How To Fix Curb Rash: Things A Driver Needs To Know
A curb rash can be pretty annoying to see. Although it is not as bad as any significant body damage or engine problem, a curb rash should be dealt with as urgently as well. However, getting a curb rash repaired can be a little expensive.
That is especially true if you’re on a tight budget. But this does not always have to be the case if you know how to deal with curb rashes. Which is why today, we will be featuring things you need to know on how to fix curb rash. Stay tuned!
What is a curb rash?
A curb rash is merely a layman’s term for a wheel rim that incurred damage due to rubbing along a curb. However, the loss may vary greatly depending on the type of material used on your edge.
But most importantly, it also depends on how hard you hit your rim along the curb. Of course, this is not a significant damage. However, it is best to get a curb rash repaired immediately to avoid worsening the problem.
There are several things you must look into, though, before rushing to repair a curb rash.
So, how to fix this?
Just as we mentioned earlier, getting your curb rash fixed can get a little pricey, especially if you take it to professionals. But if you know how to deal with curb rashes yourself, you don’t have to shell out a lot to get it fixed.
Things You Might Need
- Eye protection
- Working gear (a coverup/overall suit, gloves, etc.)
- Steady supply of clean water
- Sandpaper (an 80 and a 220 grit sandpaper, up to 2500 grit can still be considered ideal)
- Rim polish (or aluminum polish)
- Polishing cloths (old jersey shirts or flannels will do, but it is much more fitting to use a polishing cloth meant to do the job to avoid unwanted marks/scratches)
Step 1. Check out your rim for any protective coating
Before you start “fixing” your rim, make sure to check first if it has any protective coating. If your sides have coats, be sure to remove the layer first by sanding them. To know if your wheel has a surface, try rubbing a 220 grit sandpaper first.
If the dust is white instead of gray, then your rim is most likely coated. Make sure to eradicate the protective coating first before starting on any repairs. You can do this by buffing all over the side using firm but not hard strokes (just on the entire lip of the rim).
Similar to how you determined whether or not the rim has a protective coating on through its dust, you will know when the whole layer is off. If the dirt you accumulate while buffing becomes gray then instead of white, then the protective coating is off already.
However, do note that you can skip this step if you are sure that your rim does not have any protective coating.
Step 2. You can now start “fixing” the curb rash
Now that the protective coating is gone, you can start smoothing out the damaged part with an 80 grit sandpaper, slowly working your way up to the 220 grit sandpaper. After you’ve smoothed out the most prominent scratches, use a 400 grit sandpaper to blend in the scratches.
Just go beyond half an inch beyond the curb rash with a feathering motion to blend it in. Angular strokes and consistent pressure will help you even out and blend everything. That is why we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be careful.
Use the polishing cloth to wipe off any dust accumulation now and then. Doing this will help you clear your work and see properly how much more you need to “buff”.
Step 3. Do the “polishing”
After blending the curb rash in, you still have to refine your work by using a sandpaper with a much ideal grit. Preferably one with a 200 sand. Make sure to go over the areas with light pressure in circular motions.
Do not rush and merely focus on smoothing out the surface. After you’re satisfied with your work, lightly dampen (and not wholly wet) the sandpaper. Use the damp sandpaper to go over the area again for a good five minutes.
Use another two minutes to go over the area with a 2500 grit sandpaper, another one minute for dry and and finally wet sanding. Use a damp cloth to remove all accumulated dust but make sure to dry it with another polishing cloth.
Step 4. Finally, apply the polish
After everything else, do not forget to apply the aluminum polish. Be generous with the amount and work it intensely onto the surface. Use a sharp but firm pressure when applying it to make sure you evenly blend it into over half an inch beyond the damaged area again.
If you can help it, you have to use eye protection to avoid getting polish into your eyes.
At The End of The Day
Getting your car maintained can get very costly whether or not the damage is significant. However, not getting your vehicle checked or repaired can only worsen any existing problems and cause potential accidents.
That is why nothing beats a well-maintained car. What’s the use of an expensive, unmaintained vehicle? Whether it be an engine problem or a simple curb rash, get it fixed to keep your car in top running condition!