Gutter Rash DamageI’m sure most of us have have had a bad day or a blind parking moment and hit a corner with our wheel , failed to see a pothole and we heard that horrible crunching sound.
Yes, you've just gouged your alloy wheels with grazes and scrapes, possibly even bends and cracks. Gutter-rash can happen unfortunately, and now, getting a wheel fixed professionally is far cheaper than buying a new wheel. A long time ago smaller alloy wheel rims were normal.
The trend toward larger alloy wheel sizes, even on standard family cars, has infiltrated the automotive world, with 18- and 19-inch wheels now most commonly seen on standard run of the wheel family vehicles.
Bigger rims means lower profile tyres, and therefore more chance of the rim being damaged by the gutter.
The wheel buddy family car is a Mercedes clk500 with 18-inch wheels. Someone managed to give one of the wheels a bit of a hit, so we dropped into Wheel BUddy to find out what they can do to help us out.
The business has been ruaround for more than 10 years and specialises in fixing alloy wheels that have suffered cosmetic gutter rashdamage. The company also offers wheel resprays and brake caliper painting to boot.
Wheel Buddy owner Boris was quick to point out that the damage done to the Mercedes wheels was medium.
"In this case we would need to removed the wheel , sand out the gouges and damage and fill any deep areas then repaint the wheel." "Cost wise around $140 per wheel which is around 10% of the new wheel cost"
"What we specialise in is a same day drive in drive out service. We have the cars in here, the wheels are removed, and we paint with 2 pack baked paints back to original factory standard."