Friday, September 30, 2016

How to repair curb rash on your wheels for less than $15! DIY!

How to Repair Curb Rash for less than $15

My curbed Lexus IS F-Sport Wheels :(

I curbed my wheels! Oh no.  And I didn't feel like having a pro repair it for $200.  So decided to try this myself.  This was my first time doing it and it came out great! Less than $15!

Here's what I purchased:

Sandpaper kit:

Perfect match for Lexus F-Sport wheel paint with applicator and clear coat:

For German BMW, Mercedes, Audi, you may consider trying a classic silver paint stick:
(Look up your car's paint code to find your closest favorite match!)

Glazing putty:

Painters tape

Start by using painters tape and expose only the area you are working with so you don't accidentally scratch or sand the good paint. Then using a q-tip or similar tool, apply the glazing putty over the affected area. try to be as smooth and even with the wheel as possible so you don't have to sand excessively. Let sit 15-30 minutes

Then take your sandpaper (i used 200 grit) and fold it into a small square. And slowly sand down smooth the hardened putty. Don't be afraid of scratching/scuffing the surrounding paint between the curb rash. do the whole area. After you are done, you can apply more putty and repeat the process. I decided I didn't need the wheel to look absolutely perfect. Just good enough. Then shake up your phantom gray pearl paint and apply it over the putty smoothly. Let dry then apply clear!

The paint I used:

And the finished product. I could've spent more time on it and sanded it down more and smoothed the paint out before applying clear. But I don't have time for it and it's good enough for me. It looks WAY better than before. And from normal viewing distance you can't tell. You have to go up close. I actually had to look very closely and squint to find the damage so i could take a picture. The touch up paint is a perfect match. Keep a spare in your glove box to touch up nicks and curb rash. You don't even need to putty the curb rash if you want, just paint over it so it's not noticeable!


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