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  • Which is better? powdercoat or paint?

    I want to get my wheels sprayed black but am unsure which process to go for.

    I have researched the good and bad for both but still can't decide, so in your opinions, which is best?

    Powdercoat for me is good because it's durable and less likely to peel.
    Bad because I can't get the center caps done black and also told it may weaken the wheel if not baked correctly.

    Wet paint is good because it won't weaken the alloy, has a nice fiinish but is probably less durable.

  • #2
    powdercoat. just had mine done in black with glitter finish

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    • #3
      I personally would paint them! Only reason is to get th centre caps done and matched properly! And I think they are easier to repair if u curb one! I might be wrong on that but if u repair them then u would just paint the area again after the repair but with powder coating I guess u would have to have the whole wheel baked again!
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      • #4
        powdercoating is best mate.

        Rabbid Tuned - WG Motorworks
        www.wgmotorworks.co.uk

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        • #5
          powerdercoating dont chip as much as when there painted
          my alloys are powerdcoated

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          • #6
            If you want them to last longer I would powder coat.. I had a few previous sets of wheels for different cars done and I was happy with them. But as said with the standard wheels its going to be a bit of a pain having non matching centre caps. Also a lot more durable during the gritting season which is coming up

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            • #7
              Well, I called at my local wheel refurbish place the other day for a chat about this very thing. It seems that after stripping the wheels back to bare metal, they are ALL POWDERCOATED first, then depending on choice of finish, either given a topcoat of powder, or then sprayed and lacquered.

              I was fancying gloss black powder, but having viewed some examples of available finishes, I'm gonna go for a dark shadow chrome finish, looked awesome on a black xk8 he had in , with very similar wheels to the Astras 19".

              Felt that £70 per wheel was a bit steep mind, but at least you get loan wheels while they do the job.

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              • #8
                You have to be careful with mixing the thinners with different paints but an expert will do this fine, painting with statdard cellulose paints and then a 2pack laquer on top, this will be hard as nails, and some painters can even get specialised laquers, these are much tougher than powder coat as they are slightly more giving

                also I prefer paint as it looks better imo more customisable too

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                • #9
                  i got mine for £35 a wheel (mates dad)...they look mint. he showed me the difference between painting and powdercoating and yer powdercoating is much more resiliant.

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                  • #10
                    As long as the powder coat is done properly yea its much harder, but ive seen and tried many shortcuts which make the powder less effective, if you go to someone reputable then no probs, only problem is powder can only be applied to metals, so any plastic bits are hard to colour match

                    i'm not a fan of the finish of powder coat compared to paint, however if polished can look the b******* too

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                    • #11
                      always found powdercoating best myself had loads sets done paint always seem to wear away when cleaning etc

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AnaVXR View Post
                        powdercoat. just had mine done in black with glitter finish
                        Have you any pics of the wheels done?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MisterBlue View Post
                          Well, I called at my local wheel refurbish place the other day for a chat about this very thing. It seems that after stripping the wheels back to bare metal, they are ALL POWDERCOATED first, then depending on choice of finish, either given a topcoat of powder, or then sprayed and lacquered.

                          I was fancying gloss black powder, but having viewed some examples of available finishes, I'm gonna go for a dark shadow chrome finish, looked awesome on a black xk8 he had in , with very similar wheels to the Astras 19".

                          Felt that £70 per wheel was a bit steep mind, but at least you get loan wheels while they do the job.
                          where you getting yours done?

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                          • #14
                            I'm thinking of getting mine done at Lepsons as after a bit of googling they seem to have a fair bit of recommendations.

                            Anyone been or heard of them? But reading the bit about their "process" it seems they only paint wheels.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by vxroom View Post
                              where you getting yours done?

                              "The Blast Shop", Thursby, Nr. Carlisle, Cumbria

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