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Old 07-26-2016, 01:14 AM
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Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

I was watching an old Power Block episode a couple of weeks ago. The guy demonstrated repair work for black painted aluminum wheels with curb rash.

Basically he grinded and sanded the damage on the wheel, bondoed the missing material, and painted/blended the finish. They turned out nice.

I saw an episode of Wheeler/Dealers where they ground down the damaged aluminum, added weld to build up the missing material, and polished-out the damage. Again, nice result.

Now to my situation. I have 3 black vapor wheels with pretty minor curb rash. I was wondering if anyone had a simple home remedy to improve the look. I am not desperate enough to send them to Michigan for complete refinishing (I'm in Arizona) - not only the $1100 plus freight, but it's my only driver.

I was toying with the thought of slightly grinding the damage and trying to blend in black chrome spray paint. I figure worse case scenario, I would just remove the paint.

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Old 07-26-2016, 07:27 AM
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Re: Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

I'd have them powder coated or painted black. The black chrome is so easily scratched you can hardly touch them while washing. Mine have fine scratches on them from a brush that was supposedly safe to clean them with. My srt only has about 2600 miles on it so I'll fairly pissed. Looks like I'll be spending a day polishing them out. What a pain. Black powder coating is looking better and better.


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Old 07-28-2016, 04:54 PM
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Re: Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

I completely removed each wheel the other day to scrub the insides. On the last one I was free rolling it down the driveway and looking at my phone. It hit the sidewalk and landed right on its face. I felt nauseous and angry at myself. When I lifted it up, I almost passed out from the hurt. It literally made the impression of the asphalt on the spokes. Luckily I just ordered new wheels and I can get it redone. Just not sure whether gloss black powdercoat or black chrome again?
They'll be my winter wheels and the ones I use when I trade it back in.
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Re: Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

Yeah, powder coated or black is the way to go most definitely!
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Re: Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

Detroit tire is now a vendor here. They can repair it with the same facility that does the oem black vapor. Pm them
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Detroit tire is now a vendor here. They can repair it with the same facility that does the oem black vapor. Pm them
Sweeeeeet! Dude, you rock with the info and hook ups.
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Detroit tire is now a vendor here. They can repair it with the same facility that does the oem black vapor. Pm them

Good to know. I had an episode with a wheel brush that was supposed to be safe on all wheels. It wasn't. Luckily I was able to get the scratches out with a powerball, but I was starting to fear my 2,600 mile SRT was going to need new rims. 👎🏻


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Re: Black Vapor Spider Monkey Wheel Repair

Once you accept that it's a truck, the impossible to avoid minor imperfections you can't even see from 5 feet away no longer matter. You'll go crazy otherwise.
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Once you accept that it's a truck, the impossible to avoid minor imperfections you can't even see from 5 feet away no longer matter. You'll go crazy otherwise.
I would need therapy to get to that mind set and it would be more expensive for therapy sessions than to just repair the wheel.
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I would need therapy to get to that mind set and it would be more expensive for therapy sessions than to just repair the wheel.

I hear ya!

If you went through what I did two weekends ago (see my Broken Gorilla thread), you'd be there with me. It's a truck. A nice truck.


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Detroit tire is now a vendor here. They can repair it with the same facility that does the oem black vapor. Pm them
I don't see them in here. Can you send contact info?
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Detroit wheel and tire in vendors forums
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