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How Do You Repair Scratched Aluminum Rims?

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Rims come in different shapes and sizes, though the most common size is from 15 to 17 inches. The most common way for rims to become damaged is by parking too close to a curb. Curb-checking, or parking close enough to the curb that it rubs the surface of the rim and scratches it, can result in costly repairs to your rim; however, you can repair scratched aluminum rims at home. Loosen the lug nuts by turning them 45 degrees using a tire wrench. Place the jack under the front jack point of your vehicle and jack it up off the ground. Place the jack stands under the front pinch welds and lower the vehicle onto the jack stands. Jack the vehicle up under the rear jack point, place jack stands on either side of the vehicle under the rear pinch welds and lower the vehicle onto the stands. Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels off. Cover the tire using some newspaper and masking tape. Cover any area you do not want painted. Sand the rim to rough up the surface. Remove all of the old finish. ... more
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