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    Wheel scuffs, anything you can do about them?

    Hi all,

    I live in the city and have no parking space (a parking spot costs $20,000!!) so I am destined to street parking for the time being.

    I have already scratched up the tops of my wheels in some places on the passenger side from getting too close to the curb and rubbing.

    Is there ANYthing I can do to reduce the marks (they're on the outer rim, right before the tire)? Are these wheels painted, can they be polished down? Or do I just live with it because it's going to keep happening anyway?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated, other than learn to park better (2 scuffs in the last 2 months, it's bound to happen)

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    stop hitting the curb?
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    Obviously, that's the focus from now on, but god forbid anyone has to wake up at 5 in the morning every day and deal with pulling in and out of parallel parking... I park very close to the curb or else someone will take my side mirrors off...

    Anyways, can I polish these out?

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    Do you have RA mudflaps? They help while parallel parking. I know I'm close to the curb when I hear the mudflap scrape against it(the curb).

    Also using your side mirrors while you park will prevent you from hitting the curb all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by degobah77 View Post
    god forbid anyone has to wake up at 5 in the morning every day and deal with pulling in and out
    I normally don't mind. Great way to start the day if you ask me.
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    I'm an above average parallel parker, but I'm going to have some contact with the curb every now and then. Twice now I've just barely slid along the curb enough to scratch the wheel. I park so damn tight. I like the idea of a mudflap warning, thanks for the tip.

    Looks like I'll be able to smooth out the scuffs with some 1000 grit paper and aluminum wheel polish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by degobah77 View Post
    I'm an above average parallel parker, but I'm going to have some contact with the curb every now and then. Twice now I've just barely slid along the curb enough to scratch the wheel. I park so damn tight. I like the idea of a mudflap warning, thanks for the tip.

    Looks like I'll be able to smooth out the scuffs with some 1000 grit paper and aluminum wheel polish.

    Aluminum polish is for aluminum and should be kept for that. 1000 grit may be a bit to high. I would start at 2000 and buy some standard paint polish. These wheels are painted. If you don't want to order polish, then get some meguiars 205 mirror glaze. You could also buy 105 (both of which are just OTC polishes) and do the whole section with just that and no sanding. It might have enough abrasive in it to do the whole job.
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    Much appreciated. I'll give it a go this weekend.

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    Haven't tried them, but someone else mentioned them.

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    Not sure if the wheels have the same treatment, but the stock wheels on my 2011 STI (not the ones of the limited), had some pretty severe road rash due to both parking/getting too close to the toll booth/taking a corner too close to the brand new curb that was installed since last time I was there...etc

    I figured I had learned most of my lessons, and the wheels were bad enough to bring to a professional powdercoater and get them grinded down and powdercoated black for $350...Look like brand new wheels!

    If I didn't want to spend as much money he was willing to just grind out the curb rash for very cheap. It wouldn't have looked that good though unless I wanted to paint the wheels after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naked_dave1 View Post
    Haven't tried them, but someone else mentioned them.

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    I actually had emailed them, and they wanted 150.00 for a small amount of curb rash. Ummm, yeah sure. I just fixed it on my own.
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