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Old 11-30-2018, 02:18 PM
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e63 stock wheel corrosion around center caps

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See attached images. I have some corrosion around the center cap. Its on all of the wheels and has been there since I got it (about 6 months ago). The condition of the wheels other than that is great. I seem to remember reading some others having this issue but never found any suggested solutions (besides warranty replacement by Benz). Anyone else have this issue?Any suggestions on what I can do, besides completely refinishing the wheels? Is it possible to sand that area and blend? Thanks for the help!


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I'd take them off and have them resprayed. The corrosion will eventually pit the rim (s).
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This is a product of contaminants getting under the clear coat. The easiest solution would be to have them blasted and resprayed. If not then the corrosion will continue and eventually start pitted the wheel.
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So get them blasted down to the metal and then have them repainted? Any idea on how much that cost?
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So get them blasted down to the metal and then have them repainted? Any idea on how much that cost?
I would say, no more than $150 - 200 per wheel. For the price, you might want to consider buying new aftermarket wheels.

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Just wanted to give an update. I finally found someone to do my wheels. I was convinced the corrosion could be sanded and clear coat blended without a complete refinish. I drove around my local Benz dealership and found the wheel guy in his box truck they outsource. The corrosion was really bad on all 4 wheels around the center caps. He said he could do it and told me the process. In my mind, the worse case is that they wouldnít look perfect but better than what they were and I could always completely refinish. So I dropped my car off in the morning and he called me around lunchtime saying they were done! The amount of time it took him also lowered my expectations a bit. Upon arrival, I was beyond surprised and impressed. All of the corrosion was gone and I couldnít even tell it was there before. Everything looked solid, smooth, and blended perfectly. Oh yeah, he also fixed minor curb rash I had on all four wheels that the previous owner did. All of this. All four wheels. For $150!!! Is it as good as a complete refinish? No. Will it last? No idea. But this car gets garaged, stays clean, and rarely sees rain so Iíll see how they hold up. Best $150 Iíve ever spent. I know this is issue is relatively common so hopefully this post will help some others when dealing with this issue. Other places wanted $1000+ and would take a week+.

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I would say, no more than $150 - 200 per wheel. For the price, you might want to consider buying new aftermarket wheels.
I bought a rough set of W210 E55 wheels for my wagon. I had them fully restored and it cost me $860 out the door IIRC. That included straightening (all were bent), removing all the rash and having them powder coated the original silver color with polished lips. They weren't perfect when done, but were 99% there (a few tiny blemishes in the powder coat). This was at one of the most well known places for doing this work in this area. Turn around time was 2 days.

If anyone in the SF Bay Area is interested, this is the place I used. Jose and his team there are awesome. FWIW, they're cash/check only. https://www.yelp.com/biz/rite-way-wi...s-walnut-creek
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That is a great deal and the wheels looks fantastic! The gray does look darker than usual though, have these wheels been refinished before to your knowledge?
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That is a great deal and the wheels looks fantastic! The gray does look darker than usual though, have these wheels been refinished before to your knowledge?
I donít believe so? You mean the charcoal grey inside the spokes right? All of the e63 wheels Iíve seen look the same. It was a really cloudy and rainy day plus I have black caps so maybe it makes them look darker?
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The gunmetal gray look right to me, as I don't see anything wrong with the color.
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WOW...the quality of work for the cost is amazing...does this guy take mail in orders? i'm sure many on the forums would love his services.
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WOW...the quality of work for the cost is amazing...does this guy take mail in orders? i'm sure many on the forums would love his services.
True. I need this for my wheels.
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Originally Posted by farkis644 View Post

Just wanted to give an update. I finally found someone to do my wheels. I was convinced the corrosion could be sanded and clear coat blended without a complete refinish. I drove around my local Benz dealership and found the wheel guy in his box truck they outsource. The corrosion was really bad on all 4 wheels around the center caps. He said he could do it and told me the process. In my mind, the worse case is that they wouldnít look perfect but better than what they were and I could always completely refinish. So I dropped my car off in the morning and he called me around lunchtime saying they were done! The amount of time it took him also lowered my expectations a bit. Upon arrival, I was beyond surprised and impressed. All of the corrosion was gone and I couldnít even tell it was there before. Everything looked solid, smooth, and blended perfectly. Oh yeah, he also fixed minor curb rash I had on all four wheels that the previous owner did. All of this. All four wheels. For $150!!! Is it as good as a complete refinish? No. Will it last? No idea. But this car gets garaged, stays clean, and rarely sees rain so Iíll see how they hold up. Best $150 Iíve ever spent. I know this is issue is relatively common so hopefully this post will help some others when dealing with this issue. Other places wanted $1000+ and would take a week+.
Wow, I'm impressed. Would love to know what he did to it. I have the same problem with my wheels..!
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Wow, I'm impressed. Would love to know what he did to it. I have the same problem with my wheels..!
donít quote me on this but I want to say that he said he sanded them down, used a liquid metal of sorts to blend/protect, then clear.

Drive around a local Benz dealership ( or any dealer really) and look for a box truck that may or may not say wheel repair on them. Ask them for a cash deal. They all have them to my knowledge.
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