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Old 10-21-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default BBS Gold, powdercoat or paint?



Just picked up the 2013 STi. However the BBS on this thing are Silver.

I really want the old Gold back, so I am thinking of coating these ones.

I am finding it really hard to find a color match in powder coating. Does anyone know how the original BBS are coated in the gold, is it anodized or something?


Anyways, I either find a good powder match, or paint.

If I get them stripped, how would I go about painting with the Grim speed BBS to make them look shiny and new. Is there a powder coat clear that I can have put over the top to make them really tough? I just want them to hold up....
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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Painted mine bbs gold turned out good.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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Would you happen to have any photos? How did you clear it?
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Just picked up the 2013 STi. However the BBS on this thing are Silver.

I really want the old Gold back, so I am thinking of coating these ones.

I am finding it really hard to find a color match in powder coating. Does anyone know how the original BBS are coated in the gold, is it anodized or something?


Anyways, I either find a good powder match, or paint.

If I get them stripped, how would I go about painting with the Grim speed BBS to make them look shiny and new. Is there a powder coat clear that I can have put over the top to make them really tough? I just want them to hold up....
you have to choose paint or powdercoat. You cant powdercoat a clear over any type of paint, the paint will kinda melt off and ruin everything. Find your nearest location that does powdercoating and show them a picture of the BBS gold and I bet they can match it up!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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Is powder considered to be more durable than paint?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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^^^ I would say yes but depends on if they are winter/summer wheels one if u take off tires increase chance of damage of painted vs powder
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:24 AM   #7
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Pics check out my profile in submitted
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #8
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:10 AM   #9
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I think I am just going to paint them. How durable are they going to be if I have them sandblasted down, prime them, paint them, and clear them? I want them to look good.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #10
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Or you could just trade me, I have gold BBS but they book funny on a white car.

Seriously though, I think paint can hold up fine, the biggest factor is the quality of the work. If they're prepped well and done with plenty of coats you should end up with a solid finish. Likewise, I have a set of wheels that are "powder coated" but they are chipped and scratched like crazy.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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Or you could just trade me, I have gold BBS but they book funny on a white car.
Really, I think the gold looks amazing on white cars
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:44 AM   #12
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Well as a closure I saved all the hassle and purchased the gold ones for $660. In great shape, so hopefully I got a good deal! Thanks for the advice everyone.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #13
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nice purchase. i was actually looking for 08+ gold bbs for mine
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:20 AM   #14
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looks sweet!!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #15
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I would always go powder, its magnetically attached to the rim!
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #16
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Default Want/Buy wheels???? 06 sti

Does any one have any black or dark colored wheels for an 06 sti? I dont have fender mods or anything, and would like rims close to the stock rim sizes.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #17
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for another option, there are some special clear coats that in some cases can be stronger then powder such as PPG's durathane clear (DU1000) great for rims and marine use.
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