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Old 03-10-2008, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default '06 WRX wheels on BD Sedan: What color? (Gold) *PICTURES ADDED*

I picked up a set of 2006 WRX wheels for fairly cheap. There is an inch of curbage on one wheel, and some light scratches, so I want to have them powder coated to get a nice finish on them. They're the 17" seven-spoke design.

What color should I use? I was thinking I like silver, but maybe a shade or two darker, but not all the way to gunmetal... I also have to see what my options are from the powdercoating place. But I would also be open to painting them if I can't get the color I like.

I would also consider a bronzeish color, as the car is red, and I like bronze on red. Don't want gold, it's too bright, though. Also, if anybody knows of a place that does a good job of powdercoating wheels in OR I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:58 PM   #2
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Based on personal experience, I'll warn you that getting the color you want with powdercoating isn't as easy as with paint. I made 2 attempts to get a set of wheels powdercoated the "typical" silver color and didn't have much luck. Maybe I was just dealing with a crappy shop? I ended up having them painted and ~5 years later they look perfect.

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Old 03-10-2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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awwww, but gold on red looks awesome!

I don't have any gold examples, but here are some pics of the WRX wheels on a red BD:


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Old 03-11-2008, 12:54 AM   #4
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wow i had forgotten how much i hate cars with bras. Anyways ...I am now red/gold STi BBS, and it looks way better then i thought it would.






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Old 03-11-2008, 01:26 AM   #5
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that's hot. literally. I always liked red and they are super rare it seems.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:07 PM   #6
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Based on personal experience, I'll warn you that getting the color you want with powdercoating isn't as easy as with paint. I made 2 attempts to get a set of wheels powdercoated the "typical" silver color and didn't have much luck. Maybe I was just dealing with a crappy shop? I ended up having them painted and ~5 years later they look perfect.

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Thanks for the info, Pat. I talked with a guy who's repairing the slightly bent wheel in the set, and asked him about powdercoating, and he said that it's not a good idea to powdercoat aluminum wheels, as they lose their strength (temper) when heated. However, I do know that there are some low-temperature ways to powdercoat using chemicals.

I think I'll just paint them. That gold does look sharp... I'll have to look around and see what paints are available.

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:07 PM   #7
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I used just gold engine paint on em its realllly close to the BBS paint ( unnoticeable when one two separate rims like my two fronts only)

So if you like the way the BBS goldies look on red i think the brand was duplicolor and that stuff is really easy to get so paint away.

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info, Pat. I talked with a guy who's repairing the slightly bent wheel in the set, and asked him about powdercoating, and he said that it's not a good idea to powdercoat aluminum wheels, as they lose their strength (temper) when heated. However, I do know that there are some low-temperature ways to powdercoat using chemicals.
There's plenty of debate about that - search in the Wheels & Tires forum and you'll find a couple of threads with much bitching back and forth. For a set of street wheels I wouldn't worry about it. The wheels I had powdercoated (twice) are coming up on 5 years of use as street wheels and they're fine. If they were track wheels, or if they were forged, I would not powdercoat them.

Anyway, I've seen plenty of good results with guys that have just painted wheels themselves. Whether you do it that way, or have them professionally painted, I think you have a better chance of having good results.

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Old 03-11-2008, 07:21 PM   #9
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I love my gold sti bbs, but my car is white and gold, so it makes sense. They do look good on that red one, though.

I agree about the bra comment. Very dated look. But he may live in bug city or near a rock quarry. Maybe it's a necessity rather than a fashion choice...

Anyway, those wrx wheels will look great on your car! get pics up when you are done.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for the pics. Yeah, I'll paint them, going to try to take the bad one into the shop later this week to get repaired.

I just saw a thread in the wheel and tire forum that gave me an idea: I'll repaint them silver (or dark silver), then paint the depression in the middle of each spoke either gold or red to match the car. Not sure if the red would look good but it'd be unique. The other option would be gold with a silver stripe in the depression. Either way I'll do a matte clearcoat on it, I think that will give the look I want. I am going to try painting them myself. I had a good friend paint some VW wheels and they came out awesome. Besides, if I mess up, I can always repaint them!

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Nightmares of pimp my ride are in for me tonight...


Jk I geuss that would work, but i am a fan of the plain clean stuff. The red stripe sounds cool but I wouldnt do it to my car.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:17 PM   #12
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Nightmares of pimp my ride are in for me tonight...
The gold I was considering would be close to the 2nd gen Limited wheels where the face was silver and the inner surfaces of the spokes were a light gold color... looked great IMO. Not blingy at all. And not chrome and shiny gold either. Ugh. Maybe I'll put some hydraulics on it while I'm at it!
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Get that thing poppin with 2 Jackhammers, you'll need to beef the suspension up to handle the weight.
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I tried black, but got bad reviews.
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i was going to do the Duplicolor gunmetal wheel paint, that stuff is nice, really deep looking.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:39 PM   #16
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I think flat black might have come out better. I personally think gloss black only looks good with a couple of colors: black and black

I also think that because the spokes are fairly spaced out on these rims and there's a lot of open space, black contrasts too much with our sexy red paint but not enough with the rotor/tire/space behind the rim.

This wheel is about the least amount of metal I would consider on a car like ours - similar to a BBS wheel. I don't like the real thin spoke wheels where there's a low number of spokes (less than about seven). They look great on some cars, not ours, IMHO =]
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I tried black, but got bad reviews.
yeah, for some reason that black just isn't looking right. Like mentioned in the previous post, maybe a matte black would've worked better. At least it looks like you did a quality job in the painting/production.
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I tried black, but got bad reviews.
i have 80% gloss black 16's and they look pretty good with almost any color another thing you may try is painting center caps back to silver it will change apperance a lot.




notice same rims completely different colors and still look pretty good.

back to the topic now, i like dark rims, like gunmetal should look pretty good on red just dont paint center caps it makes it look unproffesional and cheesy IMO.
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Old 03-14-2008, 06:36 PM   #19
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Well, I am a sucker for anything Gunmetal! I also dig the 06 WRX wheels!

Paint them gunmetal, Sell them to me for cheap, get 13" daytons(gold of Course) and airbrush Tupac on the hood!
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^hahahaha wat.
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:15 PM   #21
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IMHO with a red body, gotta go gold:

Silver is OK, but tends to cool down the hot red (but may look better with some interiors).
The subtle luster of gunmetal is wasted against the vivid red and ends up looking murky (better on darker colors or metallics).
Black kinda looks like 4 spare wheels.

Gold just sets the whole hot and blingy redness on fire. You can't have a bright red car and back off the bling at the wheels :

Kawikid20o2 - your red wagon is excellent. I haven't seen a red wagon I liked before, but that is top notch. Nice work.
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I dropped the damaged wheel off today to get repaired, and asked the guy for some tips on refinishing. I'm going to scotchbrite the wheels, then use a duplicolor primer (one layer), then either a silver or gold/bronze color (2 thin layers, more if needed) and a couple of layers of clearcoat. I will post pics when I'm done.

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IMHO with a red body, gotta go gold:


Gold just sets the whole hot and blingy redness on fire. You can't have a bright red car and back off the bling at the wheels :

Kawikid20o2 - your red wagon is excellent. I haven't seen a red wagon I liked before, but that is top notch. Nice work.
Agreed, and thank you for the compliments on the wag00n, she gets only the best treatment, that is until the autox.

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I dropped the damaged wheel off today to get repaired, and asked the guy for some tips on refinishing. I'm going to scotchbrite the wheels, then use a duplicolor primer (one layer), then either a silver or gold/bronze color (2 thin layers, more if needed) and a couple of layers of clearcoat. I will post pics when I'm done.

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Light coats FTW though, definitely. the color can sag and thats just a biznatch.

A little under 20min between those coats should work just fine, sand if you see something you don't like, more paint wont cover scratches.

GL buddy.

edit: for crappy PS of gold wheels on that BD up there with the bra.

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That is a weird tomato-ish shade of red on the bra-car. It's got a kinda General Lee thing going on there. Is that just the picture or is it really that shade?
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