How to Repair a Curb Check on Chrome Rims

by Jenny Carver
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Chrome rims are a bright silver color with a very shiny surface. When these rims get curb checked, which means rubbed against a cement curb, they become pitted and scuffed in the spot that hit the cement. Chrome is a hard metal, unlike aluminum, and not as easy to repair. But with some hard work, materials from an auto parts store and a few hours of time, you can repair a curb check on chrome rims yourself.

Step 1

Carefully sand the area that was hit on the curb using 220 grit sandpaper. Sand until the area is smooth, without pits. It's okay if scuff marks are still visible.

Step 2

Sand the area again using 400, then 800 and then 1200 grit sandpaper. Keep the sandpaper soaking wet while sanding so buildup doesn't scratch the chrome rims any further. Rinse the rim and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3

Place masking tape and paper over most of the rim that is not damaged. It's okay to let a small area around the damage to show. Make sure the air valve stem is covered with tape so that paint doesn't seal it shut.

Step 4

Use chrome spray paint made specifcially for chrome rims. Spray a light coat over the sanded area. Keep the coat as light as possible while applying even coverage. Let this coat dry for five minutes.

Step 5

Spray a total of three or four coats of chrome paint over the repaired curb check. Allow the paint to dry for 8 hours.

Step 6

Check the paint to make sure it is completely dry. Use the cotton towel and chrome polish to polish the entire rim. This will help blend the newly painted area with the whole rim.

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