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Registered 2016 SLC200
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Well, it probably had to happen sometime, crunched a rear alloy on the kerb at the weekend while parking the car. Just cosmetic thankfully, no chips or dents in the rim but it's annoying me so will have to get it away to a specialist to be repaired.

Anyone have any pointers or tips when choosing someone to do this work? New experience for me so are there any elephant traps to be avoided?

First problem to be solved is that I don't have a spare, so will need to beg, steal, borrow (or even buy) an old wheel & tyre so I can move the car around at home while the damaged wheel is away at the menders.

Yes, I'm cursing myself for being so clumsy!
 

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It may be worth asking if your local Dealership has a “Smart” repair service. I’ve had wheels refurbed by them before, usually reasonably priced and 24 hour turnaround, but you leave the car with them.
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That was an excellent shout, many thanks for chipping in. Called the local stealers and they do indeed offer this service! £85 + VAT which compares with a price I saw for a local independent rims place. Sensibly they want to see a photo first but hopefully all will be well, the car will be restored and I will be £102 lighter to remind me not to be so clumsy in the future.
 

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May well be worth finding out which smart repair guy they use and contacting him/her directly - they will likely only be paying him half what they are charging you.
Really good advice.

Off topic, I have an antique clock that needed repairs--store I take it to charges me 40% than the guy they pay to fix it.

Definitely do some "background" research to find out who your tire/wheel store uses and cut out the middle man (y)
 

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There are plenty near me that come to you. Have you tried Google?

Mine charge around £50 a wheel and they look brand new!
That is cheap! We have a very few wheel refurbishers here in Sweden and I asked two of them for a quote on my extra set of wheels. They are not so nice, as you can see, but the quotes where close to EUR 500.-. And thats for each wheel!
 

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That is cheap! We have a very few wheel refurbishers here in Sweden and I asked two of them for a quote on my extra set of wheels. They are not so nice, as you can see, but the quotes where close to EUR 500.-. And thats for each wheel!
WOW! That’s seriously expensive.... I’ve had four done on an Audi and it cost £240! When he’d finished they honestly looked like brand new wheels. Not a bad job either, ground the dents out, painted and triple lacquered....

Maybe there’s less people doing it near you, I have a choice of 8!

Crazy!
 

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Yep two ways to do them. Grind them back in a lathe. Best option.
Cheaper option. Manally fill the scratches. Paint and then clear. Good vids on YouTube.
 

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The RED one had its wheels refurbished by the non MB dealer from where it was bought. Unfortunately, one of the wheels picked up a slight graze. Visited two refurbishers to see if they could match the paint colour so just one wheel would need refurbing. They both looked at the wheel and then the other wheels pointing out that the varnish was lifting. They both enquired where they had been refurbed before. Replied that it was the dealer from where the car was bought. Both said 'ah, they will have used a guy who does the refurb in the back of a van and you are never going to get a good job that way'.
 

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Yes. That us how they work. It is always a third party upon whom you are reliant. I had two wheels on my E500 ground back properly. Perfect.
 

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Here in Ohio I looked into having my SLK 32 AMG wheels refurbished. They were not bad at all just a few very small scratches I just wanted a change. I think the MB wheels are aluminum wheels with a factory silver paint coating on them. I was thinking of having them repainted black or red or silver blue. All I could find were specialty shops that buffed all the nicks and scratches out of them refilled any dents than repainted them for about $300- $400 a wheel. BUT..... they gave no guarantee if you lived in Ohio or any other state that used snow melting chemicals on the roads in the winter. So I decided mine looked OK after all. I had this same problem with a replacement wheel I bought form Car-ID for a new Nissan last year. The paint on the new wheel started to flake off in a year. I don't take my good cars out during the winter for this reason. I have old junkers I drive during the winter for this very reason. You might look into just replacing the whole set of wheels with some bad-a.. after market looking set that will give you a warranty. By the way after seeing a few nice sports cars with black wheels. I did not like the black wheels on the cars. The wheels look small and do not stand out at all, just my opinion. Its hard to beat a big bright silver wheel. Good Luck, Everyone in the U.S.A. have a Good 4TH July
 

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That is cheap! We have a very few wheel refurbishers here in Sweden and I asked two of them for a quote on my extra set of wheels. They are not so nice, as you can see, but the quotes where close to EUR 500.-. And thats for each wheel!
It was pretty expensive the price you were offered. I fixed 3 of my 18 inch AMG rims last year and paid 350 Euro for all 3. They almost looked like new afterwards. Mine was not as bad as yours (possibly 50% - 60% damage as yours).

When I checked around the prices varied a lot. The most expensive option I got was a company that would have 200 Euro per rim, almost twice as expensive as the cheapest option. Of course, I did a background check on what quality they deliver and people's experience with the company. I was very pleased with the work and I thought/think 350 Euro for 3 rims was cheap.
 

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Another twist I really wasn't expecting. Got the SLC out today and discovered a flat tyre - on the wheel I scraped last weekend! In the much bigger picture with about 520,000 deaths so far from Covid-19, a slow puncture is nothing more than a nuisance. But it didn't make my day.

Not sure where the problem lies - the rim scrape shouldn't be causing it but wondering if the sidewall is damaged. Or just a fluke and I've picked up a nail or something.

The tyre has to come off the rim anyway so all will become clear then. Worst case, new tyre!
 

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It’s easier than you think to restore them yourself. You done even need to take the tire off. Just need a rotary tool and some clear coat.

 

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Having seen some of the MB Alloy wheel Smart Repairs on their cars for sale, I'd not recommend that route...

My 10 Spoke 18" AMG wheels are Diamond Cut face and in-laid with Himalayan Grey inserts....
(Inserts look a lighter grey on a sunny day!!)
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I visited a wheel repair place in Maidenhead yesterday that had good Google reviews (Perhaps the owner has plenty of friends..!!)

The owner of the Maidenhead branch seemed to know his stuff and advised on My two wheel issues:
1) Got a slight buckle on the inner edge of the F/N/S wheel, can be seen when the car is jacked up and spin the wheel....
YouTube Clip: https://youtu.be/kSBLmh_eNGo
The Owner said it could be heated up & straightened for ~£75, including repairing the damaged paint, but with out damaging the finished on the front face of the wheel. (Though the company does get You sign a disclaimer, as with out X-Ray'ing the Alloy Wheel, they can not advise if the wheel has been weakened by the process, or the original impact the caused the flat spot..)
Interestingly the Owner said that if the slight flat spot was not causing any wheel wobble, to consider not to bother straightening it..

2) Then one of My rear wheels also has a minor scuff on the diamond cut surface after a petrol station island jumped out in the path of the wheel.... 😢
The Owner said that though some people claim to do a local repair the diamond cut finish, the only way to get a perfect finish was a complete wheel re-furb, which with the diamond cut finish & dual colour is ~£135.
(I was aware when I was looking at buying a R172, that diamond wheels cost twice as much to repair..!!)
Again with such minor damage, Owner said You may wish to just live with it not being perfect...??
(Bearing in mind You can only re-furb Diamond Cut Wheels twice or so, before going over to a solid Powder Coat colour....)

As a side note, I already have a spare Rear Wheel and on the look out for a spare Front Wheel, as the 18" Mercesdes Light Alloy Wheels should be considered expendable items on UK roads....
 
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