How To Repair Curb Rash on Aluminum Wheels! TIG Welding Tips & Tricks from Eastwood

How To Repair Curb Rash on Aluminum Wheels!  TIG Welding Tips & Tricks from Eastwood


everybody it’s matt from eastwood company we’re here doing another live Eastwood tech session in the eastwood garage for you guys to have them watch one of these before we want it to be as interactive as possible want you guys to logon join the chat ask questions and get involved share the the broadcast if over here on the chat Manning that today we have scott and make sure you guys have any questions feel free to ask i’ll definitely knock them out while we’re here or can also move over to Matt and make sure you like and subscribe to our facebook and youtube so you always see the notification so you get to watch fun videos like this alright cool thanks Scott and today we’re going to be doing is I’ve got a bunch of videos even just recently on take basics using a couple of our different take machines and how to use them and how to get set up I’m gonna jump into something that’s a little more intermediate to advanced something I see people a lot of discussion online about is repairing curb rash wheels or damaged aluminum wheels with most of muscle cars today modern cars coming with the women on wheels or if you’re working on something has aftermarket wheels that maybe you can replace repairing them is sometimes the best thing that you can do once you have a tick water and learn it’s actually quite easy to do so you can see this will hear that i have is just a factory wheel but has a bunch of curb rash up in this top section here this is some of the lighter curb rash on this wheel i have a section over here that was pretty bad i have i’ve already prepped this section a lot of the time in doing this project is preparing the metal cleaning everything up so I’ve taken a couple of those steps already but I wanted you guys to see conda you know that’s that’s a like her breasts you can fix real quick i’m going to tackle some of these harder ones here so I had one that was gouged pretty bad so it looks like they started somewhere over here and a scrape probably half this wheel up against the curb with a probably getting the world straight in here so this section is pretty deep in here it wasn’t quite that deep to begin with but what happens is even on these later ones you can see that the scratches or or galloping that’s in the in the metal some is deeper than other and there’s all also as you can see it’s all black in there it’s filled up with dirt and you know we need to get all that out so what I’ve started by doing is I took I took start with a flat disk here on just one of our angle grinders so for half-inch grinder with a flat disk i find it works real quick if you’re just trying to knock the metal down or you know knock it down blend it in we have to be careful because this does work really fast you can take too much metal away you’re not careful with so I knocked it down with that just to get the heavy black contamination out of the metal and what I’m going to do now is I’m going to take the the die grinder here you do with one of our I call diamond bits but not but one of our car by cutting bits that work really well so what I’m going to do is I’m going to get in here gals out the middle metal a little bit more just to make sure I got all the all the major dirt and contaminants out of here first so just give me a couple seconds so what this trigger on the corners are in the edges here on the wheel and I got rid of the sharp edges that were kind of the where the sharp impact it happened I cut around it more down like that there we go i got rid of some of the sharp corners that was a curb rash throughout so I kind of blend it all of that out but it’s actually got some wave to it and is lower there’s one right here that was pretty bad that works i should say some of the others that you’d see it slower so what I usually do is we know that this is probably low from here to here at the least if not further but i’m going to try and focus on this area here first so I’m going to probably start welding further out than the actual heavy damage because it’s actually a little low here and we want to put some material back into it into the work or into the into the lip of the wheel and and then repair that so I’ve hit that with the die grinder with the carbide bits there’s a bunch of different this is my little kit from home actually but I got a bunch of different sizes in here and these come in all different shapes and sizes that will have a full pressure I wasn’t pushing hard i was just lately blending it in so that’s what you want to make sure you do these things can cut steel pretty quickly so on a woman they really eat up material and if you push too hard to go through quick with the grinder it will cause more damage than anything so i got this grind it out here like the shape what i have here i’m just going to go over it once with I have a little one of our stainless brushes here and we always like to write what type of metal it’s being used for so i’m going to use the the women one of course and i’m getting here make sure I just get anything obvious that might be in there because this is a big something that’s a big aluminum part we are going to have to preheat it here in a few seconds so i’m not going to go as crazy as that what if this was a this was something smaller we need to preheat the other set thing you can see here is I hit the backside of this wheel you need to make sure the Queen both sides of the material because we left the paint on the back of this sort of powder coating it may start to pump the two to burn off and may actually burning and kind of pull into our indoor well and cause some additional contaminants that we don’t want so I’ve hit that with the grinders well gotten all the material off we’re also going to hit heat that area with the with the torch so what I have here just to make things simple today is I have a little map gas torch you can use an oxy-acetylene torch you can use a propane torch but it takes you have to sit there quite a bit longer to heat the material so I’m gonna use map gasps it’s pretty it’s pretty quick and it should help heat the metal up but we’re trying to do is do two things here i’m trying to and I’ll talk while I’m doing this we put some gloves on here quick and don’t forget that you know if you have any questions about the process or anything we’re doing through some questions over to Scott and he will answer them or shoot them over to make so we return to guess on here what I’m trying to do is two things as i was mentioning I’m trying to burn out number one any contaminants that are in the metal so I’m trying to burn them out and kind of by preheating it we’re getting we’re getting the middle of the temperature we’re cooking out any any contaminants in that area where welding the other thing is we’re getting this metal up the temperature since this is a pretty large aluminum piece here it’s going to soak up my heat and the beginning of my weld it might be too cool and I may have problems with getting hot enough to throw away the world in there so I’m running over it trying to eat everything up and also burn out any contaminants so I’m gonna get in these corners here and I may see a little section here where little bit of powder coat left so you could use a rosebud torch on oxy acetylene rose by tip on oxy acetylene torch that would work well as also if you have one of those you can also create this if you have a nice powder coating oven larger one you can pre heat in the oven just like you would for powder coat so right now I’m just burning some off then I’m gonna shut this off turn the machine on i will do a little more preheating as we go I think I got most of my don’t burn down here ok so i got most of my junk burned out i’m going to go back in and probably eat right before we weld but i want to go over some of the setup on the machine and it’s okay if it cools a little bit we’ll put some heat back into it it does hold heat for quite a while which is nice is as well while you’re setting that up i got a couple of good ones for their so one of them been koster asked what Siri how do you know what series aluminum the wheel is so you know to choose a similar filler rod the 01 the aluminum in the wheel is really difficult to figure out unless you can go right back to the unless you go right back to the manufacturer and see what it is a nice mid-range filler rod to use words like we’re using today is is 40 43 that’s a good mid-range you can use that will play friendly with most of the wheels i found it doesn’t have an issue the the if you want to match it exactly even if we got the same material that this was out of if we found out that this was 40 43 and we use 4043 on it the 40 43 maybe slightly different because it was made at a different time might be a slightly different grade etc as far as how you know what was the purity and everything that was made with so if you want to polish this out you always see a slight difference in in the hue of the repair or the or the area that you welded so that’s that’s really difficult to do with some aluminum welding if you want exactly the same but I intensive purposes most top so is there any fear with warping them the wheel over heating it and my answer is no I the the heat that we’re putting into this wheel is not enough to actually warp the wheel this big it’s basically just a big chunk of aluminum here it would take an incredible amount of heat to actually cause this to work the little bit that we’re putting in a focused area isn’t enough to actually warp the wheel if you’re getting to that point that would be at the point of you know like a car being on fire and it’s burning for a variable long time we’re not doing that word is heating up a focused area that’s probably you know between these two spokes here’s where the heat affected area is and down below a little bit its heating into it so now you don’t have to worry about overheating unless you’re sitting there for you know days are you got your oxy acetylene torch with the cutting tip cranked up and you might start causing damage that it cool all right so I got a hundred percent our God got these would take 200 a CDC machine you need to be welded on the AC side and I’m gonna crank this on and I have the foot pedal hook up here i have our new I’m gonna be pumping the pedal to put heat in and out as a dip filler rod answer this thing doesn’t doesn’t move around on the floor as much because of the ergonomics of it so i really like that for that reason so i got the pedal set up to about I got cranked up pretty good today crank it up a little more about a hundred seventy amps is the max hundred 780 because this is a pretty thick piece of metal here we’re going to need to put a bit amperage into it to get to get that filler rod to really melt in of again i got on AC I have the clearance effect and I haven’t I have a welded on this wheel wanted to show you guys just what it’s like if you’re doing this you know on something you never welded before we’re gonna have to figure out the clearance effects so i have it set hoops and I about out negative 3 clearance of height or arcs going to be so it’s going to keep it a narrower arc I mean you’re going to get a little bit better go put more heat directly into the piece so I want to be I want a nice tight arc on this because we’re trying to fill this area here and I want it to be too wide and heating up a big area now the downside of that is what we may have to balance out is depending how dirty this metal is we started when we start welding it it may call for us to go a little more towards the positive side will have more of a queen effect a little wider of a puddle but i’m going to try and keep it pretty tight and narrow here we’ll see how it works out as we we strike up an art I have the post flow or the pre flow set point for seconds I haven’t turned up a little bit more than I normally would if I was just welding steel I would have it down at probably point2 so I have cranked up the point for right now on the pre flow and what that’s going to do is give us a little bit of extra s in that little pocket we’re welding ahead of time before you strike an arc that you again help us keep it queen then on the post flow side i have a cranked up to work so I’m gonna crank it up to pry almost four seconds here i want that extra flow of gas afterwards more than what I would normally do probably extra second or so so that I can really keep the shielding guests over that metal because we’re gonna get pretty hot and it’s going to take a little bit for that that woman to kind of go back to solid state so i want to make sure i have that nice and cool nice and long now also on the on the again harder percent our God I have a cracked up to be but I hit this pedal here and joking priced a little ball this is all are upgraded flowmeter it’s a pride gets up to a belt 20 there should get should get up to is where i had set so when we’re welding going to hit it against you can see it do one more time so you see the ball goes up and foot as we adjust the knob get it where you want so i have the pressure cracked up just a little bit more just so that i can get against some extra shielding gas keeping as clean as possible i have on the torch setup i have a just our standard torture comes to take 210 I have one of our gas lens kits attached with a number eight Cup and the gas lens kit is very very important area without having to change the tungsten which is great nice stable arc especially at higher amperage is like we’re going to be welding today so that’s that so I’m going to turn the torch back on and start heating this and trying to get my helmet all in one shot and then a you guys have any questions shoot them over and while you’re heating that up what Scott has asked if i know ron aluminum wheels today want to know you know if you can do it on magnesium wheels pic of a pair of magnesium wheels moon yes you can what you can prepare magnesium with wheels the question was can you repair magnesium wheels the question is yes you can but you generally i don’t have a ton of experience with baggies and welding but a little bit of I messed with you do need to put it in a chamber that’s filled with which shielding gas welding does need to be welded with a TIG welder and you need to put it the actual wheel will need to be almost like a blast cabinet with shielding gas filled in it to help keep yer so that’s something that’s really high up on the expert level i would suggest that unless yes the cabinet to do it in and you’re really comfortable with your welding but yes it can be done I’ve seen it done I’ve seen old race wheels where they fill the lug holes and read Rome so it is possible but it’s not something I would try for your first project so obviously eating this up we’re trying to focus my heat into where I’m going to be welding meet there you got a friend you can get a friend to hold the hold the torch for a while you get set up a multicast machine on your jeans on remember my ground clamp here i have an area that i put that I already ground on the side of the wheel make sure i get a good ground alright so I’m going to get into this pretty quick so we don’t cool down too much scuffed my rod the filler rod here oh I’m gonna start over outside I’m letting that see all those contaminants burn off now I’m much on the panel I’m just gonna let that stuff burn off why start adding any filler rod here add a little a little bit went off ok so you can see I don’t want to go too much further here i do i need to add a little bit of black contaminant that was starting to pop up as I went out because I didn’t kind of didn’t run the torture over to let Queen all the way out into here too much so i didn’t i didn’t start to see some some black in there so I didn’t want to go too much further we don’t get contaminants you can see I’ve done one pass and we filled our bevel you know are beveled area a little bit i’m gonna hit this area i’m going to jump right back into it so don’t be afraid to multiple passes not gonna hurt anything alright so i’m going to jump back into another one that gas well you can see that we’re getting the starting to fill that Pato and I still got a little bit of a low spot here in the center just a little bit but we’re filling on the backside here on the front side here i have a little spot maybe i’ll turn here for Joe if he owes can see yep so you can see in there I got a little spot you see other that’s telling me that’s got some contaminate on this side so before i start hitting this area in here i’m gonna going to definitely hit that with the wire brush to make sure but there’s a little spot here that the that that the damage went nowhere gadget out when a little below there so I’m gonna go back in there I’m gonna do one more pass on the top to kind of get us fairly level and I’m going to come back in flip the wheel up will do this area here there’s a little spot on the back side will do as well so I mean now we got some good heat in it I don’t gotta kind of rush around as much well met we put a crap ton of heat into it I’m gonna go back in i’m actually turn my pedal down just a little bit alright alright let me put my gloves welding gloves are key here something to the extra for your hand because it gets nice and warm out there again I’m starting back from that low point better my pedal from the top left your dad there that are my Forte’s a little bit try to blend it down a little bit when that bottle down come back up here come off i could see we’re getting good now without we actually want this to be a little high on the r filler material to actually be a little high because we want you want to be able to either take it on the wall depending how professional you’re making this either want to put on a wave and cut it off or you’re going to use a sander and gently sand it all in and and blend it and make it all pretty again so you want to put some extra material on so that’s why i was working further out building it up we got our center area is filled up for our is beveled areas filled up and that’s good there so now like what i can do is flip it up on the side here might be a little harder to speakers were blocking the light but see again comfort getting comfortable as our key is one of the keys here so I want to make sure that i can get in there and well that should be able to so since we haven’t touched this area with the torch too much i need to make sure that go in and let the the AC alternating current kind of Queen the metal here so i can get a repair on you can turn this torch on any which way you want so I’m turning it just so i can get my torch in rate where I want alright so on the same piece of filler rod which is nice and whenever you’re ready jewel I’m cleaning out on ahead I’m going to a pastor over it just kind of let me clean now light pattern barely on the panel just enough to interfere in art let it clean down in that Valley where we want to put the material and then I getting here i’m going to put a big bla bla bla bla get dad a filler in there right when i hit the pedal and then i’ll hit gotta blend it all in all not even use it up the filler here alright so we’ll turn the secrecy but that little valley is now filled we didn’t get too much into this into the actual natural curve or you know the original line here of the wheel I tried to stay off of that so that way we can follow all of that and all we’re doing is just standing this flat with a sander to blend it all in so let me flip it up the other way good ok yeah so on the backside here I’ll turn to you guys can see it before i went a bit the backside here pretty good it’s filled pretty well but what I’m going to do is put a it’s pretty good but i’m going to put a little bit i put a little bit more filler right in here just because it’s I want to have it kind of like this area here is in there i want to add a couple extra dab so again we have enough to just blend it all in one more sanding it easier to just sand it a little bit more especially when you’re working with aluminum to get it down so i’m going to do a quick little pass just add a couple little dabs in here and through there and we should have filled enough that we can do a quick blend for you guys let you see yeah so this one it’s up to you can if you want to great i’m going to be so here I’m flipping the wheel up because i want to get comfortable the key is you want to keep your your arm supported at all times so this area here i want it would be hard for me to be down and wellness and have my arm resting so I’m going to use my arm right on the wheel here and we’re going to weld any questions Scott before a hit this quick little spot here right now we’re good cool i mean they’re doing a really good job this is really boring now it will live a lot of viewers so we’re definitely very intrigued by this cool cool let’s just throw away a lot of wheels before I learned how to do this alright so I’m going to do this this little top area here real quick just trying to get my wrist balanced again I’m just going to run over this and we’re not under the lens here but I’m just the same thing just burning off the excess just contamination late that’s left in the middle of the area where I want to weld now i’m going to come back and actually start and still it’s just that blend it all and I gotta move pretty quick here comes along the top edge and once you open up on me there at the added a little bit i saw it must have been something in the metal they’re adding Queen far enough out so that’s actually good stopping point alright so what the Machine off here so i’ll show you guys this and I’ll quit it just real quick with the sander blend in a little bit and then we got any questions I’ll be your last chance to ask for this just any so obviously i repaired areas from here to here when I’m looking out we have we have a bit extra material on there but that’s perfect to blend it back down and get it to the same height as what we’re working on here we still have this little spot here that I haven’t fixed yet I’m going to flip the stone yes alright so I got closer to what i would do from here those guys doing a final final work on this put that down too quick so we got the just a file kit so i would find a file that you know fit best here i can start to slowly filing till I get it so i know that i’m kind of level with the areas on the other side of it as if you don’t have a lathe to do this with so you can have a wet and a way you could take it to a way that you have a big enough wave you could just take it all the way than trim and take just a little extra off but if you’re just a guy in her shop trying to fix the wheel this is the way to do it take a five hit with a sander get close and then work with the file luckily that’s the woman so moves pretty flip if you have any final questions i’m just going to finish this up we’ll show it to you and then we’ll be done here as of right now one someone asked what the great you started with when you were on the on the grinder 3650 okay good yes i was using I could skip over that i was using a 36 great when I’m just knocking it down real real quick again just like using the little carb it’s got to be carefully can’t lean into it too much the nice thing i like about this versus using the flap disc is it’s a little bit flexible so it’s not as rigid so you can’t dig holes in it so with light pressure i can kind of work around i have a second if you need to you can you can swap down to one of these smaller little 3-inch guys and get in these little crevices if you have to i swap them back and forth as need be for this particular section this was not too complex so i would do 36 creek just to knock it down real fast and i’ll come back with a file just to knock down any spots to get it real close and then from there you can you can polish it back up and go up to 281 22 23 24 all the way to a mirror polish if you want but you guys don’t have time to watch me do that then so I’m doing is just kind of looking for any any low spots or high spot but we’re getting pretty level there and we’re going watching you guys haven’t you guys watch me sand for an hour and a half after all the time takes to prep that the welding is quick it’s a at the time before and after the really is what separates a good job in the end so that’s just a quick sand a quick hit with the file in here I’ve for anybody that wasn’t that came into us late that was the area that I repaired in there they had a had a deep cut it was all the way into here you can actually a little bit of damage from when i hit the curb they’re still which I could put a little bit of filler heat up in a dab of filler but writing here’s where we repaired probably from here to here i found it off and got it roughly flat their finances just a tiny bit more let me know that you can see how quickly with just roughing it i can get it back to good and then you just all and how long you want to take it to make it nice again mean depending what you’re doing you may just want to fill in like this and a little more and you’re going to powder coating it may fits admit the powdercoat may fill some tiny little imperfections no big deal you’re trying to mirror polish this you gotta take your time and just take every little pit and imperfection out but that’s pretty good that would be our next spot and we just keep working to wear around your wheel until we had a nice perfect finish so pretty happy with that for how quickly did it any other questions know the questions other than Chris woodruff might want to know to get out of work we’ve inspired him to go do some welding awesome yeah that’s what we want to do is make you guys get to work so X guys for watching if you have any ideas for future broadcaster little projects you’d like to see us to drop us a line and in the comments section either on 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7 thoughts on “How To Repair Curb Rash on Aluminum Wheels! TIG Welding Tips & Tricks from Eastwood

  1. nice video, i need this on four Mercedes mono block wheels, they are getting rare and expensive so if you got'em repair them like this, i am.

  2. lol too fast off the pedal. I roll off the pedal for alu (hot short i think its called). and i oppose the pointed tungsten for alu. But nice work for real

  3. great video! have you had trouble powder coating over that 4043 repair area? I was always told to use 5056 because it takes better to color coating (either paint or powder). I never tried 4043 on wheels, but I have used it on other aluminum parts and it would be SO much easier to flow than the 5056. Thanks

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