When looking for ways to customize your ride, it's wise to install accessories that won't just breathe new life to it but will also perform practical functions. The wheel cover will do just that. Besides making your ride's side profile more attractive, this add-on also protects the vehicle's wheels against water, mud, road debris, and other elements that may cause scratches, rust, and other forms of damage.
But over time, the cover itself also gets scratched and dented, making it look unsightly. When this happens, you have to fix it immediately or it would surely detract from your vehicle's appearance. Here are the steps to fix your scratched wheel cover:
What you'll need:
- Clear coat
- Wheel paint
- Soft nylon brush
- Sandpaper (600 grit)
- Flathead screwdriver
Note: While it is important that you work outdoors so you'll have good ventilation, make sure the area isn't windy as there's a chance that debris will be blown on the wheel cover while you're cleaning, painting, and drying it. Once you've got a good location, bring your working table in there. Put a few sheets of newspaper on the table where you can place the cover after cleaning.
Step 1: Take the wheel cover off the vehicle.
Find out how the cover is attached to the wheels. If it is held in place by metal clips, you can detach it from the wheel by slotting in the tip of your flathead screwdriver between the cover and the wheel and gently prying the clips off. Work your way around the cover until it comes off the wheel.
Step 2: Wash the cover.
With soap and water, rid the cover of brake dust, bugs, and dirt. For stubborn dirt, you can use soft nylon brush. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: Sand the cover.
Get your 600-grit sandpaper and gently sand the wheel cover's surface to get rid of rust and scratches. To avoid small bumps on the wheel cover's surface once finished, wash the cover again with soapy water until all the sanding residue has been removed from the surface.
Step 4: Spray primer on the cover.
The proper way to apply primer is to spray from side to side as well as front and back. By following this pattern, you can coat the cover thoroughly and avoid any striping that may happen when you're painting in one direction. Allow the paint to dry completely before spraying the second coat.
Step 5: Spray-paint the wheel cover.
Once the second coat of primer has dried, get your can of paint and spray paint in the same way as you applied the primer. Apply three coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before spraying the next coat.
Step 6: Apply clear coat.
For a professional finish, put two to three coats of clear coat, allowing the cover to dry in between coats.
Do the same for the rest of the wheel covers and re-install them on the wheels one at a time.