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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2006, 8:14 am Thread Starter
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Angry Wheel scratches

Well, hate to admit it but my recent tire mounting went amuck and the rear wheel popped loose from the super-duper red-china harbor freight tire changer while I was removing the old skin, causing some fugly scratches along the rim. Purely cosmetic, anyone have suggestions for cleaning up minor scratches along the rim? Any suggestions for cleaning them up? My vanity ends at around $50 bucks, so new powder coat or new wheel are out of the question.

Reading around a bit for car wheels, I saw one person reference using very high wet sanding in the scratches (to clean out the color and gunk), and then epoxy over the gouge? Is there a better way (short of buying a better tire changer )
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If you need a spare gorilla to hold the wheel in place let me know. Ah the learning curve can be high. Fouled a few things myself.

Wow I didn't know BMW made motorcycles, Yeah I think Honda does too.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2006, 3:55 pm
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When you get a few more scratches they all start to blend in and it's really only you that probably notices them, especially if you are cleaning and keeping the rims like new.

On most paint scratches you will need to use a filler of some sort. But, re-touching in my opinion rarely matches and you can make a small ding into something bigger which can look worse. You'll get some suggestions on paint matches, and I read there's a wheel paint for BMW cages that is close.

On small areas I prefer to use a Badger airbrush 'cos you can feather the area back so the colour blends better, although silver paints are difficult to match . Most paint finishes now have a clear lacquer coat over the top, so it's not so easy to use a 900 - 1200 grit paper or abrasive compounds to polish them out. After using an abrasive, you'll probably end up with a flat paint finish and would need to airbrush on some clearcoat lacquer, and polish in with 'T cut' or something similar.

If you've got the tires mounted and the dings are at the edges you will be struggling working vertical on the bike. I'd prefer the wheel horizontal, easier to work on and less tendency for any spray touch up to run on a horizontal surface.

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