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Old 08-08-2005, 04:00 AM   #1
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Lightbulb 97-04 GT Wheels painting?

Anyone paint or powdercoat their stock GT wheels?

I have Duplicolor Graphite wheel paint and was going to start the project.
But sanding down the wheels by hand is a royal pain in the butt. So I have the project on hold for a bit. I may just get them sandblasted to same time. I really want to powdercoat them($50/rim) but to paint them is only like $40 total so what the hell.

Anyway, since it's been a while i have had second thoughts on the colors.
I have gold P1's so i think i want to do a dark color, maybe even bronze.

If anyone has painted their GT's lemme see!! What do you guys think of Gloss Black instead of Graphite(Gun Metal).

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Old 08-08-2005, 04:08 AM   #2
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http://xt6.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3269

I think the guy did a poor job, but you get the point.

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Old 08-08-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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I did a set but don't have pics...I wasn't impressed. I would pay to have them powder coated. If you ARE going to paint them DEFINITELY get them sandblasted. I wasted a lot of time to do a crappy job of sanding them down.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:07 AM   #4
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I've try both and the wheel paint only look good for about a year... Dont apply the clear coat, its look yellowish... (my wheel paint was white)...

This winter i've got my wheel powdercoat with a polished lips and it look amazing... I'll try to post a picture when i'll come back home! It cost me 600$ canadian for the job (300$ for the powder coat and 300$ for the lip.)
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:31 PM   #5
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http://rallitek.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2049

Here is a link to my painted wheels

FYI - I am very happy with the turn out.

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Old 08-08-2005, 02:46 PM   #6
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twigle, are you from a french canadian part of canada?

scoobiegt, powdercoat your wheels. don't do any subaru stuff half-ass.
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Old 08-08-2005, 04:47 PM   #7
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scoobiegt, powdercoat your wheels. don't do any subaru stuff half-ass.
Funny, I was going to say something comparable to the second half of that one... If you go to save a few bucks and it looks awful, you'll be unhappy with the results and be out the money you spent, and if you decide to fix the situation, it'll cost the money you would have spent on top of that.

The spray job in the link fibuz posted looks pretty poor. Apologies to the owner, but those ain't any shade of pretty, although they may look better from a distance.

I say, do it right, or just pass. It's only aesthetics, after all.
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:06 PM   #8
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Scratches + curb marks = a wonderful story-telling history.

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Old 08-08-2005, 08:07 PM   #9
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Scratches + curb marks = a wonderful story-telling history.

Scratches + curb marks = an ugly car...
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Old 08-09-2005, 05:10 AM   #10
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Cool. Thanks for the responses guys.

I again I'd like to powdercoat but would rather put the $200 towards the tires for these ( I got a hook up!). Plus these would just be a spare set of wheels that I would mount whenever I want a change from the goldies. I have yet to decide if i want to put all terrain tires for the mountains or Falken 615 's for the track on these.

I guess it all comes down to how much it cost to sandblast. The $50/wheel for powdercoating includes all the prep. so sounds like I'll be making some calls.

So what do you think about the color (Powdercoating or not):
Gloss Black Vs. Gunmetal?

Thanks Guys.

BTW-Any more pics..anyone?

-Stephen
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