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Alloy wheel repair

My alloy wheels are peeling and have clear coat damage. It already had this when I bought the car, but it was minimal and it has been spreading slowly. I also have some curb rash. I'm being quoted $100-150 to repair the wheels.

They will sand the curb rash, bubbles, scratches, apply bondo, etc. My main concern is what paint they are going to use and especially the clear coat. This is where these people skimp to make profit. It is unlikely that these wheel repair places are going to disclose what products they are using lol

For $100 repair, chances are they are using auto spray cans, which will not last. The Mazda clear coat obviously did not last 2 years on these wheels. This is why I'm hesitant about doing this. They will make them look nice, but it will probably only last 1 year and start peeling again.

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1) Why not just ask the people what paint they use?

2) Mazda's wheels had issues because of a manufacturing mistake on the paint supplier's end which resulted in the paint not bonding to the wheels properly.

3) If you're so worried about having professionals work on your car, do it yourself.

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1) Why not just ask the people what paint they use?

2) Mazda's wheels had issues because of a manufacturing mistake on the paint supplier's end which resulted in the paint not bonding to the wheels properly.

3) If you're so worried about having professionals work on your car, do it yourself.

I'm going to start asking on Yelp, but I doubt they will disclose this info, we will see.

When I had my cavalier. I painted my wheel silver (same color) and applied clear coat, it didn't look that good and only lasted a few months, but then again, I used products from Autozone.

Also, do these wheel repair places offer lifetime warranty or at least 5 year warranty? Unlikely, because they are aware of the nature of the work. Unless you apply high quality paint and clear coat, it is not going to last very long.
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I'm going to start asking on Yelp, but I doubt they will disclose this info, we will see.

When I had my cavalier. I painted my wheel silver (same color) and applied clear coat, it didn't look that good and only lasted a few months, but then again, I used products from Autozone.

Also, do these wheel repair places offer lifetime warranty or at least 5 year warranty? Unlikely, because they are aware of the nature of the work. Unless you apply high quality paint and clear coat, it is not going to last very long.
Or you could just call them directly and find out for yourself. No one on here is going to ave any idea what your local rim refinishing places have for warranties or products.

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You could always sand the flaking material off and plasti-dip your wheels. You can do a set fit $50-$80 depending on what color you pick. They hold up well and are easy to clean with simple green and a soft brush. Gloss black on my black 15 Touring and antique gold on my wife’s blue 15 Grand Touring. There are posts with directions and tips on using plasti-dip.
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You could always sand the flaking material off and plasti-dip your wheels. You can do a set fit $50-$80 depending on what color you pick. They hold up well and are easy to clean with simple green and a soft brush. Gloss black on my black 15 Touring and antique gold on my wife’s blue 15 Grand Touring. There are posts with directions and tips on using plasti-dip.


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You could always sand the flaking material off and plasti-dip your wheels. You can do a set fit $50-$80 depending on what color you pick. They hold up well and are easy to clean with simple green and a soft brush. Gloss black on my black 15 Touring and antique gold on my wife’s blue 15 Grand Touring. There are posts with directions and tips on using plasti-dip.

already tried and it didn't look good so i removed it lol i live in florida with too much humidity and have no garage
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I had Dr. Wheel repair my wheel and what I found out before he came out is that he repairs wheels for the local Mazda dealership and he matched the paint then he clear coated it with a small air brush we are very happy! 😊
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Repairing allow wheels is fairly easy to do. You can even use a metal filler if there are deep gouges (need to be painted to hide the product). The matching of paint can be the most challenging part.
I refinished mine and used Duplicolor paint with great results. My littlest even hit it with a hammer the other day, because he was "helping out:, with no paint damage. I am amazed really.


I used an ething primer for the bare metal and a filler primer over the top of that and on the sanded powder coating from a previous finish. I then put on the base coat (graphite) and followed it with clear.



I waited a couple weeks and wet sanded them down to the satin finish I was looking for.


After a month I put a protectant on to seal the paint up.







Originally I was going to Powder Coat but having used a metal filler, all the shops around here didn't want to do it as a result of trapped bubbles off gassing and destroying the finish during the application process, or something like that.
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