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Old 01-04-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Cool Wheel Touch-up (On The Cheap)

Got into this before I even thought of taking before pictures. But I was so pleased with the results that I decided to take some after pictures and throw together this thread. So, my apologies for that (as well as the picture quality) But hopefully they are good enough to give you an idea. Also, there was only one other post in the tire/wheel forum relating to Sharpie Wheel touch up so I thought I might expand on the subject.

Situation--Took my "new take-off" 1-series wheels in to the tire shop for balancing and to have one tire opened up to investigate something loose inside. Previous owner had his TPMS sensors taken out and was something left behind from them. I put new take off in quotes because they had a few more miles on them than the seller was admitting to however they areWERE in like new condition. Anyway, I digress.

What happened--Well the at the tire shop managed to gouge the wheel with the foreign object in it like nobody's business. Unfortunately I didnt notice this until I got home as the tire in question was placed underneath one of the others. Hauling them on the hitch packer in case you were wondering.

Well after i got over my breif insanity I cleaned up the gouged area(s) as best I could and polished most of the damage out except for a few places where there was bare metal. A lot better, but still very noticeable from a reasonable distance. What was I to do???


Yeah, thats right. $3.49 for a Sharpie Paint pen (extra fine tip) in Metallic Silver. I figured that before I ordered the 1Z or Wurth wheel paints I would give this a try and am sooo glad I did.

Forgive the large pic and quality but it was the largest I can attach in order to show what I am taliking about. The picture actually does the wheel a little better than it shows but I beleive that once I top the areas up with maybe another coat and then cover it up with some clear and finish with a little polishing the damaged areas will be almost unnoiceable except from me of course. Not sure how long just the paint may hold up so I am going to clear over top of it and would suggect anyone else do the same.

Each area circled in red had areas of exposed metal that was much much darker than the surrounding paint. After the Sharpie "mod" now not at all.

Just wanted to share my experience so that it may help someone else out. My gouges/scratches were very minor although a couple could have benefited from some filler but I was not feeling that constructive. Nevertheless I think the result is very very good. For those with rash deeper gouges who just want the wheel to be all the same color---Sharpie makes these Metallic Silver pens with broader tips as well.

For those who will undobtedly say I need to be on thier doorstep waiting for them to open, pitch fork and torch in hand, demanding reparation(s). Dont worry. I do business with this shop fairly regularly and this is the first such instance of carelessness that I have had with them. So in the spirit of not making a big deal out of it but at the same time expressing my displeasure they are going to take care of me on the upcoming alignment. That makes me happy so thats all that matters.

As always--YMMV not responsible for any injuries to you or your property if attempting to mimic what I have described here, etc so forth and so on.

Cliff notes -- Sharpie Metallic Silver Paint Pen does a GREAT job for touch up on our BMW wheels. Almost perfect color match. You might want to lay down some clear over top as it is unknown how long the paint may last by itself.

Also-- You TiAg folks might want to give this a shot in an inconpicuous area. I have a feeling its in the ballpark.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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Nice touch ups! Where do you get 1-Series wheels for an E46? I'd love 135i wheels...
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by 330CiJohn View Post
Nice touch ups! Where do you get 1-Series wheels for an E46? I'd love 135i wheels...

I found this set in http://www.1addicts.com/forums/ classified section.

$500 for the set. Wasnt excatly what I was looking for but the price was right so i couldnt pass it up. Should still dress up the looks from the stock 45s and you cant buy 4 tires these days for under $500.. So here I am.

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