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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 07, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Powder Coat vs. Paint

I was wondering about the pros & cons of powder coated wheels vs. painted wheels. I've wanted a set of gunmetal AR Torque Thrust II's for as long as I can remember, but much to my dismay, AR doesn't make a gunmetal torque thrust II. There's a fellow TC member I plan to buy some used TTII's from, and was looking into getting the centers powdercoated gunmetal grey. Powder coating them will be quite pricey though, so I was wondering if they really need powder or if decent paint would suffice? I'm thinking about just rollin' the polished until someday down the road when the body is ready for paint (I keep hoping if I wait long enough that'll just magically happen somehow) and then paint the rims the same metallic grey I plan to do my stripes in...which makes paint more appealing than powder coat because having them perfectly match the stripes would look pretty sharp. But how well do painted rims hold up? How does the cost compare? Local powder coat shops are quoting me $250-500 depending on color.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 07, 10:23 AM
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

My son Jeff painted his to match his stripes about 5 years ago. They are still looking like new. The paint job on the body is falling apart, but the wheels look great.

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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

if the rims have chrome outers, i was told they could not be powdercoated without 'blueing' the chrome. in that case, paint is the only way. i'd use a high quality epoxy.
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

We used blue laquer, Jeff sanded and polished the flat areas and then we put a urethane clear coat over the whole rim. That's not really the ideal system, but it seems to be holding up well. I agree, epoxy would be a good durable paint to use.
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

So you painted 'em yourselves? How much did it cost in supplies? Is rattle can paint good enough or do I need to get a sprayer & do it right? Any idea what a paint shop would charge? Like if I just have 'em spray the rims in the same paint they use for the stripes in on the body while its in there?

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 08, 10:11 AM
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

Looks like I missed this thread. We used leftover paint from the stripes and did it ourselves, so I couldn't give you any idea on prices.

Hope you got it all worked out since Oct.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 08, 02:34 PM
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

Powder coating will take much more abuse than paint. Seen a demo once where a guy hit two metal sheets... one powder coated... the other primer/paint. The hammer took a chunk outta the painted one...the powder coated one had a tiny nick.

But remember, once powder coated, it's a b...to remove.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 08, 06:24 PM
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

You may want to consider this http://www.duplicolor.com/projects/howto_wheel.html Popular Hotrodding used this paint to paint the spokes on their project Chevelle wheels. I have seen this paint used and it holds up real well. If you choose to paint the wheels yourself the key to good adhesion is the prep work.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 08, 07:30 AM
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Re: Powder Coat vs. Paint

Sir, I sanded, cleaned , and prepared my Chevy rally wheels real nice ... Then I sprayed them wit the stock Argent Silver using lacquer (Uhnnnn) ... They chipped as soon as I snapped on the out trim ring ... I took my Chevy SS wheels to the local Powder coater in Lodi California ... He media blasted them AND powder coated them for $50.00 per wheel ... (Ding) Good idea ... VERY durable and they look EXCELLENT ... BUT, if you do want to do your own wheels, use the epoxy paint as these individuals are suggesting or do not waste your time ...
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