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some considerations on scratching your alloys

I have been thinking about refurbishing my alloys, some of them have some curbing and paint is starting to bubble slightly on one.
Last time I took the tyres off though I noticed something else which concerned me: the necks of the holes where the nuts go have circular scratches, probably caused by the spanner used to remove the nuts.. I thought that once refurbished this could be a really easy way to scratch them again, so is there any teflon or rubber coated spanner out there?
I even thought of putting some teflon tape around the spanner myself, what do you guys think?
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I have red PVC tape wrapped around my 17mm socket and also the locking wheel nut key. An advantage is it makes the locking key easier to spot and harder to lose.

You can buy plastic sleeved sockets too.
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It's always a good idea to have something between the tool and the wheel bolt hole, or you are going to end up scratching them.

I learned this the hard way years ago... new alloy wheels and a socket wrench with a very coarse inset writing (tool size and maker name) in the socket located just in the right spot to take off a huge chunk of paint from the holes edge! Made me furious!
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Halfords sell the Laser socket with plastic sleeve if you want a pukka tool

Halfords | Laser Alloy Car Wheel Nut Socket - Air Impact 19mm
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be careful when you have new tyres fitted - I found that mine were marked around the nut holes after a visit to KwikFit. You could tape the locking nut key, but still get marks around the 3 others unless you supply your own socket for them to use!!
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When I picked up my Brera brand new from the dealer, all four alloys were damaged around the locking nut socket. I was informed that the cars come into the UK with all standard nuts and that the locking ones are fitted here. So the day I picked up my new car I had to have them book it in for an alloy refurb. !!!!!!
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