Rim protectors? Anyone using them?

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Soooo last year my wife curbed one of my wheels. Today she curbed another one. 😑

I could get the curb damage repaired, but since it's likely she would just curb another wheel again, I considered getting some rim protectors to "hide" the curb damage. Here's how one wheel looks:

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The other wheel is a little worse, but like this one, the damage is only on the lip. Has anyone used RimSavers? They seem like the most user friendly option.
 
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I am not confident that 3M tape is enough to keep that in place when curbing happens.

Look at the bright side, scratched wheels prove that this car has been to places.... :)
 
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Just bought some wheel blades like a month ago after I got a bit of rash from a curb. I have yet to install them though. Will update with pics once done
 

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I am not confident that 3M tape is enough to keep that in place when curbing happens.

Look at the bright side, scratched wheels prove that this car has been to placers.... :)

I mean, you're probably right, but if it can help to prevent damage and hide the existing damage, I figure why not, right? Lol.

Ideally I would just have the damaged wheels repaired and repainted, but because this is a "custom" colour, I'd need to get all four wheels repainted. I'd probably be looking at $400-500 CAD after all is said and done. Plus I can't guarantee that I'd be the only driver, so the risk that she might kiss the curb again remains.


Thanks @TimPro, I'd appreciate that.
 
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I installed them today and I’m very satisfied. A few thoughts:

They were easier to install than I thought they’d be.
They are barely noticeable on my particular wheels/color.
They look as good as how well you install them.
This is a pic of the worst one I did. By the 4th, I was a pro.
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Nice, the only way you can tell is the seam in the top left.

My only issue now is colour.. they don't sell them in the colour of my wheels, so I'd have to either try and paint match them after they've been installed, or go with red to match the centercaps. I'm worried that if I go red, it'll be too much red. Hmm..
 

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Oops, forgot to update this thread. I ended up ordering a roll of the cheap stuff from Aliexpress, just to see if I would be into the look. It came in a couple of weeks ago, and I installed it on one of my wheels. Covered up the rash nicely, but I just didn't like the look. I ended up taking it off and using some bronze nail polish as touch up paint to tide me over until I decide to do something more permanent (get new wheels or get these ones repaired and repainted). Pics below:

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It was worth the $10 just to see if I would like the look or not.
 

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