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Paul330d
08-03-2006
EDIT: Nov. 19, 2007 - pictures re-uploaded

This post is designed to complement the already excellent post on repairing curb rash on a Porsche wheel...
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By 335icopeman on 07-29-2007, 04:44 AM
what kinda of clear coat?
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By BK on 07-30-2007, 10:52 AM
Use Wurth clear with either the Wurth or Einszett (1Z) paint: http://www.properautocare.com/wuhiglclla.html

FWIW, I repaired my 162s with the 1Z paint and the match is good, the same as the Wurth (I had a defective can of Wurth). In other words, about a 98% match -- I can see the difference, but only if I really, really look for it.

The clear coat IMO is hard to get right. Mine doesn't match the OEM clear, but you can't see a difference, just feel it.
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By voltron1011 on 08-27-2007, 05:30 PM
I'm going to be taking up this project soon... I just scratched the hell out of my right rear rim at the Shell station. Hopefully the damage isn't too deep.
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By Sam Da Man on 08-28-2007, 07:18 PM
just got car...was parking while dialing phone...shit scraped my rip in 2 spots...of course the usual F*** F*** F**** SHIT MOTHERF*****....for like 5 mim.. i needs some tips to repair..can i use same process?
Last edited by Sam Da Man; 08-28-2007 at 08:08 PM.
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By E92TT on 08-28-2007, 07:38 PM
pics no work
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By Dennisf on 08-30-2007, 02:52 PM
Is there a way to get the pictures working from the first post in this thread??
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By ///M3NACE on 09-05-2007, 11:53 PM
wat happened to the pics!?!?!?
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By nomore on 09-10-2007, 05:31 PM
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i've got a couple fairly minor rashes on my rims

how well does this repair hold up? what i'm worried about is when you get your tires changed or something, will it damage more easily in the areas repaired? or does it hold up pretty well?
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By stressdoc on 10-12-2007, 09:56 AM
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wat happened to the pics!?!?!?
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By txusa03 on 10-12-2007, 10:35 AM
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wat happened to the pics!?!?!?
HD crashed and wiped out all data (maybe)
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By Paul330d on 11-19-2007, 06:39 AM
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HD crashed and wiped out all data (maybe)
Yeah, sorry. I have managed to find them all again and have re-uploaded them. Hope this helps
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By cgnahc on 04-06-2008, 10:03 AM
Anyone in with left over materials in the LA area? PM me.
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By nomore on 04-25-2008, 02:50 PM
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I'm in the final stages of this repair on one of my wheels, which I'd say was bit more than minor curb rash. Had a handful of areas around the wheel that a couple careless parking jobs created.

I've never done any automotive painting or anything, so I made a few mistakes and probably some assumptions that made this job take longer than it should have. Here are a couple tips for anyone who is a total newbie to this type of thing (like me). Hopefully you can save some time from my screw-ups.

- take the wheel off the car. there's that one example floating around where the guy leaves the wheel on this Porsche. he must be insane b/c this metallic paint wants to stick to everything and everything within 10 ft of where you're working.

- chances are you'll want to do two coats of filler on the damaged areas unless you put it on really heavy the first time (which results in a lot of sanding). if there are any doubts about whether you have it truly filled and even, shoot it with a layer of primer. The paints and primers make all the imperfections stand out, and don't fill nearly as much as you might think they would. Repeat until its perfect. It's a lot harder to fix this stuff once you've got paint on the wheel...

- wet sanding! this may be due to me buggering up the first steps, but if you shoot a few layers of paint on and it feels odd or you see something you missed, wet sand it with 600 or 800. paint, repeat if needed. worst case you'll end up with a really good paint job.

- light coats, over and over. takes a lot less time to do multiple light coats, than fix one overly heavy coat. the metallic paint does some odd things if you get it too heavy and it will show up when it dries.

- hard edges - there are various tutorials on the web with this repair technique, and they all vary a bit, however from my experience you don't want to use any hard masked areas on the face of the wheel for anything, even primer. soft dodge it using a piece of cardboard or something. if you mask areas and end up with paint up against that edge, its a total bitch to sand/smooth out.

- be clean! this is probably the biggest thing. keep the wheel clean at all times. in between and before any primer/paint/clearcoat, clean the wheel! i've been using mineral spirits to get any contaminants off the paint, followed by a tack cloth to pull up any dust/etc. its very hard to get any dust, etc out of the finish once you paint over it.

anyway, i'm on coat 2 of clearcoat right now. paint job looks good, although i ended up having to paint a bit more of the wheel than planned. overall though i think it will turn out ok... will have to sit it next to a clean wheel to see if there's any noticeable difference once i'm all done.

luckily i'm able to drive around on my winter wheels while i mess up, err fix, my summers..
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By simpleE92 on 04-25-2008, 03:03 PM
great job op
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By Mi330xi on 04-25-2008, 03:16 PM
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For those without painted rims, I found a great DIY over at Audiznie, just did this fix this afternoon, looks so much better!

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=113983
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By dmichael on 04-25-2008, 11:51 PM
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What stores carry aluminum putty?
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By nomore on 04-26-2008, 08:11 AM
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i couldn't find aluminum putty so i just used bondo spot putty
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By E92Vancouver on 05-03-2008, 02:18 AM
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That was awesome!!! I just got some curb rash!!!
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By UdubBadger on 06-25-2008, 02:44 AM
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hey so how would i combine fixing curb rash on 4 wheels with painting them from silver to black? just repair the stuff with bondo or whatever and then sand down the entire wheels then paint everything?
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By nomore on 06-25-2008, 07:25 AM
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hey so how would i combine fixing curb rash on 4 wheels with painting them from silver to black? just repair the stuff with bondo or whatever and then sand down the entire wheels then paint everything?
if i were you i would do the repair, but see if any local places can powder coat them for you. might turn out better, unless you've got a lot of experience painting. i know i wouldn't trust myself doing that, especially with black, which will probably show all the flaws a lot more.
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shops want like $500 to paint.
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By rugbyguy on 07-03-2008, 10:48 AM
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Autogeek has the 1Z Silver Spray Wheel Paint and Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer combo for $26.99, used in conjuction with 10% off coupon code "autopia" for a total of $24.29. Shipping was $9.95 to PA which kind of kills the deal though.
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