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post #1 of 15 Old 12-03-2010, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Rims Chewed Up

Took my '06 919 rims to a local mechanic who managed to chew up the sides while installing new tires & also scratched the middle part as well. Is there anything I can do short of replacing them for $1000.00 which isn't gonna happen since they still hold air. Rest assured I'm never giving him my business again! DAS



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post #2 of 15 Old 12-03-2010, 06:57 AM
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Post up a pic, if its not horrible you may be able to sand/polish most of it out then have them powder coated, that sucks. If he clearly did it, and its real bad tell him. He may just be cool about it, long shot I know but why not?

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I've changed my own tires 3 times on the 919. Once was with a manual machine from Harbor Freight and the other two times were with professional tire change equipment.

The professional equipment does not scratch or scuff my rims at all. The manual machine managed to peel the paint off the very inside of the rim (not visible with tires mounted). Neither machine really galled into the metal.

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I think I would pursue some sort of restitution. I have never had any wheels chewed up from getting tires changed.

If they won't play ball, a call to the BBB is definitely in order.

As for a fix, this is the perfect excuse to get them powdercoated a different color. I did a CBR wheel conversion and both of the wheels got chemically stripped and coated for $200. The stripping was recommended over sand blasting because of what it does to the aluminum and how it affects powder adhesion. Blasting would have been $20/wheel vs $50/wheel for stripping. Coating was $50/wheel. Obviously prices may vary in different parts of the country but just throwing out some ideas. All is not lost.

If you want to go ultra cheap, some flat black krylon would probably do the trick.

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Buy a set of the plastic rim savers for about $5 and use next time.

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post #6 of 15 Old 12-03-2010, 02:03 PM
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If the damage is really bad(post pics) I'd be tempted to take him to small claims court, I couldn't stand to have my rims damaged like that while paying him to do it.

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Every time Id take my rims to the local dealership Id find missing paint. Even had one time where the moron used a screw driver to pry the wheel weights off.......

Only friends with NO-MAR tire changers do my tires now. Will probably have one of my own someday.

Sounds to me like the 'master mechanic' tried to change your tires with spoons......

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-04-2010, 02:49 AM
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If you know what you're dong and have a little help, you can easily spoon tires on with no damage.

Your "mechanic" is an idiot.

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+1 I have changed 4 rear tires and 3 fronts on my 9'er using tire irons and never chewed up my rims, and I had never done it before. I coated the tips on my tire irons with this:



...and also used some plastic protectors. What you experienced is why I would much rather do it myself.

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+1 I have changed 4 rear tires and 3 fronts on my 9'er using tire irons and never chewed up my rims, and I had never done it before. I coated the tips on my tire irons with this:



...and also used some plastic protectors. What you experienced is why I would much rather do it myself.
Loctite is another source of such a product.
Theirs is called Color Guard
There is a decent range of colors.
Smallest size is the 14.5 fluid ounce tin.
Red is Item # 34985
The bar code on the one I have in hand is 0 7930 34985 8

The Loctite tin comes with a plastic lid.
It is not very air tight, you need to tape it after use if you plan to keep a partially used tin for any length of time.
(Or find a small paint style tin at Home Depot or WalMart, dump whatever is in, clean, and use that instead.)

The tin in the above picture is a classic tap in metal lid.
It will provide a better seal, as long as the lid does not get distorted.

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Loctite is another source of such a product.
Theirs is called Color Guard
There is a decent range of colors.
Smallest size is the 14.5 fluid ounce tin.
Red is Item # 34985
The bar code on the one I have in hand is 0 7930 34985 8

The Loctite tin comes with a plastic lid.
It is not very air tight, you need to tape it after use if you plan to keep a partially used tin for any length of time.
(Or find a small paint style tin at Home Depot or WalMart, dump whatever is in, clean, and use that instead.)

The tin in the above picture is a classic tap in metal lid.
It will provide a better seal, as long as the lid does not get distorted.
They also make a spray version, which seems to have a longer shelf life

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post #12 of 15 Old 12-06-2010, 01:24 PM
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Ha ha I dipped my levers in that stuff a whille back, worked for a year or so. Got crg's now.

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post #13 of 15 Old 11-25-2011, 08:52 AM
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Digging up an old post while searching for "wheel paint".

Over the years, my rims on my 919 have acquired a few small spots that need touching up. I'm in the process of changing out my tires (myself) so I figured this would be a good time to spruce up the paint on my wheels.

I'm thinking I'd like to use an air brush to do this. Not necessarily complete re-spray, but I could if that's what it comes to.

I have an 11 gallon coleman compressor, so I'm thinking I need filtration and an air brush kit.

Advice here?

Also, anyone come up with a pain to match the rims

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post #14 of 15 Old 11-25-2011, 03:24 PM
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I used this on mine. I just did some light coats and tried to blend it in and it turned out all right. Not a perfecct match but they look much better than when they were all chewed up.

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I used this on mine. I just did some light coats and tried to blend it in and it turned out all right. Not a perfecct match but they look much better than when they were all chewed up.

Buy Duplicolor Wheel Coating, Graphite, 11 oz. Aerosol HWP102 at Advance Auto Parts
Good match, thanks!
I was thinking that this kind of thing comes up frequently with multiple cars, bikes, home projects and whatnot, so maybe it was time I explored the air brush avenue.
I'm thinking that I could much better pinpoint what I'm trying to cover.
I'm sure someone here has some experience with air brush equipment, right?

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