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Old 11-02-2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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Welp, my car is down for the count with a blown-out up pipe. So, while it's down I plan on taking care of a few things I've been putting off - namely painting my wheels while I wait for some new rubber to come in.

I'm looking for input on automotive painting vs. powder coating. I have access to both, though getting it painted at my buddies auto body shop will run me $200 vs. taking it to a local powder coater who's asking for $340.

Is there a huge difference in durability between PC and automotive paint? FWIW, the car sees some off-road use on dirt and gravel.
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I would think paint would be easier to touch up if damaged.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:38 PM   #3
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I would think paint would be easier to touch up if damaged.
My paint buddy is saying that, plus powder coat tents to continue to flake off once chipped is why paint may be a better choice for me. It's also cheaper so likely going that route. He also mentioned that most wheels these days are painted and not powder coated anyways.
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:33 AM   #4
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I own a powder coating shop here in Canada (Ion Coating) and can tell you first hand that paint wonít hold up nearly as well as properly applied powder.

We constantly get business from auto body shops and people who have attempted to paint the wheels because of how a wheel just sees so much abuse and everyone seems to have issues with paint. The key here is making sure your powder applicator know what they are doing and has a proper setup.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:08 PM   #5
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I own a powder coating shop here in Canada (Ion Coating) and can tell you first hand that paint wonít hold up nearly as well as properly applied powder.
So, presuming that powder coating or paint was applied by an applicator know what they are doing and has a proper setup, what do you think the durability would be under normal conditions?

When I say normal, I mean the usual wear & tear of daily driving.
Off Road use just changes the whole scenario so it's too hard to even begin to guesstimate on that. Too many variables.

How hard is it to touch-up powder coat and can an individual do that, or does it need to be a professional?
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So, presuming that powder coating or paint was applied by an applicator know what they are doing and has a proper setup, what do you think the durability would be under normal conditions?



When I say normal, I mean the usual wear & tear of daily driving.

Off Road use just changes the whole scenario so it's too hard to even begin to guesstimate on that. Too many variables.



How hard is it to touch-up powder coat and can an individual do that, or does it need to be a professional?


Under normal conditions and proper care (no harsh chemicals) the wheels would likely outlast the car/engine at least! All joking aside, the coating should last a VERY long time. Same canít be said for paint.

You can definitely touch it up with an automotive grade touch up paint. We do it all the time to touch up hook marks from hanging the parts.
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