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It was bound to happen, but I didn't expect so soon. Got a bit of curb rash on the edge of the rim. That edge is the polished alloy, and I believe unpainted. Figure just leave the rash as it was?

On my old Civic rims (which were painted), I had gotten Honda silver touch up paint that was a close match and touched up small and larger spots.

I'm not expecting to make it look better, but hoping to avoid it looking worse. Do I need to worry about corrosion now that the rash is on there? Clear coat it with the Honda touchup? At least it's not scratched on the black portion which I believe is painted and touching that up would require a bit more work to find a color match.
 

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It was bound to happen, but I didn't expect so soon. Got a bit of curb rash on the edge of the rim. That edge is the polished alloy, and I believe unpainted. Figure just leave the rash as it was?

On my old Civic rims (which were painted), I had gotten Honda silver touch up paint that was a close match and touched up small and larger spots.

I'm not expecting to make it look better, but hoping to avoid it looking worse. Do I need to worry about corrosion now that the rash is on there? Clear coat it with the Honda touchup? At least it's not scratched on the black portion which I believe is painted and touching that up would require a bit more work to find a color match.
I almost curbed my alloy wheel within the 1st week of owning my Insight, too. Somehow only the tire sidewall was scraped a little but no damage to the alloy wheel. It was from driving into this parking lot with a very narrow pathway that had raised cement curbs on both sides. I had a 09 civic that had steel wheels with a silver wheel cover. After curbing them a couple of times and the silver flaking off due to time. I replaced them with the same oem wheel cover for about $30 per tire. The only other car I had with alloy wheels was my 2017 ford fusion which I leased and luckily never curbed. So I have no clue on how you go about to repairing the alloy wheel. A picture might help other members better recommend a solution.
If you curb a wheel hard enough, it can result in more than just cosmetic damage, and that should definitely be fixed. Scraping off paint and clear-coat finishes on a wheel will allow oxidation and can cause pitting and corrosion. https://www.cars.com/articles/how-do-i-repair-a-curbed-wheel-1420684865406/
^I'm not sure how bad the damage is but the above article mention it's possible for corrosion.
 

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Did some research online by tracking also Civic wheels since the design is similar. No definitives on a paint color match, but low cost tip was to go with a Sharpie silver oil based paint marker. I didn't have a before photo, but I do have here an after photo. Not going to be a perfect match and it'll look rough anyways without out patching and grinding. I had some black touch up paint which used a little to cover the dark grey spots that got exposed. Enough reduce my annoyance from a distance and reduce thread of corrosion (which I didn't see on my old wheels, though I always touched them up too). City parking will do it...otherwise you park too far from the curb and lose a mirror or worse.

Sharpie marker available at OfficeMax/Depot for $2.50. You can also get the marker in black for $3.29 to touchup the dark portions of the wheel, but it might standout more.
 

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