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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 10, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Scratched My Rim

Happened this morning pulling into a narrow parking space with curbs on each side. I rubbed my rear rim on the concrete and scratched the lip. The scratches are not deep. Anyone had any success polishing out scratches on polished chrome? I'm concerned I'll just make it worse.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 10, 09:40 AM
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Typical 'bright' Tri-Chrome plating is generally pretty thin @0.005 and 0.010 mil thick for most of these applications.
So ... using any abrasive method to remove a scratch is going to quickly go through the chrome to a substrate.

I would call the wheel maufacturer first and see if they have a recommendation.

Biggest short term issue will be keeping rust from forming where you scratched through coating - wax or protect that area until you come up with a plan ...

btw - I've 'fixed' a few of these sort of thingys on my kids and wifes car with the use of quick cleaning and a coat of "Chrome" paint applied with a small (usually a 'pin-striping' brush) to disguise it.
Pretty hard to see in most cases - but, I always know where to look and get upset all over again

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Good suggestions Vintage 68. I'm just going to wax it for now and cry alittle each day until I forget about it.

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... just going to wax it for now and cry alittle each day until I forget about it.

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Still think about my first set of 15X8 Cragars on my 62 Impala back in 68 - got them fitted with a new set of f-70X15 PolyGlass' and was just "stylin'"
My cousin asked to try them on his new 69 Nova "to see how they look and fit" as he wanted a set like them - he then proceeded to 'dance' an impact socket off the first one he mounted on his car and scratch the "stuff" out of it
I just learned to ignore after a while - after a long-long-long while ...
He did buy dinner and for the next few nights

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Hey Doug - What kind of wheel are you talking about? Chrome is Chrome and you can't remove scratches from chrome... You said "polished chrome" and when I hear polished I think of alloy or aluminum wheels.

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try this place. i have used them before

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Hey Doug - What kind of wheel are you talking about? Chrome is Chrome and you can't remove scratches from chrome... You said "polished chrome" and when I hear polished I think of alloy or aluminum wheels.
The wheel is a 17x8 Torque Thrust II on my 68. I can't remember the actual term for the finish but the wheel is not a high gloss chrome finish.

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try this place. i have used them before

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Thanks for the links. I'm just just going to live with it a while and at worst case, I might buy a new rim and use the scratched one as a spare. The car is a 68 RS and is not a trailer queen. I restored the car in high school with my pops and the 20 year old paint job is showing some chips and scratches. It is just irritating that I did something as dumb as bumping a curb with rims I installed last year .
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The wheel is a 17x8 Torque Thrust II on my 68. I can't remember the actual term for the finish but the wheel is not a high gloss chrome finish.
The TTII wheels are polished alum and can be repaired and re-polished to look as good as new at places like Steven linked too. Look for a place local to you to avoid shipping charges (will double the repair cost) and possible damage when being shipped...

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The TTII wheels are polished alum and can be repaired and re-polished to look as good as new at places like Steven linked too. Look for a place local to you to avoid shipping charges (will double the repair cost) and possible damage when being shipped...
I need to break my crack pipe over my knee...for some reason I was thinking the TTII where steel. I guess I just slept too many nights since I bought the rims.
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