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We’ve all experienced it: driving through the streets of London, searching for a parking spot. You find a space, slow down, and carefully turn in, only to hear the crunch and scrape of your alloy wheels against the kerb. It’s a painful sound, and upon inspection, you see the unsightly damage—a scrape that spoils the colour, style, and performance of your car.

What now?

Book Alloy Wheel Refurbishment or Diamond Cut Repairs with Whoops Wheel Fix It to restore your wheels to their best condition. Additionally, read our top tips for preventing and repairing kerb damage.

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What is Kerb Rash? 

Curb rash refers to the damage that occurs when your car’s wheels come into contact with curbs, resulting in scratches, scuffs, or even gouges on the wheel’s surface. This type of damage is not only cosmetic but can also affect the integrity of your wheels over time.

How to Avoid Kerb Rash

There’s no shame in it—we’ve all scraped our wheels against the kerb. London’s streets can be narrow and busy, and parking often feels like a battle. Here are some tips for avoiding kerb damage:

  1. Maintain Proper Distance from Curbs: Always be mindful of your distance from the curb when parking or manoeuvring your vehicle. Use your side mirrors and backup cameras to help guide you.
  2. Slow Down When Parking: Reduce your speed when parking next to a curb to give yourself better control and minimise the risk of accidental contact.
  3. Use Wheel Protectors: Invest in wheel protectors or rim guards that provide a buffer between your wheels and the curb. These accessories can absorb impact and prevent direct damage to your wheels, especially when getting used to the shape and size of a new vehicle.
  4. Practice Parallel Parking: If you’re new to driving, take time to practice and master parallel parking in a safe environment. The better you are at parking, the less likely you are to scrape your wheels against the curb. London’s busy streets require excellent spatial awareness and parking practice to avoid kerb rash and scrapes.
  5. Be Cautious with Tight Turns: When making tight turns near curbs, be extra cautious and take the turn slowly to avoid hitting the curb with your wheels.

How to Repair Kerb Damage

Despite our best efforts, kerb rash can still happen. If your wheels have suffered damage, call us on 020 7060 3666 or email for a free quote. 

However, if your wheels have suffered minor damage and you’re set on repairing them yourself, follow these steps to restore their appearance. 

  1. Clean the Damaged Area:

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the damaged area with soap and water to remove dirt and debris. Dry the area completely with a clean cloth to ensure no moisture remains.

  1. Sand the Damaged Area:

Use fine-grit sandpaper (around 240-320 grit) to gently sand the damaged area, smoothing out any rough edges. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.

  1. Apply Filler:

For deeper scratches and gouges, apply a wheel filler compound to the damaged area. Use a plastic applicator to spread the filler evenly and let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  1. Sand the Filler:

Once the filler is dry, sand the area again with fine-grit sandpaper to achieve a smooth, even surface. Clean the area with a damp cloth to remove any sanding residue.

  1. Prime the Area:

Apply a primer specifically designed for wheels to the repaired area. Allow the primer to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

  1. Paint the Wheel:

Choose a paint that matches the colour of your wheels.Apply several thin coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. This helps achieve a smooth and even finish.

  1. Apply Clear Coat:

Once the paint is dry, apply a clear coat to protect the repaired area and give it a glossy finish. Allow the clear coat to dry completely.

  1. Polish the Wheel:

After the clear coat has dried, use a wheel polish to restore the shine and blend the repaired area with the rest of the wheel. Buff the area with a clean, soft cloth for a seamless finish.

By following these steps, you can effectively repair kerb rash and keep your alloy wheels looking pristine. For more severe damage or professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Book Alloy Wheel Repair at Whoops Wheel Fix It

Repair kerb rash, dents, and scratches with Whoops Wheel Fix It. Our expert team has the equipment and experience to restore the style, safety, and performance of your alloy wheels.

We offer both in-house and mobile alloy wheel repair services, so you can either bring your vehicle to us or have our team come to your home—whichever is most convenient for you.

Call 020 7060 3666 or email today to schedule your repair.

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