Question of the Week
Good morning, Mike
I curbed one of my wheels. They are brushed aluminum, I think, with a clear coat finish . The damage is on the lip but needs to be filled before applying the clear. I have wheel putty that is used when there is paint applied but am unsure what to use on this wheel / any suggestions? It is a Agency Power wheel .
Send me a picture of the wheel, especially the damaged area. I can give you better advice if I see the damage and the original finish. But:
Minor cosmeticdamage might be touched up by carefully removing the clearcoat in the damaged area with paint stripper, sanding with #360 sandpaper to match the surrounding area, and featheredging in more clearcoat. The odds of being able to match the original brushed area with the repaired area is slim, but not impossible. I’ve done it by spinning the wheel on a wheel-balancing machine while sanding, but it’s dangerous. (Just ask my mechanic friend Lefty about the danger of holding your hands too close to a spinning wheel…)
If the damage is more than minor, unfortunately you’ll need to have the rim professionally restored. This involves removing any clearcoat, and then welding more metal on to cover the divots, then machining the wheel back to its original profile on a high-speed lathe, then renewing the finish with sandpaper while still on the lathe. Any painted areas are masked and painted, and then the whole wheel gets clearcoated. There are many specialty shops that can do this, but you’ll probably be without the wheel for a week or more, plus shipping times. Yes, you have to demount the tire.
And, after all that, that wheel probably won’t match the other three perfectly. You’ll probably need to redo at least one more wheel so the two on the same side match.