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Old 07-11-2004, 02:43 PM   #1
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Question painting stock rims

I just got a free set of stock wrx rims and i was thinking about painting them(gold). Any suggestions, I saw on a couple threads that people powder coat them, anybody know how much that usually costs? Anybody have any other techniques that worked well? thanks
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Old 07-11-2004, 03:07 PM   #2
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There's a company local to me that wants $400 to powdercoat a set of wheels.
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Old 07-12-2004, 12:53 PM   #3
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Old 07-13-2004, 11:06 PM   #4
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Powder will cost $100-$400 and is well worth it. I do my own and charge $100-$150. Shop around and look for a local place that is priced good. Talk to racers both car and bike.
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Old 07-14-2004, 02:09 PM   #5
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For reference - I painted my stock rims gold and use them during the winter. Its been 3 winters and there are barely any scratches (bad winters). The trick is prepping them (prep took me 2 hours per rim)

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Old 07-14-2004, 11:38 PM   #6
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I am having a set of rims powdercoated for $50 per rim, check your yellow pages and call around, much tougher than paint and worth the money.
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Old 07-15-2004, 12:01 AM   #7
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finished painting one today

prep took 2 hrs
here are some pics

dupliccolor graphite btw

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...63286459JCsCfA
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Old 07-15-2004, 12:02 AM   #8
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looks nice
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Old 07-15-2004, 12:15 AM   #9
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looks nice
thanks, i thought about powder coating, but 200 was outrageous imho

this will cost me (not including time) $50 or so

4 bottle of spray paint, 2 of clear coat, sand paper, (400, 600), and paint thniner.
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Old 07-15-2004, 12:46 AM   #10
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personally im not a fan of powdercoating aluminum wheels. it hasnt been 100% proven, but i belive powdercaoting amunium screws of the tempering process the wheels were manufactured with.

i used rustoleum semi-flat black on my stockers and they came out really well. all i used fro prep were a couple of those red 3m brilo pads and brake cleaner.
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:17 AM   #11
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powdercoating requires baking them in an oven at high temperatures. when was the last time your wheels were so hot that you can't touch them w/o special oven mitts? exactly... aluminum alloy wheel aren't made to be baked, they'll weaken.

I strongly suggest just preppint them yourself (aircraft paint stripper and masking tape) and spraying them yourself.
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Old 07-15-2004, 01:32 PM   #12
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i bought some oem rims that were painted gunmetal. the guy said he just used krylon from home depot. it looks alright, but i can chip the paint away with my fingernail if i tried hard enough. the point is, its cheap and looks good, and if it chips just add another coat. also you can remove it easily with some acetone or paint thinner too.
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Old 07-15-2004, 02:28 PM   #13
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when was the last time your wheels were so hot that you can't touch them w/o special oven mitts?
Last time I came off the track at VIR?
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:01 PM   #14
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If I remeber correctly ( might want to double check) but I think powder coating only heats up to about 350F which isn't to bad for a cast aluminum wheel. Even forged aluminum wheel usually a 6061 alloy need more heat then that to mees with the temper of the alumium. Other alloys it will be different.
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Old 07-15-2004, 06:39 PM   #15
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yea, i paited my stockers with just paint, i did a ok prep job, and it lasted about 9months or so. where it looked real nice. almost powder coated looking.
if you do your prep corectly, it would last a while. i did not even use a clear, and it looked great. and about 10 bucks worth of paint too.
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There are many wheels that are powder caoted from the factory, BBS and BMW rims come to mind and I don't think anybody has had a problem with any of those. Besides you cannot recreate certain looks that powder offers with paint. And you cannot compare the durability, yes you get what you pay for. CHRIS.......
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yea, i paited my stockers with just paint, i did a ok prep job, and it lasted about 9months or so. where it looked real nice. almost powder coated looking.
if you do your prep corectly, it would last a while. i did not even use a clear, and it looked great. and about 10 bucks worth of paint too.
Shane
yeah i bought shane's wheels!

hey shane any suggestions for stripping the paint off?
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powdercoating requires baking them in an oven at high temperatures. when was the last time your wheels were so hot that you can't touch them w/o special oven mitts? exactly... aluminum alloy wheel aren't made to be baked, they'll weaken.

I strongly suggest just preppint them yourself (aircraft paint stripper and masking tape) and spraying them yourself.

Where do u buy aircraft paint stripper, and can you use this instead of sanding them down?
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Old 07-16-2004, 06:18 PM   #19
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sanding sucks
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These are both my wheels that I powder coated myself and the ones on the car are from Nov 2001 never touched. They need to be cleaned but that's different, the gold's are right out of the oven. The oven only goes to 350 and they have been hotter than that at the track. After they cure even if they get up to 350 they will not melt they even have high temp PC 1200+. After having people paint and then seeing my wheels they always wish they powder coated them. You get a hardness and depth you just can't get with paint. But some people think it's bad and some like me think it's great it's all opinion not much more.

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These are both my wheels that I powder coated myself and the ones on the car are from Nov 2001 never touched. They need to be cleaned but the different, the gold's are right out of the oven. The oven only goes to 350 and they have been hotter than that at the track. After they cure even if they get up to 350 they will not melt they even have high temp PC 1200+. After having people paint and then seeing my wheels they always wish they powder coated them. You get a hardness and depth you just can't get with paint. But some people think it's bad and some like me think it's great it's all opinion not much more.
I was not aware that you could powdercoat wheels gold... that looks awesome!
This may seem out of line but would you be willing to do my stock wheels gold, just like yours? (I would pay of course) I love how they are that gold color! Looks awesome!

-Nigel
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