I scratched up my right front rim on the curb the other week. It's not horrible, but it's certainly noticeable. I've got the 18's, but not the ultra brights. Anyone have any suggestions on smoothing out the scratch?
Check your yellow pages for rim shops, if it's not THAT bad, they may be able to spot fix/refinish for as little as $50. We had rims on a Cutlass damaged by a shipping company a few years ago and two wheels were badly damaged at $150 apiece, and the left rear had a dent in the lip that they were able to fix with a spot repair that only ran $50. Couldn't tell they had been damaged once they were done working on them.
Alluminum doesn't rust, but salt can eventually eat away/pit the alluminum over time enough to make it look unsightly. It shouldn't cause any driveability issues but may throw off the balance a little if there's a chunk missing. But if as you say it's just a scratch, then you could leave it as it is or if you want it fixed (cosmetics), see a rim shop and have them refinish/spot fix it. There were literally chunks missing of the lip on 2 of the rims on our Cutlass and they fixed it for that $150, and that one rear wheel had a dent (about 1/3 inch deep) in that side lip and they only charged $50 for that which is more complicated to fix than a small scratch. Can you take a picture of the scratch?
I can take a picture, but I'm not sure when. It's raining today and will dark by the time I get home. Maybe I'll pull out a flashlight or something.
Sounds like something I should get fixed, but it doesn't need to be done immediately.
Also, is this something the dealership may be able to fix? I may just wait until my 6k free oil change. Although the dealership may just tell me I need a new wheel or charge me way more than an independent place.
The Body Shop would be able to fix if they have the facilities. If they don't they'll probably just send it out to a rim shop anyway. I found out, when we were getting estimates for the shipping company, that none of the dealerships here had the facilities to do rims and were just sending them out to Alberta Rims to get the work done. So we just ended up taking it directly to Alberta Rims, and they were anywhere from $25/per rim to $200/per rim cheaper than the dealer body shop. One body shop wanted to put 3 new rims on at $800 apiece!!