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Unfortunately yesterday when taking my son to football I got a little close to one of these old, tall stone kerbs and heard this horrible scraping noise. On getting out to my utter dismay I had scraped the drivers side rear alloy. :cry: I am totally gutted. The only good thing was my sons team won 7.1

What I would like to know is what can I do? Is there a repair I can do or do I need to take it to the dealer?

Any help and advice (technical - not on how to park and how not to be an idiot please :lol: ) would be appreciated.
 

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Look for a alloy wheel place that restores wheels, I think that they are around £60 - £80 per wheel.
 

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look for a 'smart-repair' company, sometimes they come out to you too ... prices as per Jim's suggestion
 

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look for a 'smart-repair' company, sometimes they come out to you too ... prices as per Jim's suggestion
I've not been impressed with smart repairs I've had in the past. The finish is visibly not equal to the original factory finish, is prone to flaking and is more difficult to clean. I would be tempted to get the wheel fully re-furbished, I don't think the price is that much more and it will be like new.
 

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Big Jon the Ireland rep had his fully refurbished ans anthrecite coated at £80 a corner on his GTA and they looked f'in marvellous!
 

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I have just got my car back today from having one wheel refurbed and another touched up it cost me 76 pounds. Done by a body repair place where I live ( not much use to you ) but I would recommend that than having one come to your house.........Will add pics tomorro
 

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I recently bought a 159TI from my local dealer (Chris Variava in Nottingham) and as it was 1yr old it had several quite bad scrapes on the alloys. They told me they use a firm to repair them and when I picked her up the wheels were totally like new. He said the company travels round the country to various Alfa dealers so they may cover your area or have a local branch? Worth a call to find out the name as the finish was superb and completely indistinguishable from a new alloy.
 

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I must say I am really impressed with this site and the help from members. Thanks. Will post update on how it goes with the repair when I decide which way to get it done. :thumbs:
 

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I must say I am really impressed with this site and the help from members. Thanks. Will post update on how it goes with the repair when I decide which way to get it done. :thumbs:
Well then, you'll just have to get the 'full fat' version and buy a membership then.... :D;)

BTWInterested to hear how good the repair is. Ive ruined one of my 19" alloys on my TI :cry:

EDIT : Just noticed youve signed up!!!
 

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I wasn't impressed with the results from chips away (see post above), interested to know how yours come out...
He has done a pretty good job of mine - had a very bad scrap in the dished part of the spokes.

Try another guy from chips away - there should be more than one local to you.

Other wise ask a local garage who they use and they will give you the name of a local specialist

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If you're worried you're going to scrape it again, or that the cost is high, you can touch up the scrape with some standard silver or aluminium bodywork touch up paint from Halfrauds - clean the scrape, then use the brush to apply paint. The result is not absolutely perfect but really improves the look and fills the scrape. It's hard to tell that there's any scrape at all until you get right up close to the wheel.
 

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Whereabouts are you mrbuzz? I know a good Midlands based place for Alloys...........? Its gutting when you hear that scraping noise!!
had all four of my horseshoes done but quickly re-kerbed the rear nearside slightly.....grrrrrrr
 

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I've had one of the LE wheels refurbished by the dealer (they do get someone in to do it) and I'm not happy with the results. The finish is noticeably different to the other wheels. It doesn't have the baked on lacquer look of the others wheels and isn't as smooth to the touch. It looks like its been sprayed silver without any lacquer.
 
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