Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

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Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by Dan116i » Wed May 16, 2018 7:31 am

Hi all, just interested on your views... I have a set of 19” 313 wheels to refurb and can’t decide between paint and powder coat. Anyone got experience of both?
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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by marco_polo » Wed May 16, 2018 9:05 am

Paint is usually prettier, powder coat is usually tougher.
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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by GeoffCollins » Wed May 16, 2018 9:23 am

marco_polo wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:05 am
Paint is usually prettier, powder coat is usually tougher.
Are you saying my powdercoated wheels aren't pretty :cry: :cry:
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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by Billy1mate » Wed May 16, 2018 10:53 am

If you opt for powder coating check whether they need a coat of lacquer too.

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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by Barney McGrew » Wed May 16, 2018 11:46 am

Paint is also easier to repair, but more likely to need repair.

If costs we equal (or similar) I'd go powder coat and keep away from kerbs.

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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by robern2 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:52 pm

Powder coating is just as pretty as paint if done well, I’ve had many sets of wheels treated. It’s generally more abrasion resistant and works well if wash regime is irregular, brake pad deposits are heavy etc
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Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by Twenny » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:43 pm

Powder coating for me.

Inspraytion in Medway Dan do a pick up and drop off service and turnaround is 3 days.

Was £65 a corner but has just recently gone up to £75 which puts them in Lepsons territory which isn’t a good idea IMO.

Anyway, they did my 261’s gloss black 4 years ago (£60 a corner back then) and they were perfect.

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Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by Twenny » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:43 pm

Repeat post.
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Re: Wheel Refurb - Painting vs Powdercoat

Post by SimonD » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:54 pm

Mine had been refurbed by Lepsons (powder coat) before I bought it 7 years ago. They still look great today.
I had my wife's F07 wheels done by them 6 months ago and they have already been curbed again. The damage is far worse than you would see on a painted wheel as the coating chips and spreads. It is also next to impossible to touch up effectively. I had to get the worst one redone before we sold the car.
In summary - if you are prone to curbing wheels then paint; if not powder coating is just fine.
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