Wheel Repair Technicians Gallup NM

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.

Gallup Custom Tinting and Glass
(505) 722-2388
110 S 3rd Street
Gallup, NM
Services
Auto Glass Repair,Fabrication and Restoration

Autozone
(505) 863-9571
925 Highway 491
Gallup, NM
Services
Auto Parts

Transmission Exchange-In & Out
(505) 287-2155
716 W Historic Highway 66
Gallup, NM
 
Wal-Mart Supercenter
(505) 722-8928
1650 W Maloney Ave
Gallup, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Jiffy Lube
(505) 863-4060
1117 N HIGHWAY 491
GALLUP, NM
Hours
Sun: CLOSED
Mon-Sat: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Gallup Transmissions
(505) 722-5162
2501 East Aztec Avenue
Gallup, NM
 
Professional Truck and Auto Center
(505) 863-3953
500 E Historic Highway 66
Gallup, NM
Services
Auto Body Repair,Truck Auto Body,Truck Parts

Midas Auto Service Experts
(505) 722-3808
501 Highway 491
Gallup, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

De Armonds Body Shop
(505) 863-6049
710 S 2nd Street
Gallup, NM
Services
Auto Body Repair,Truck Auto Body

Jiffy Lube
(505) 722-7311
206 Nizhoni Blvd
Gallup, NM
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

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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