Wheel Repair Technicians Hopewell VA

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.

VDOT-Richmond District Shop
(804) 524-6174, 001-2004
2400 Pine Forrest Drive
Colonial Heights, VA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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A Seredni Tire & Auto Center
(804) 271-6617
6445 Iron Bridge Road
Richmond, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies, Auto Inspection

Bottoms Bridge Tire & Auto
(804) 932-9920
3025 Pocahontas Trail
Quinton, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies, Lawn Mower Sharpening & Repair, Wheelchair Lifts & Scooters
Products
Sales, Service, Wheelchair Lifts

Island Import Service
(804) 649-2100
2001 E Main Street
Richmond, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair

Cloverleaf Tire & Auto
(804) 745-2825, 001-2004
116 Turner Road
Richmond, VA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Varina Automotive Service
(804) 222-2676, 001-2004
1611 Darbytown Road
Richmond, VA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists
(804) 512-5795
11919 Carters Creek Drive
Chesterfield, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Customizing Conversion & Restoration, Wheels & Wheel Covers Retail

All Tune & Lube - East End, Midlothian Tnpk., All Tune and Brake, Short Pump
(804) 276-9720
6812 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA
Services
Auto Engines Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Auto Diagnostic Services, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Air Conditioning & Heating
Payment Options
90 Days Same as Cash, With Approved Credit, (With Approved Credit),

Automotive Concepts
(804) 276-9376
Richmond, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair

Freds Transmission & Auto
(804) 452-1446
3007 Oaklawn Boulevard
Hopewell, VA
 
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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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