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How to Repair Curb Rash on Aluminum Lip


Hi everyone,here is a simple write up on how to repair curb rash on your rims lip. It worked for me so hopefully it works for you too! Please keep in mind that if you mess up your rim from doing this I an not responsible.


Items Needed:

1.Variable Speed Dremel Tool-Walmart
2.400 Grit Sand Paper-Advance Auto
3.1500 Grit Sand Paper-Advance Auto
4.Super Fine Steel Wool-Walmart
5.Blue Painters Tape-Walmart
6.Dremel Accessory Kit-Walmart
7.Mothers Aluminum Polish-Walmart
8.Small Piece of wood-Found in Yard(hehe)

Expect to pay at least $100.00 for ALL your supplies. I did not have any of the above. Total spent $93.64.You may have these items already.








1. Get your curb rash rim/rims and wash them down and dry them off.



2.Take your painters tape and tape off the section that you will be working on so that you do not accidentally sand the nice areas of your rim/lip.The wheel did not have to be removed from car.



3.Using your variable speed dremel tool set it to 5,000 RPM which is at it's lowest speed. Take your grinding accessory tool #952 and grind down the rash and deep gouges the best you can. I used a sweeping action back and forth and then eventually went from right to left following the rash down the rim. DO NOT push down too hard or it will grind too deep into your rim.




4.Take your sanding accessory tool #85422,now you want to try and sand the area the best you can trying to get it as smooth as possible. But at the same time try to angle your dremel to keep it rounded the best you can or you will wind up with a flat spot.




5.Now take the small piece of wood and take your 400 grit sand paper and wrap it around the wood. Now sand even more. I went from left to right following the damage applying a small amount of pressure. Using the block,this will SMOOTH the area out trying to blend it into the rest of the rim.


6.At this point the area should be looking nice and smooth,almost blending into the rest of the rim. Now you want to try and round out the edges of your lip.You don't want to have a flat section. I took the 400 grit sand paper and used my finger.I lightly rounded off the edges because my rim is machined.



7.Now that it is smooth as you can get it and rounded nicely you can take your 1500 grit sand paper and start sanding the area.Use your finger. This will now start to give your rim/lip that polish look.I applied a small but even amount of pressure.I lightly feathered from right to left working my way down the length of the rim.



8.Take your steel wool (super fine) and rub back and forth with a good amount of pressure. This will make your lip shine! Be careful and take your time.Now go ahead and remove the painters tape.



Looking pretty good huh?

9.Alright,were almost done. As you can see the lip is starting to look really nice.It is shiny but you want to buff out any imperfections and make it glossy like when your first bought them.

Get your dremel tool one last time.Grab your cleaning accessory tool #414. Take your mothers polish and apply a small amount on your lip. I used a microfiber cloth to apply it. I lightly blotched the area. I used medium speed on my dremel tool to work the polish in.





10.Keep on buffing until you are happy with your results!

Finished Product!


Remember always take your time and be patient. Sanding time varies based on how much damage is on your lip. The first rim which was the worst took me an average of 6 hours and was covered in curb rash 65% of the way.The second rim took me almost 3 hours. This was my first attempt ever to repair curb rash. The gouges were deep enough to put the tip of a pen inside. So with that in mind your can repair your Aluminum Lip!

Good Luck!
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I don't know If I can reply to my own write up but I hope I was clear on the instructions. Sorry there are so many pics or not enough pics,I never intended to make this a write up but so many asked me to so I figured why not. If anyone has any questions or want to know more specific prices on an item or maybe want to tell me what I can adjust in the write up just let me know.
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Looks like a good write up! Theres no such thing as too many pics for how-to's lol
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Excellent write up Make sure you pm a mod for the sticky.
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Great! I'm glad you guys liked it. I figured why not share the info. So many people get rid of their rims because of curb rash or think they have to dish out alot of money to get a new rim/s. Also with this,you don't have to pay someone to do it and you get the satisfaction of knowing you can do it yourself. I will get a hold of a moderator and let them know.

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Looks good. Great write up.

I wonder... if you used aluminum jb weld to build up that area, if you could get the same results...

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Good Job Mango! Looks real good.
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Great job, mango! Reps for a job well done and a nice write up
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Thanks guys!

About the JB weld, I don't see why not. It can be like a filler and then follow the same steps and voila. My curb rash on the first rim passenger side was really bad. Here is a good visual aid to use. Take a penny and hold it between your thumb and forefinger.Make sure your thumb is over Abe's shoulder. Now stick the penny(Abe's head) into your curb rash.

My curb rash went a little past the top of his *hair. The word "We" was totally covered. Even though it was that deep I was still able to sand it to the point where it just blended in.

And btw, WLJohnson05 said that he would place this as a "sticky".Yay!
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