You may not think it, but it can be pretty easy to damage alloy wheels. Curbs are a pretty common culprit, but even routine cleaning (whether you do it yourself or go through a carwash) or road salt can eat away at them. Over time.
So, what can you do?
Live with it. Wear and tear happens, right?
Try to fix it yourself. We'll touch on this in a bit.
Pay a body shop. You could run your car down to an auto body shop, and have them sand and repaint the wheel.
Before hiring a shop, let's see on average how much it will cost, and how long it will take.
We emailed just over 40 repair shops across the United States, asking for a time and cost estimate on this wheel:
Only five shops responded, but they all provided really close estimates:
The average cost was $116
Lowest quote: $99Highest quote: $135
The average time varied by quite a bit: the repair could take anywhere from just 40 minutes to two days.
Thankfully there is an alternative that is both consistently cheaper faster:
“Saved over $1000.”
Body shop said this couldn't be touched up and wanted $1000 repaint it. You can see in the first picture how the putty completely fills the scratch. Your paint's color was perfect and the result is great!
Raf L. 2009 Chevrolet
You saved me $400 that I couldn't spend on this old car.
K. May 2000 Cadillac
“No ugly brush strokes.”
After someone keyed my car, I tried the Toyota touch up paint but I could see brush strokes. Bought your kit, followed the directions, and got the results in these pics. Thank you.