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Old 02-27-2019, 05:04 PM
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The local shops that I'd gotten in touch with wouldn't touch my wheels, but that was due to requiring chrome removal.
Washington state has strict environmental restrictions, impacting chrome and paint industries heavily.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Hacker-Pschorr View Post
Since this thread was bumped up...... it's actually not recommended by wheel manufactures to powder-coat wheels:

https://rennlist.com/forums/997-foru...at-wheels.html
If powdercoating wheels, you have to use a low temp powder and a lower temperature curing process. If done that way, it's fine. The wheels I had on my my silver 997 were fully polished then clear powdercoated using the low-temp process and I haven't had any issues with strength or with the finish holding up.

Kevin, these were done by Butler Tire in Marietta (Wayne & Gary), but they send them out to have the work done.


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Old 02-27-2019, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Petza914 View Post
If powdercoating wheels, you have to use a low temp powder and a lower temperature curing process. If done that way, it's fine. The wheels I had on my my silver 997 were fully polished then clear powdercoated using the low-temp process and I haven't had any issues with strength or with the finish holding up.

Kevin, these were done by Butler Tire in Marietta (Wayne & Gary), but they send them out to have the work done.

Likely that's Wheel Wizard's work - just the best in Southeast. IMHO. I tried another wheel repair service and they sucked.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:31 AM
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I media blast a LOT of stuff, done several wheels, wheels that had paint, and, wheels that were powder coated, and, wheels that were chromed. The surface preparation is the key to success be it paint, or powder. Consider asking your powdercoating place if they like doing wheels? Ask if they have to seek additional preparations for powder to adhere to correctly? You may be surprised at their answers! I ask these sorts of questions to my customers who immediately do the next lane work; painters and or powder coaters. I always seek their imput to tailor my process to make their job easier and the end result better for the customer. My local powder guy won't do wheels anymore. Too many issues to negotiate. He will do 'my wheels' that I blasted for me personally but won't do wheels any longer for wheels dropped off or, wheels incorrectly prepared.

Let me tell you of my own wheels I had powder coated; on my trailer. They chipped all too easily and took out a large chunk of powder. Perhaps this is because I blasted them too smooth with not enough 'bite' in the profile, I think this is the case - a case that serves me very well on Aluminum and softer substrates.

Here's my 928 wheels, well, we all know they are 'not' 928 wheels, but, they are from my 928 and they will go back onto my 928. These I blasted, and, a local shop that specializes in German car wheels who buys them and sells them back to German customers. I blast these wheels, they paint them. My 928 wheels he put into his painting cycle several months ago when he was doing some SL wheels for Mercedes. I like the finish, and, it is not as thick as powder.

Also, here's some pics of his wheels he resprayed and decided they don't meet his QC and had me re-do them, notice just how thick the paint is/was!

Bottom line, I lean towards Painting them, and, encourage you to get a proper cleaning before you undertake any new coatings. Cheers!

See the multiple layers of paint?


After media blasting, epoxy primer and 3M Panel Bond to fill in the chips and curb damages. Remember these products can not be present when introducing to the powdercoating process...meaning painting can give the craftsman more leeway in 'fixing' the wheels. Powder is more limiting.

My wheels, all done, ready to be mated with new rubber.

They look pretty good. Paint I feel is the way to go.
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