Wheel Repair Technicians Columbia SC

There are many tips to sprucing up your car’s paint or preventing the interior from looking worn in the first place, but the wheels need attention too. If your painted metal is looking the worse for wear, here’s how to repair it yourself without spending a fortune.

Astro Auto Electric
(803) 772-2100
1168 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Used & Rebuilt Auto Parts Retail, Electric Motor Dealers
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays

Constan Mobile 1 Oil Change
(803) 799-1315
1950 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC
Services
Mobile Auto Repair

Frasier Tire Service Inc
(803) 254-5087
1613 Bluff Rd
Columbia, SC
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Harmon Auto Glass
(803) 254-6174
1827 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Napa Auto Parts
(803) 254-8181
1500 N Millwood Ave
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

First Vehicle Services-Richland County
(803) 576-2210, 001-2004
400 Powell Road
PO Box 23365
Columbia, SC
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Napa Auto Parts
(803) 771-7043
1618 Bluff Rd
Columbia, SC
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Smith Dick Motors Custom Leasing Department
(803) 799-7483
4030 West Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, SC
Services
Truck Auto Body

Elgins of Columbia Inc.
(803) 765-1252
1220 Laurens St
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Towing Service
Hours
Mon:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Tue:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Wed:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Thu:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Fri:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Sat:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Sun:12:00 am-11:59 pm
Payment
Cash

Firestone Tire & Service Centers
(803) 782-0294
2010 N Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

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DIY Wheel Repair

Do-It-Yourself Wheel Repair By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

Scratched your wheels? We know exactly how annoying that can be. There are many tips to sprucing up your car’s paint or preventing the interior from looking worn in the first place, but the wheels need attention too – especially since they usually take the brunt of urban driving; parallel parking and curbside drop-offs are a rim’s worst nightmare. If your painted metal is looking the worse for wear, here’s how to repair it yourself without spending a fortune.

First, you’ll need the following materials:
Scratch filling primer
Wheel paint (to match your specific wheel color)
Clear lacquer
Paint thinner
Bondo spot putty
Sand paper 240 and 400 grit
Masking tape

Step 1: Remove the wheel from the car. If you choose to keep it on, make sure to fully cover the car with a cloth or paper so as to seal it from the spray of the paint.
 
Step 2: Clean the wheel. Soap-up, scrub and shine that puppy. Then use paint thinner to specifically clean the damaged area, nothing more. You want to remove all polishes and waxes from the surface in order to properly repair it, which means you’ll need to really rub the area, wipe it down and repeat.

Step 3: Once the damaged area is completely clean, you’ll need to prepare the wheel for sanding. If the tire is still on, use the masking tape to cover the area underneath where the wheel meets the tire. You can use this time to completely cover the tire to protect it from paint as well. It may be a pain, but scraping paint spray off the rubber is much worse.

Step 4: Gently sand the damaged area using 240-grit sandpaper. Once you’ve sanded it down a bit, wipe the area clean and apply the putty to the scrape. Just cover the specific area and don’t worry about getting it flat and smooth because you’ll be sanding it down. Let the putty completely dry before attempting to sand it smooth using the 400-grit sandpaper. You want to make sure it feels flush to the original wheel surface – a flat block will help to create the desired effect.

Step 5: Once again, if the wheel has not been removed from the car and tire you’ll need to fully protect any exposed areas you don’t want flakes of paint to stick to. It’ll happen, trust us.

This is where the scratch filling primer comes in. Spray it on the repair area, let dry and then sand it down with 400-grit or finer sandpaper. Add more putty if there are any uneven areas and repeat. It’s very important to clean off the overspray with a rag immediately after spraying the primer and paint. There’s no reason to get paint anywhere but the area on which you’re working.

Step 6: Now comes the painting. You’ll want to read the instructions on the spray can for the most correct application techniques. We’d recommend testing the spray paint out on some scrap metal before applyi...

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