.

So, my question to you is: Do you have any advice on fixing curb rash on Chrome Rims?

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I think you forgot the pics

I have curb rash on my stock rims and they are chrome as well. I was quoted $100-125 per wheel to have them refinished by a local shop. So you could estimate the price to be similar to have yours fixed. You will want to ask around locally and inquire with people who have experience with the shop. I heard discount tire will do it for the same price, I rarely go there because it's usually a bunch of HS kids working there and they tend to not care what happens to your wheels. I have had several discussions with Managers at various Discount Tire stores and how my wheels were damaged by Tech's working. So avoid them entirely unless it's your only resort.
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Thanks for the information. I'm not sure that I want to spend that kind of money to repair them - for $100 more I could just buy a new rim and not have to worry about anything getting screwed up. Plus, it's so minor that you can't even see it without putting your face right up to the rim. The only reason I would want them repaired is because I know it's there.

I was thinking of something that I could do myself, like buffing it and getting some chrome paint to touch up the two noticeable white areas. I just figured you all might have some advice in that range.

Also, thanks for letting me know about the pics. I fixed that - apparently they were originally too big to upload.

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Its funny that you say that, Ive got a few friends from school that work for Discount Tire Co. but theyre not jerks we all value our cars very highly and respect others so theyre not the ones youd be complaining about. I will say that discount tire does have pretty good brands and decent prices.
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Its funny that you say that, Ive got a few friends from school that work for Discount Tire Co. but theyre not jerks we all value our cars very highly and respect others so theyre not the ones youd be complaining about. I will say that discount tire does have pretty good brands and decent prices.
Thanks for the reply, but that doesn't really help answer my question.
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OO well our bad, heres some advice on how to get them rims fixed...Walk out to your garage and get in your v6, go to the rim shop and ask how much its gonna cost. Hell if you leave now and floor it all the way there you MIGHT just make it in time before they close tonight. Be ccareful parking though, we dont want you getting any curb rash, Oh wait I forgot
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OO well our bad, heres some advice on how to get them rims fixed...Walk out to your garage and get in your v6, go to the rim shop and ask how much its gonna cost. Hell if you leave now and floor it all the way there you MIGHT just make it in time before they close tonight. Be ccareful parking though, we dont want you getting any curb rash, Oh wait I forgot
OO well thanks for giving me another useful reply! I'm sure I'll be "ccareful" parking it.
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wow dude, dont gotta be a d!ck about it. he has one of the sickest stangs youll ever see, and you drive an old 96' GT that thats only got a few easy bolt on mods that still doesnt make that muc more power than our 6's. of course hes gonna ask a simple queston on how to get it back to looking new. while its still a mustang,i would worry more about his car than yours anyday.
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I would hope a grown man would have a nicer car than a burger flipping 16year old. And even though my cars "old" Its got just under 75K miles, also those bolt ons are temporary until I get a decent job(those are hard to come by at 16) and can really do what I wanna do with it...
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Hey man, it's funny you say that. I'm 16 too - I paid for the car myself. Hard work pays off, you know?
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Woah, is the fighting necessary? come on now!
To OP: If the scratches aren't too bad, maybe some super fine wet sanding? And then buff most out with a polishing cloth? Not sure what those rims are made of but its worth a shot if it saves you the $$ from buying new rims. It looks like the scratch is deeper than the chrome plating though...hmm
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I must say Im impressed, cept your still running a v6, which may explain why you got the whole front end done. its probably all anyone ever sees, must look great in my rearview...Now what mods did you say youve done to it??...
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To OP: If the scratches aren't too bad, maybe some super fine wet sanding? And then buff most out with a polishing cloth? Not sure what those rims are made of but its worth a shot if it saves you the $$ from buying new rims. It looks like the scratch is deeper than the chrome plating though...hmm
Thanks for the information. The majority of the scratch is deeper than the chrome plating, unfortunately. The rims are a one-piece alloy, if that helps any.

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HA,im pretty sure he is 16 too. and i bought mine when i was 16 also, no one asked for your criticism or you v6 bashing. and bragging about being a burger flipper isn't the best thing you could be doing. just let it die man, this is an informational forum, not a d!ck measuring competition.
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dude honestly, 96 isnt the best year to be bragging about. iv beat many 95-97 gt's...im sure youd be just another one biting the dust. either way, no way to tell unless you decide to drive up to indiana and run em.
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