How To Repair Scratched Alloy Wheels

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There is nothing worse than scratched alloy wheels, well, in terms of aesthetics at least. If your wheels are scratched, you will be pleased to know that it is a problem which can be rectified fairly easily (providing the scratch is not too bad). You are going to need a few supplies to begin with:
• Clean towel
• Scuff Pad
• Sandpaper (both coarse and fine)
• Masking tape
• Paper
• Glass Cleaner
• Automotive spray. Both primer and clear coat.
• Silver alloy wheel paint

Start by cleaning the scuffed area with some glass cleaner and your towel. This is vital. If the area is unclean when you start with the repair job, it is likely that you will make the problem a whole lot worse.

Now, get your coarse sandpaper and start sanding out those scratches. You want the area to be as smooth as possible. This means eliminating all of those jagged edges. After this, use your scuff pad to completely scuff the area. You should be scuffing about six inches around the area that you are going to be working with.
Now you are going to need to start to protect the rest of the area. This means masking out the areas that you do not wish to paint with your masking tape and paper. Use newspaper, it tends to work well. You can be fairly liberal with the paper. You do not want to be getting anything on the actual tyre because this will, of course, ruin the overall aesthetics.

Now spray on four coats of that primer. You should only be spraying onto areas which have been scuffed. If you do manage to get some primer on some unscuffed areas, you can quickly buff it out.

After the four coats have been applied, you can leave it to dry. There is a good chance that there may be some small bumps in the coat. If that is the case, sand them down using your fine sandpaper.

Next, spray the wheel with your paint. Obviously, you are going to want to make sure that it is as close in colour to the rest. If you are unsure, test it on a smaller area of the wheel. Some people will add some black paint into the mixture if the colour is not exact. This is something that you can also try. If paint gets somewhere that you do not want it to be, just add some paint thinner and it will go rather quickly.

Finally, apply your clearcoat. 2 layers should be fine. Once this has dried, you can clean up the area. It shouldn’t take too long. In most cases, this will be nothing more than giving it a quick ‘dust down’ whilst also removing that paint and masking tape. The scratches, if you have done things correctly, should be almost invisible (although, sadly, you will still be able to see, roughly, where you have painted over the scratch, but to most people, it won’t be noticeable)

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