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      02-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Removing wheel weights paint issue

I recently had a tire replaced at the local dealer after I found a screw in the tire. Yesterday when I was washing the car I noticed that there is some damage to the paint on the wheel where the mechanic pulled off the stick-on weights. Maybe the paint came off with the glue? Should I ask the dealer to pay for a new wheel or is this type of damage unavoidable?
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Unavoidable IMO. Drive hard, use your brakes hard and the imperfection will quickly be covered with brake dust.
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Unavoidable IMO. Drive hard, use your brakes hard and the imperfection will quickly be covered with brake dust.
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Unavoidable IMO. Drive hard, use your brakes hard and the imperfection will quickly be covered with brake dust.
Why is it unavoidable. Does this always happen when you pull stick-on weights off a painted wheel?
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      02-25-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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Why is it unavoidable. Does this always happen when you pull stick-on weights off a painted wheel?
Why after wearing your shoes you can see some wear signs???

Even if you wash them... Everything is wearing and will not stay always NEW
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Why is it unavoidable. Does this always happen when you pull stick-on weights off a painted wheel?
Why after wearing your shoes you can see some wear signs???

Even if you wash them... Everything is wearing and will not stay always NEW
I wasn't looking for an analogy. I was looking for facts.
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Why is it unavoidable. Does this always happen when you pull stick-on weights off a painted wheel?
Why after wearing your shoes you can see some wear signs???

Even if you wash them... Everything is wearing and will not stay always NEW
I wasn't looking for an analogy. I was looking for facts.
Ah, but there is wisdom in analogies
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Not always BMW, so mutatis mutandis... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wheel+weight+damage&l=1
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i guess using a heat gun prior to removal would make the weights come out easily without affecting the paint
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Normally I see them use a plastic wedge to pry the old ones off. Even then or by any other means, if the adhesive on the weights actually pulled off paint, sounds like the paint wasn't on very well to begin with. I can't see a way in which that particular shop could be held liable for anything either way. Now if you saw sharp edged screwdriver marks, then I'd be pissed, otherwise - not much you can do about it.
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On these wheels, the weights should be the type that stick on the back, of the wheel, not the front. Whatever shop stuck weights on the front should be avoided in the future. Always check before you go to a wheel shop if they use the right equipment.
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On these wheels, the weights should be the type that stick on the back, of the wheel, not the front. Whatever shop stuck weights on the front should be avoided in the future. Always check before you go to a wheel shop if they use the right equipment.
Not really an equipment issue, but the tech using it who decided to attach the wheel weight on the outer rim.

As pointed out above, they usually can be removed without damaging finish using a heat gun. Alternatively, something like Oil-Flo solvent can be used.

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In the original post there's no mention of the weight being on the outer part of the wheel. I assumed it was a weight stuck to the inside. Can you clarify Ajshanny?
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In the original post there's no mention of the weight being on the outer part of the wheel. I assumed it was a weight stuck to the inside. Can you clarify Ajshanny?
It was a stick-on type weight. It was just inboard of the spokes if that makes sense.
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In the original post there's no mention of the weight being on the outer part of the wheel. I assumed it was a weight stuck to the inside. Can you clarify Ajshanny?
Oops, sorry if I added confusion!

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