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Old 07-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Powdercoat durability

Sooooooo I want everything to be black. Windows, lights, tails, chrome, wheels. Black.

I want to have winter wheels and summer wheels. I was planning on buying black summer wheels (probably 18 x 9.5) sometime next summer. For the winter I was thinking of using the stock wheels and powdercoating them black. Is this a good plan if I am going to be using them in the winter? I have never powercoated anything so I have no idea how it holds up. I live in Upstate NY so in the winter we have a ton of slushy salty goo that gets all over the car and wheels. Will the salt destroy it?
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Should be good but the rest of your car... Yea that will rust
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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Forged rims don't hold up to the high heat very well. Sometimes you can do single stage powder coating but if you have a 2 stage like a candy powder coating. Then they likely will crack.

Rims that are not forged don't have the same problem but if over heated cracking can still happen.

Powder coating can also be done DIY. I have done several parts now. Like 05 sti axles that had far amount of rust on the inner cv. I did them and it turned out good.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:04 AM   #4
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I've had two sets of rims powder coated and they have held up great threw the winter months and summers. I've had no chipping or peeling of any kind and have had no problems with salt sitting on them.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:39 AM   #5
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Plasti dip! $5 for a can and you can redo it every year. Idk how much it would cost to plasti dip in your area but definitely a cheaper option.

Or go with steelies
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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If you're planning on getting them powdercoated, make sure you go to a reputable shop that knows what they're doing. Like some have said above, overheating will weaken the wheel.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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I bought an STI with black wheels, and they have chipped pretty badly. How can I tell if they are stock black or powdercoated?



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Old 07-24-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #9
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I bought an STI with black wheels, and they have chipped pretty badly. How can I tell if they are stock black or powdercoated?



http://postimg.org/image/coyaltzpl/
well first thing is that stock wheels aren't black.


judging by the fading and scratching, most definitely rattle canned.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:56 PM   #10
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+1 for plasti-dipping winter wheels
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:32 PM   #11
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Alrighty, that settles that! Different dip colored wheels for every winter!

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Should be good but the rest of your car... Yea that will rust
Im gonna get it under sprayed with anti rust oil goo disgusting stuff that I really dont want on my car at all! But if it gives me more years before it gets rusty then it was worth iit.

Thanks all!
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:23 AM   #12
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I've heard about issues with the salt/ice melting mix they put on the roads now in New England as well. If they spray a layer of clear coat on the wheels after powder coating, would that stop the corrosion?
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:37 AM   #13
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You should always get a clear unless your doing a flat no shine color theres even a clear coat that make the paint look like a flat color. A 40%-60% clear should help with any salts just have to watch out for what cleaners you use to clean the wheels that can degrade the clear on the wheels.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:50 PM   #14
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^Not true. There are powders, especially Powderbuythepound's "Super Durable" colors that are a high gloss without clearcoat and extremely durable.

https://www.powderbuythepound.com/Super-Durable-Colors/

I've powdered with several of these colors and they're great.

He is talking about powder coat, not paint.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:20 PM   #15
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I guess your right ive done some reading just not enough to start powder coating for myself.

Some of those colors still come with no UV protection where the powder would just fade over time, this i was probably thinking of since those powders still need a gloss, which some people still dont care about.
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #16
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Just for the record wheels that are heat treated don't do well with a long powder coat cure. The factory aging temperature is in the same range. Artificially aging hardens the aluminum and gives it strength. Over aging make aluminum stronger, but brittle. You want to just flash the powder coat to cure and not get the whole wheel up to temp. Think of it like a steak. Seared on the outside and rare/raw in the inside vs well done with a nice brown color all the way through.

Think of it this way. In a rally would you rather bend a wheel had have it hold air until the end of the stage, or crack/break it and be doa? Heat treating is an art and a science.
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