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Scratched Mag!! Not Happy Jan!!

On the way to Training last night I had some moron tailgating me up the street. As soon I slowed down and Indicated to go into the gym the moron decided to overtake. Just as he gets next to me and up a bit he must have noticed the car coming in the opposite direction so of course he panics and swerves back into the lane! I hit the breaks and had to head toward the gutter to avoid the hitting me! I hit the gutter at about 10 - 15ks on an angle! As I mounted the gutter i heard a scraping noise and yep wouldnt ya know it, my brandnew wheels are scratched!
Unfortunatly i didnt get his rego, it happened too fast!! I am sooo pissed off! If only it happened 2 weeks ago! This happend in a suburban street a 50 zone. Houses both sides. Parked cars everywhere! Luckily I guess there was no other damage as I was already slowing down! Only one wheel is damaged and its only minor. Looks like I have to buy the 5th wheel asap! Anyone got advice on how to repair it?

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Not sure where you are located, but if you were in the ACT, I'd recommend the wheel factory. They did a sweet job on a set of momo rims on a previous car of mine.

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Re: Scratched Mag!! Not Happy Jan!!

that happen to me, brand new wheels tryed to move over down an alley for someone and scratched about 15 cm or so on the new wheels.NOT HAPPY JAN .any one know any where in syd that can fix this??

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Im in Melbourne. I dont think the damage is "fixable" but I dont want it to Start rusting or anything. Even when it becomes the Spare wheel I still want it to look ok!
I Could sand the scratched parts smooth to make it match the rest of the wheel... well sort of anyway!
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i am pretty sure that you don't have problems with magnesium alloy rusting.. Although most mag wheels aren't high in magnesium so cheaper wheels may have some form of oxidisation problems. By expensive wheels I mean $4000 a wheel..

However my chemistry may be the rusty thing..

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Re: Scratched Mag!! Not Happy Jan!!

You wont get rust technically, you will get oxidation so it will go a dull colour instead of being bright, and they are always repairable, but at a cost, they fill/weld the damaged area, and then machine the wheel back to original shape, then polish it or whatever after that.

If you want it to just look ok, then get some 600 and 1200 wet and dry and some autosol do the wet sandpaper rub down with 600 till it is looking like you want, then 1200 wet it to perfect as you want it, then autosol the shine back into it, and it will also protect it and stop oxidation of the wheel.

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Depending on the type and the amount of damage.

There is a mag wheel repair shop in Moorabbin called 'Advanced Alloy', give them a go.

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Repair shops can work wonders on rims - have seen a chunk missing out of a wheel, and they managed to fix it - you would never know the difference...

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if they are a polished wheel simply sand the scraped edge back with a really fine sand paper and use metal polish ... i had a slight scrape once and i fixed it myself and you cant tell or even see it anymore.

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Cheers guys.
Its not quiet a Light scratch it more of a Deep rough chunk missing about 2 cm x 1 cdm and a small scratch about an inch farther arounf the wheel. I think ill give one of these repair places a call and see what the damage to the wallet will be!
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