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i found nothing is search to answer my question:
do the stock rims have a protective coating on them. i noticed today that there appears to be bubbling on two rims, like the coating is coming loose in spots. is this normal? can i just pull the rest off without damaging the rims? [:I]
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barndogz - 4/6/2005 5:39 PM

i found nothing is search to answer my question:
do the stock rims have a protective coating on them. i noticed today that there appears to be bubbling on two rims, like the coating is coming loose in spots. is this normal? can i just pull the rest off without damaging the rims? [:I]
thankx
Clearcoat on my AMG's starting to peel too. I am going to have them redone.
 

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thankx for the info...........so, is this something i need on my rims? what purpose does it serve?
 

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The coating is supposed to protect the aluminum alloy from corrosion.

Unfortunetly if the coating gets damaged, water can get underneath and cause filliform (sp?) corrosion.
 

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RE: The coating is supposed to protect the aluminum alloy from corrosion.

thankx. is it usually costly to have it repaired/fixed? i've never noticed it on any other car.
 

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From what's been reported here and from what I've seen ...

You're looking at from $85 to $150 a wheel to repair. Costs vary so much around the country that it's hard to nail down a local price for you. Check the phone book, there should be one or two places listed, give 'em a call.
 

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RE: From what's been reported here and from what I've seen ...

thankx. i guess that's cheaper than replacing the rims........
 

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You betcha ... !!!
 

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apparently they are "diamond cut" or something, which is quite brittle. I just had my wheels re-furbished and the workshop recommeneded that I didn't go for the diamond-cut effect as chances are it would crack again.
 

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Repairing is much cheaper than replacing. On the other hand if you are thinking about replacing your rims at some point now might be a good time to get them and sell your rims. You will have saved the money in repairs plus have the money the sale of your rims generates.
 

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Was that just for the clear coat, or were they going to clean up the damage as well?

For just painting, that's a good price. If that was to repair minor damage, That's a fantastic price... [:D][:p]
 

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RE: Was that just for the clear coat, or were they going to clean up the damage as well?

thankx for all the input.
 

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My rims were messed up after a local shop banged up the finish on all 4 wheels changing my tires...plus some previous damage from another shop, and about 5 years of average driving. The finish starts to oxidize after the seal is broken and it looks horrible as it creeps along. It only gets worse with time.

Someone on the board (430) suggested these guys:

http://www.mobilewheelrepair.com/usa_canada/us_locations_indiana.shtml

They have local dealers that will drive to your house, place of business, etc, and repair the wheels RIGHT THERE. Virtually no down time. I had them come to the shop and they put my car up on the rack and did all four wheels at the same time. They got there after lunch and were finished by close of business. I did have to wait until the next morning to make sure the finish was fully dried.

The final outcome looks great, and the whole bill ran $450. The shop begrudgingly paid it - long story there...

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It seems like for 800 you could pik up another set of rims? I remember someone posted *I think Cixi* the double spoke AMG's for $800.
 

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Chester - 4/7/2005 10:26 PM

My rims were messed up after a local shop banged up the finish on all 4 wheels changing my tires...plus some previous damage from another shop, and about 5 years of average driving. The finish starts to oxidize after the seal is broken and it looks horrible as it creeps along. It only gets worse with time.

Someone on the board (430) suggested these guys:

http://www.mobilewheelrepair.com/usa_canada/us_locations_indiana.shtml

They have local dealers that will drive to your house, place of business, etc, and repair the wheels RIGHT THERE. Virtually no down time. I had them come to the shop and they put my car up on the rack and did all four wheels at the same time. They got there after lunch and were finished by close of business. I did have to wait until the next morning to make sure the finish was fully dried.

The final outcome looks great, and the whole bill ran $450. The shop begrudgingly paid it - long story there...






chester; thankx for the tip. it looks like they are located in my home state

HTH,
Chester
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KishanShah - 4/7/2005 10:58 PM

It seems like for 800 you could pik up another set of rims? I remember someone posted *I think Cixi* the double spoke AMG's for $800.


even $800 is more than i want to spend right now [V]
but i have to do something, it looks like hell
 
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