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Morning, everyone! I've been out of pocket for a while (school, life, etc.), but I'm still really enjoying tootling around town in my little Beetle. I get all kinds of wonderful positive comments. :)

My question is I've gotten some curb rash on my rims. I see all kinds of solutions online, but I wanted to check with you guys to see if you have any tried-and-true fixes.

Happy riding!

Rhea
 

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Curb rash is quite depressing on alloy wheels. While alloys look very nice, plastic hubcaps that come with steelies are a lot less expensive to replace. I just bought a Passat with steelies and VW covers. One is cracked, so I considered getting a whole set of wheels, but I just replaced the bad cover for $48. A whole set of 4 aftermarket hubcaps can be had for that price or less, and a whole set of alloys will start at nearly 10 times that amount.
 

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At some point, I'll probably replace all of them, but I just wanted to try and fix them for now. The curb rash doesn't look awful - I'm just aware it's there. lol

Curb rash is quite depressing on alloy wheels. While alloys look very nice, plastic hubcaps that come with steelies are a lot less expensive to replace. I just bought a Passat with steelies and VW covers. One is cracked, so I considered getting a whole set of wheels, but I just replaced the bad cover for $48. A whole set of 4 aftermarket hubcaps can be had for that price or less, and a whole set of alloys will start at nearly 10 times that amount.
 

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There are many places online and probably local to you; that will refurbish wheels. Online, some will exchange them or ship them back to you; you just have to weigh the cost difference, between replacement and refurbishing them, decide what is the most cost effective solution.

Depending; on how bad it is, you could diy and make them look better. The 3M kit; looks like it would do a good job.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=alloy+wheel+curb+rash+repair

3M Wheel Restoration System 39052

https://www.google.com/search?q=3M+Wheel+Restoration+System+39052&oq=3M+Wheel+Restoration+System+39052&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i61l2&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8

There are also; professional shops, that would repair these for you and may even do in depth repair work, like welding and remachining the wheels surfaces, painting them with a factory powder coating finish. Needless, to say; it comes down to cost effectiveness of the repairs vs. replacement. You might be able to find a used/refurbished wheels online or at a junk yard.

Look at some of the videos and search in your area; for a wheel repair professional shop:

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=alloy+wheel+repair+specialists

If you were willing to spend the money to refurbish your wheels; it could be a opportunity to change the color, polish them or some other changes, to add some personality to your car.
 
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