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Old 02-02-2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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I have a set of 16" LGT mesh wheels that I want done in gold for my WRX. Originally, I was just going to paint them myself with some Duplicolor gold engine enamel, and the help of my friend who is an industrial painter.

But, I met a friend of another friend that does powdercoating out of his garage, and offered to do mine dirt cheap. I jumped at the opportunity, however, he'd never done gold before, and the color he came up with, while certainly nice, just doesn't suit my tastes. Too glossy and flashy, I want something more like STi wheels.

So, now I'm kind of stuck. I'd like him to do it, mainly because of the added strength of powdercoating. I've seen a lot of comments in other threads that painting it won't last long, even with primer and clear coat. But the powdercoat color he has just doesn't agree with me, plus I'd still have to try to paint my centercaps to match.

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Old 02-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Who do you have that does powdercoating up that way. I wonder if I know the guy you are talking about.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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Who do you have that does powdercoating up that way. I wonder if I know the guy you are talking about.
Consdering you're the previously mentioned friend that pointed me out to him in the first place, yeah, I think you know him.
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tell the guy that you really dont like the color of the powdercoat and see if he can do it another color. IMO, I would just paint them myself. They will hold up well if you properly prep the wheels (scuff them up, clean with mineral spirits, spray on primer). Trust me, I've done my wheels twice(color changes) and they hold up fine.

Current: HWP105 Bronze



Old:
HWP102 Graphite


I liked the old color better, but I thought the bronze would turn out a different color.
FWIW, I used Duplicolor High Performance Wheel Coating both times: http://duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html
Hope this helps you!
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Thanks man, that does help. Yeah, the wheels are already stripped to bare metal and prepped for powdercoating, so they should be fine for painting. As for paint, I have Duplicolor self-etching primer (the greenish stuff), Duplicolor HiPo Wheel Clear Coat, and the Gold Engine Enamel (they have no wheel paint in gold).

Oh, and nice wagon.
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