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post May 24, 2018 - 1:05 PM
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QUOTE (narly_charley @ May 21, 2018 - 8:17 AM) *
QUOTE (ds8 @ May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM) *
I would like to hear your opinions on refinishing this set of factory alloys. I got them stripped and ready for paint. My question is do I powder coat or do regular automotive paint + clearcoat or engine enamel? I wanna do this set in bright white. I'm talking rally white. Once they are done I'll swap them out and redo the set currently on the car in silver.

Powder Coat all day. I had a set of TRD 18" wheels for my 7th gen that I sent to Wheels America (their Chicago branch before they closed it down). They were bent to hell and back and had DEEP curb rash. They sent them back and they looked better than new, I could not have been happier. If you plan on racing/tracking it with the wheels, I wouldn't recommend refinishing like that because they heat them up pretty hot and CAN make them more brittle. Mine was just driven on the road, so I didn't have any issues.


I have read about the possible danger of powder coating. I also don't know how they would deal with the plastic center caps. I would want the wheel and center cap to match obviously.

QUOTE (danthrift71 @ May 21, 2018 - 11:36 PM) *
Just read whole thread up 'til now. Powder coat ovens usually don't go much over about 350 degrees F. I have several customers that powder coat automobile wheels and all
kinds of aluminum like high end bicycle frames (thin wall tubing. much more heat saturation). I haven't heard of any failures as a result of heat from PC ovens. Go for it.
That being said, have you considered a polished or wire brushed finish? Also really like the LED lights. I live way out in the country and my stock lights don't do much for seeing
deer and other animals. May I ask what kind of LEDs you got for headlights and high beams and how do you like them now that you've had them a while? Thanks.

I am not interested in polished or brushed finish, I want one set of wheels in the original silver, and the other set rally white. Here are links to the LED bulbs I bought. They have been fantastic and I would buy them again. I really like that they are instant on. You can basically strobe your high beams at people instead of flashing them to get their attention.


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Thanks. I'll check 'em out.

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