Kerb rash is a light cosmetic damage that your rims or wheels can suffer when they hit Kerbs, potholes, street signs and other obstacles in the path of cars. It looks like scuff marks, scratches and finish deterioration on the materials.
Kerb rash can damage your wheels in ways like bending, gouging and scratching. It is easier to repair than a lot of other types of car paint damage and also cheaper.
Wheel damage can be difficult to assess when you don’t have the necessary knowledge, but a professional will be able to tell the difference. Understanding the extent of the damage is important to know what kind of repair will be required.
Should Damaged Wheels Be Repaired?
Safety should always be a top priority when dealing with wheel damage, but it’s even more important when children are involved. The cost of damage and repairs may be unexpected and hard to cover, but the benefits usually outweigh the cost.
Fixing Kerb Rash
If you have the time, tools, and patience to fix cosmetic damage on your wheels, you can probably do so using instructional videos or information found online.
Time may seem like it is in short supply when you are planning to tackle a car repair job. It is still possible, however, for do-it-yourselfers to save time by fixing light damaged alloy rims. A few supplies are needed depending on the severity of the damage, including sandpaper, putty, scouring pads or wire brushes and spray paint.
You will also need to find the right code for any paint & primer you purchase by visiting the manufacturer’s website.
Wheel specialists may offer touch-up spray – but if not, you can get it from specialty vendors. You want to make sure the paint matches the manufacturer’s code. The costs of everything will be between £30 and £120.
Here’s The Process
It’s vital to wear protective gear when exposed to chemicals to avoid any unnecessary chemical exposure.
Use a wet cloth to clean the wheel every time after applying acid.
You should always do your best to keep the rims, lug nuts, valve stems and other exposed areas masked off when painting.
Sanding out scuffs and other defects is better achieved with coarse sandpaper.
Apply automotive putty to the damaged area. Let it fully dry for 30 minutes or more before sealing it in place with a paint or clear coat.
Using a scuff pad to scuff around the damaged area until completely smooth.
Spray a coat of primer on the wheel and wipe it in. Make sure to spray about six inches away from the rim so that it doesn’t drip off onto your cloth or floor mat. Use a back and forth motion to apply the primer. Allow it to dry before applying a second coat.
Keep the wheel wet with a final spray of paint and then sand it bit by bit. Start by spraying a burst of paint on the wheel and then use long back-and-forth movements to fully coat the wheel after about a minute or two. Allow it to dry for another 45 minutes or so then repeat this step if you want a second coat.
Applying a clear coat over the paint helps protect the layers of paint underneath. This will not only make your car look better but also last longer.
Professional Wheel Repairs
You should always get your wheels checked out if they are damaged. Wheel repair professionals have the knowledge and experience to deal with complicated situations that car owners can’t. They also offer specialised techniques & technologies that car owners don’t have access to.
The typical cost of a wheel repair routinely involves the workshop’s overhead costs and location, as well as other factors,
Furthermore, one should also be concerned about different types of wheel finishes, such as chrome, gloss blackening, shiny alloy aluminum or steel. These can have an impact on the type of wheel repair you choose and how much it costs. Some types of aluminum rims reflect extremely well and don’t corrode in humid environments.
Chrome plated wheels are not repairable because of toxic environmental hazards. The EPA has set up rules for environmental restoration. Areas that are restored must be performed by approved plates or polishers that meet certain emission standards with filtering devices.