quote:The weight will have a similar color to most painted-aluminum wheels. A kind of grey/silver color (it's basically a wheel weight with paint on it). Ones without it are just bare lead. On a different note, the shop I am currently working at is a defunct NTB which Belle Tire bought. Just thought that was interesting And you really can't do much about the damage, unfortunately. One thing you can do, as a preventative measure, is if you ever decide to get new/aftermarket wheels (or new vehicle) ask your tire shop to only use "sticky-weights" or "tape-a-weights." They are weights with an adhesive tape on the backside. They tyically get applied to your wheel out of sight (behind the spokes). There are some rims that can only be balanced with tape a weights. They don't have a lip where regular weights can be hammered onto. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that removing and replacing your typical weights will take off the clearcoat and sometimes some aluminum from your wheel as well. It normally isn't very visible unless you inspect the lip where the wheel weights are/were. There are some tires that are designed to overlap that lip on wheels so it doesn't appear to portrude out from the wheel/tire assembly. At the very least it gives the unprotected aluminum some protection from the weather... and it also covers up the part of the wheel that normally gets scratched and scored up from wheel weight installation and removal (Goodyear's Assurance TripleTreds come to mind... I believe BFG's classic All Terrain T/As have it as well.. .along with G-Force T/As.... mostly higher-end, expensive tires have them... not all either, just some.. some do call it "Rim Guard" or something along those lines as well.) I think I've been doing this for too long... heheh
Originally posted by seotaji: How can you tell if a wheel weight has an "aluma-guard" coating on it? I had my tires replaced at NTB and they did scratch up the OEM "alloy" wheel where the weights were and where the new ones are. What can I do about the damage, or is it considered standard wear? I keep thinking that my tires are losing air, but I can't figure out why. This thread is great.