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Old 11-11-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Anyone have suggestions for how to best treat curb rash on aluminum wheels?

Guy in a Cavlier cut me off and when I served a bit to avoid hitting him I came in contact with the curb. The amzaing thing is how high up the damage is, how high the curb was. At the outer edte part of the wheel that sticks out the farthest near the bolts, not at the lip area like typical. So it's ugly. Comprehensive insurance would pay for half but that's still a lot.
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Anyone have suggestions for how to best treat curb rash on aluminum wheels?

Guy in a Cavlier cut me off and when I served a bit to avoid hitting him I came in contact with the curb. The amzaing thing is how high up the damage is, how high the curb was. At the outer edte part of the wheel that sticks out the farthest near the bolts, not at the lip area like typical. So it's ugly. Comprehensive insurance would pay for half but that's still a lot.
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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Is the damage such that you can use a hand grinder(Dremel type) to grind and polish the area? It would probably make the damage less obvious.
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There are a lot of places (usually at large truck stops) that polish wheels. They can also grind out the ugly spots and repolish. They can tell you by looking at it if they can take care of the problem and give you a price. Good luck and be safe.
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Thanks for the feedback. Confirmed what I thought after having slept on it.

Used a Dremmel Saturday to deburr and clean out the concrete dust. I need to take the coach in to my FTL dealer for a brake problem anyway. I'll check with them as to someone who can work on the wheels.

For what it's worth, the damage is 11" above ground. That's one tall curb. Went back to the scene noticed the high curb is part of the overpass/sidewalk.
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On a referral from Portland Freightliner I ended up taking the coach to R&I Polishing in Woodland, Washington (360-901-1880). The catch to getting the curb rash fixed was 1) had to poslish the clearcoat off the wheel, 2) had to polish all the wheels to match. They now look way better than factory and cost only $35/wheel including dismount/remount.

I've been advised that the wheels should be polished/waxed once a year, preferrable at time of winterization.

Also, the finish aspect of the Alcoa warranty is now void.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:44 AM   #7
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Your Alcoa wheels are no coated. Alcoa has NOT coated wheels in a couple years. You have Dura-Bright Alcoa Wheels. Quoting below from Alcoa's website.

Alcoa Dura-BrightŪ Wheels.
More shine. Less maintenance.
It's the first aluminum wheel you don't polish or scrub - just spray with soap and water. It's not a coating. It's not a finish. It's a patented treatment that penetrates the aluminum. Alcoa Dura-BrightŪ wheels are the closest to a maintenance-free shine you'll ever see.

Now your wheels can look their best on the lot with far less effort than with any previous steel or aluminum wheel. And Dura-BrightŪ wheels maintain their good looks over time, saving you time and money, too.

Dura-BrightŪ wheel treatment:

Ten year warranty against corrosion
Protects wheels against oxidation and corrosion
Easy maintenance
Brilliant good looks
One-piece, forged-in strength
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I appreciate the information. The wheels were manufactured in early 2004. I have no Alco paperwork that contains the words Dura-Bright. The wheels had fine scratches when I purchased the MH. The folks who polished them were who told me there was a clearcoat on them.
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Well, I'm pleased that you put this info on the forum, I had curb rash on my previous coach and didn't know what to do. Now I know how to handle it if I have an "incident" in the future. Thanks.
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With a Powerball and Mother's Metal (Aluminum) Polish it's fairly easy to polish aluminum rims. I did a review on that at http://www.rvcruzer.com/alumrims.htm, complete with before and after pictures.
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