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New tire mounting AMG wheels question

In a few days I am going to have new tires mounted on spotless AMG rims and have concerns regarding damage. The store manager said he would mount them instead of the regular workers and would use plastic attachments on the mounting machine.

Is there anything I can do to make sure the wheels are not marred? Any insights or tips from those that have experience would be appreciated.

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West Coast USA >>> that is what ? 1300 miles length?
Would you chose to narrow your location, somebody might give you shop recommendations.
All car tire machines I have seen for last 30 years in Bay Area are "touchless".
Meaning the only part that is touching the rim is the tire, eventually with small bar stick by hand to start the installation.
My truck and motorhome 19.5 and 22.5 tires have been still hand-mounted with huge bars, but they work from back side and did not leave scratches that would bother me.

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I would offer to pay for the new plastic guides on his machine, he can still use them on others.

I have AMG rims, and if you find a guy that cares, he should understand your concerns

My guy fits the weights behind the spoke so that you cannot see them, but saying that I have 1 rim that takes a lot of weights.

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Ok thanks. So it seems like the plastic guides, which I have not seen yet, can play a role here if worn.

I'll ask the manager about it. He understands my concern it seems so hopefully this will go without incident.

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If used correctly even machines with the plastic guides do not come contact with the wheel. Tire machines stretch the rubber onto and off wheels.
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No contact tire machine.....makes contact

Well after discussing my concerns with the staff at the tire shop, including the moment they took the keys to do the job, my rims have scratches and some chips in them.

Here is a pic as a sample of the chips. I was able to polish out the scratches on the facing of the wheel, which were not deep, but the chips are of course another story.

Touchless......like Ike Turner......
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Honestly that really sucks. I do not run a tire machine often, but have never damaged a painted wheel.

I sure hope they work with you to get those fixed.
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That doesn't look like plastic guide scratch.
More like metal item bang against the rim.
Maybe you scared them and their hands shake because of the stress?
I agree it sucks. I have rims that have 4th set of tires on them and no scratch.
Now how can I avoid curb rush. ...

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So the Manager is going to have a mobile wheel repair come to fix the wheel. He stated that the guy does work for the local dealerships and is good. So, how many shades of AMG silver will I see on it after he sprays it with Home Depot Krylon ?

What actually happened is that the guy mounting the wheel used a chrome tire iron or bar to get the tire into the bead. I only know this since I watched him do it. He must think that tool steel is softer than Magnesium or whatever these wheels are made of. The Manager showed me how the lever is used when done properly. I presented him with a learning opportunity for his folks since this is not how it was used. He leveraged against the wheel lip and not the "pinchy thing" on the machine that mounts the tire.

Funny you mention road rash....I have spent quite a few years driving a big SuperCrew as well as my ML so curb rash was not a consideration. In fact I punish concrete curbs when parking and such. Actually the tires on the E350 have less protection than the meats on the CL55, which is really none at all.

Oh well, time to drink a beer and get ready to interview the wheel repair guy to see if he uses Thor's Hammer and a bag of rocks as tools.
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Post the picture of the repair.
I am trying to find matching paint for my wheels and just got email from MB dealer that MB USA doesn't supply spray cans for wheels, when I don't have good experience with MB touch-up sticks.
Actually I did buy spray can of cubanite silver for our wagon and it is quite different from original.
If the wheel guy has a good source for matching paints, I would love to hear about it?

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