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Old 11-03-2004, 02:15 PM   #1
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Question Powder coating BBS wheels

Is this a seriously bad thing to do? I've read a few guys who powder coated their BBS wheels and they got hacked on by many a person. I like the look a lot better, but wouldn't want to screw things up. Any input would be great. Also, anyone in Edmonton know where you can get it done? Or can I do it myself if I decide to go down that road?
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:23 PM   #2
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You cannot do powder coating yourself. It would be prohibitively expensive to get the appropriate guns to "magentize" the surface, obtain the coating, the necessary baking, etc. A larger scale powder coating production line costs in the neighbourhood of $500,000.

The cost of a shop doing it is not overly expensive. I had called around a few years back and it should cost you in the neighbourhood of $50-$100 per wheel.

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Old 11-03-2004, 03:36 PM   #3
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There is a place in Edmonton that can do it but I can't remember the name. A couple friends had their bike frames done locally (Edmonton) without any complaints.

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:08 PM   #4
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I've had my BBS wheels powdercoated for the same reason. Happens to be the same colour as brake dust. I had mine done by Perfection Powdercoatings on the westend. Call Bruce Willox, he took good care of me. 16832-110Ave. If memory serves me correctly it was like $100 per wheel. Let me know if you want to see mine before you commit.

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:27 PM   #5
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I've had stuff done by Bruce at Perfection as well. They do nice work there.but be careful if they screw something up on you...can be tough getting proper compensation out of them.
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:11 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I really like the dirtier look of the powder coat.
Jeff: Is your car at Rally right now? I was at Rally today, and they had three STi's there. I think two '04s - one hit a curb and one was burning oil - and it looked like a new '05. Anyway, I have seen one WRB STi twice now at Rally (today, and a few weeks ago) and that one had BBS wheels that could have been powder-coated. That yours? Anyway, that'd be cool if I could check yours out before I decide to do mine.
Flexx, you have a rough go with those guys? Did they screw up your wheels or something?
Thanks guys.
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:23 PM   #7
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not my wheels, they screwed up my intercooler........it was quite the ordeal.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:29 AM   #8
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Squashman: Nope, neither of those 04s were mine. I've had no issues at all other than the rear struts which will be replaced in the spring by Paul/Jeramy. I've had my winters on for almost a month now. Got any plans this weekend, maybe we could meet somewhere? I'll throw one of my wheels in the trunk for you to check out. You definately want to be sure before you do this, those BBS are honking expensive to replace. Mine were a little darker than I was expecting. I was shooting for the anthricite that my OZ Superleggeras were, too bad they didn't fit on my STi. Those wheels were awesome.
Let me know and we can set something up this weekend.

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Old 11-04-2004, 09:35 AM   #9
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not my wheels, they screwed up my intercooler........it was quite the ordeal.
Flex, I can see why the intercooler would be a tough one. Didn't you have an issue with the blasting media still inside your intercooler? I am going on memory here which is good, just really short. How were you able to resolve the issue? Hope you didn't have to replace the intercooler, cause that would suck big time.

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Old 11-04-2004, 01:08 PM   #10
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Flex, I can see why the intercooler would be a tough one. Didn't you have an issue with the blasting media still inside your intercooler? I am going on memory here which is good, just really short. How were you able to resolve the issue? Hope you didn't have to replace the intercooler, cause that would suck big time.

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They didnt plug off my intercooler properly before they sandblasted it and filled it full of sandblasting sand. I took it to a bunch of places and every said they could not guarantee me they could get it clean and all recommended me get a new one.

The issue was resolved but it was alot of giving on my part. Instead of making them buy me a brand new one ($1000) I searched for a used one ($250) So because I looked for a used one I had to rent a car to go back to work. Also there was extra labor at Rally because they put the intercooler on, noticed the sand and had to take it off again and then put the used one back on. The total bill will the car rental and labor and the price of the used intercooler came to around $550. So I saved them about $500 by going used and it was nothing but a fight and I didnt even get it all. They wouldnt pay for the rental of the car, even after I saved them a ton on getting a used part. And they complained about having to pay the extra labour at Rally.

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Old 11-04-2004, 03:46 PM   #11
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Flex, that was kind of expensive other than the money. Renting a car and your time to run around. They didn't handle the situation very well IMO. I'm of the opinion that if they foresee problems, then they should try to minimize the chance as opposed having an unhappy customer that probably won't be back. Penny wise a dollar short comes to mind. Bad news travels way faster than good. Glad it worked out for you in the end.

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Old 11-04-2004, 09:50 PM   #12
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Hey Jeff, this weekend would work for me. Sunday would probably be easiest. What works for you? Let me know and we'll see if we can find a time and place that works for us.
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Old 11-04-2004, 10:10 PM   #13
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Hey Matt, what end of town are you in, I'm on the southside. Southgate works for me, but we can pick somewhere more central if your north of the river. I'm up early so anytime works for me.

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Old 11-04-2004, 11:55 PM   #14
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haha, I remember selling you my old stock one. It was good everything worked out and it got shipped quickly Quite the fun you had there!


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They didnt plug off my intercooler properly before they sandblasted it and filled it full of sandblasting sand. I took it to a bunch of places and every said they could not guarantee me they could get it clean and all recommended me get a new one.

The issue was resolved but it was alot of giving on my part. Instead of making them buy me a brand new one ($1000) I searched for a used one ($250) So because I looked for a used one I had to rent a car to go back to work. Also there was extra labor at Rally because they put the intercooler on, noticed the sand and had to take it off again and then put the used one back on. The total bill will the car rental and labor and the price of the used intercooler came to around $550. So I saved them about $500 by going used and it was nothing but a fight and I didnt even get it all. They wouldnt pay for the rental of the car, even after I saved them a ton on getting a used part. And they complained about having to pay the extra labour at Rally.
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Old 11-05-2004, 03:37 PM   #15
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Squashman, you have a P.M.

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Old 11-05-2004, 11:31 PM   #16
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haha, I remember selling you my old stock one. It was good everything worked out and it got shipped quickly Quite the fun you had there!

Im glad you pm'ed me.....I couldnt find a used one anywhere. But all got worked out and the car is running awesome..........
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