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Old 10-29-2007, 01:56 PM   #1
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after searching for a bit i found out that powdercoating forged rims is bad for the rims. My question is does this also hold true for the 04 bbs rims? i thought they were cast and the new enkei bbs rims were forged but im not sure. i want to get the silver bbs' acid dipped to clean, and then powdercoated a nice gold color, since most places will bake the rim in order to get the old coating of paint or whatever off. If i am not mistake the initial baking process is what ruins the rims, not the actual powdercating process. if powdercoating is harmful to the wheels, i guess ill just paint them. But yea, if anyone can let me know how far off i am from the truth id appreciate it.
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:11 PM   #2
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I cant speak specifically about the BBS rims but I have had WRX stockers and some UK 17" wheels P/C with no problems. I have read many debates about the heating process damaging the forged rims but also know many people that have done it with no problem including many locals.

Typically the existing paint is sand-blasted or removed with some other type of media. The P/C is applied and then baked at 350-400 degrees. It is this baking process that can sometimes cause problems.
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Its the heating process that bakes the powdercoating on that is harmful to the forged aluminum wheels. The heat ages the metal and makes it brittle.

There are other methods to set the powdercoat...and lower temperature baking processes.
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Its the heating process that bakes the powdercoating on that is harmful to the forged aluminum wheels. The heat ages the metal and makes it brittle.

There are other methods to set the powdercoat...and lower temperature baking processes.
with higher prices ill have to find some places in my town and see how they are. im not sure how well the paint lasts if i end up going the painting route, i guess i have to go search again.
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
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i PC'd my 04 bbs gloss black. it was one of those things where i had no choice. I bent a wheel, damaged another and i had to get them fixed. They powercoated them (over the option of painting them), and they turned out great. If you track your car a lot on the stockers, maybe its not a good idea, but its been like almost 3 years and i havent had a problem.

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