Avoiding scratches on the wheels of our vehicle is very difficult. Your worst enemies are:
- the edges of the sidewalks at the time of parking,
- the big bumps in the streets or highways,
- the dust that emanates the brake pads coupled with dirt and
- the grime of the road that contributes to wear and deterioration of the wheels leaving scratches
Here at Autowagons, we will explain a step by step process on how to remove these scratches on the wheels. This requires very little money and you can do it from the garage at home.
First of all, the materials you must buy or have on hand are:
- Spray paint
- Spray Brightener
- Polyester putty
- Masking Tape
- Masking paper or newspaper
- Sandpaper of 400, 600 and 1,200
- Clean cloth
- Liquid soap Multipurpose
How To Remove And Repair Scratches On Wheels?
Step 1: Park the vehicle in a flat place, set the parking brake and lift the vehicle with the hydraulic jack and then disassemble the wheel to be repaired. Place the Wheel on a comfortable table to work with.
Step 2: Wash the whole wheel with water and liquid soap using the sponge, you should remove all the possible dirt that is on the scratch and then rinse with plenty of water.
Step 3: Pour a little of Thinner on the surface of the scratch and with the clean cloth remove all the dirt and remaining grease that could not remove the water with the soap.
Step 4: Place the masking tape around the scratch, if the scraper is very close to the edge of the wheel apply the more masking tape so as not to damage the surface of the tire. Leave a little space between the wheel and the tire.
Step 5: Polish the affected area with sandpaper 400 and then apply the putty on the scratch of the wheel.
Step 6: After applying the putty using the 600 sandpaper until you feel the smooth and smooth surface. The putty will fill the spaces generated by scratch. Let it dry for 5 minutes and repeat the step again and let it dry for 5 more minutes.
Step 7: Cover the surface of the tire and the wheel with masking paper or newspaper using the masking tape to avoid staining the rest of the surfaces with paint.
Step 8: Apply the spray paint on the affected surface. It does not matter what product you use as long as it is the color most similar to your wheel. Normally the silver color is the most common of all and works in most cases.
Step 9: Wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the paint to dry. Then pass the 1,200 sandpaper and then apply another layer of spray paint to give it a better finish. Let dry for 1 hour.
Step 10: When the paint is completely dry, re-wash the area with plenty of soap and water, then dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth.
Step 11: Then apply the rinse aid in the spray at about 20 cms. of the wheel giving a quick touch (1 second) from side to side where the scrape was. Repeat this step about 5 times.
Step 12: To finish, we remove all the masking paper and the masking tape. For best results, we recommend letting the wheel dry overnight and that’s it.