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    Default I'll probably be made fun of this but - wheel powder coating?

    My new wheels just showed up. (see my new blog post if you care)

    But I'm considering powder coating them. I've always wanted blue wheels. not sure why, I just have. I've heard lots of different opinions including that the sand blasting or powder coating can overheat the wheels and compromise them on track. Anyone with real experience with this?

    If I truely didn't care about looks, then I would leave them black...but I guess I care...

    I found a place here in OC that will do them for $60/corner, and had a couple sets of enkei's in process when I was there.

    Thoughts? Or make fun of me for it on my blog. :P
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    See if you can find low temp cured PC. Standard PC cure temps bring T4 and T6 heat treated A356.0 casting alloy too close to anneal temp for too long. Weakens the wheel a little. In some cases, it weakens the wheel a lot.

    FWIW, PC voids the warranty on our wheels as well as those of some other wheel manufacturers. It's also heavy.
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    didn't realize it adds significant weight. thanks for the data, Emilio.
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    Ghey . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Andrews View Post
    My new wheels just showed up. (see my new blog post if you care)

    But I'm considering powder coating them. I've always wanted blue wheels. not sure why, I just have. I've heard lots of different opinions including that the sand blasting or powder coating can overheat the wheels and compromise them on track. Anyone with real experience with this?

    If I truely didn't care about looks, then I would leave them black...but I guess I care...

    I found a place here in OC that will do them for $60/corner, and had a couple sets of enkei's in process when I was there.

    Thoughts? Or make fun of me for it on my blog. :P
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    is that the best you got Richard? I expected more out of you. Your response is one that Nils would give. :P
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    You should be able to go to your local body shop supply house, tell them what you want to do and they can find a paint that's tough enough to withstand the heating and cooling that wheels undergo.

    I have painted a couple of sets of wheels with a rattle can of black engine enamel. There are a number of blue engine enamels (Ford blue, GM blue, Chrysler blue), so you might find a shade you like among them. The gloss is higher than you might think.

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    ^ Might not stand up too well to dust from race pads

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    Disappointing Matt, I never would have taken you for one that cares about color, or style, or anything other then the pure performance or function of any aftermarket part. I think I'll have to re-evaluated my interest in your blog now. I was looking for some real constructive advise on building up this car as I'm contemplating getting one myself. If I wanted to read about color codes and get asked "what color do I like best" I'd go to some Supra forum and read about who gots the biggest wing thread. It's to bad I really thought you where going to be serious about all this.
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    I'm just F'en with ya.....Who cares, if you like big blue ass wheels, get your self the bluest wheels you can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pucsicsal View Post
    ^ Might not stand up too well to dust from race pads
    Maybe. The cars I used it on before were street cars without race pads, but engine enamel is pretty durable stuff.

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    Ha, Gaaaaaaaaay


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    I have contemplated clear-coating over a layer of brake dust as the ultimate "track wheel" finish. I hate hate hate cleaning wheels.
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    look out Richard! Chris may take your place as the crotchety nay sayer.

    The price I found is $60/corner. considering they are just $250/corner wheels, this is pretty expensive. Maybe I should look for rattle can finishes? Everyone keeps telling me this isn't a $1500 miata. You can't have plywood splitters and rattle can paint jobs. What fun is a car if you can't accessorize at home depot?

    or just leave well enough alone and just go drive...
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    You can do a really nice, durable finish DIY. It might even make a cool blog entry. Go to an online custom rattle can store like Automotivetouchup.com Touch Up Paint, Aerosol Spray Paint and Touchup Paint Accessories | AutomotiveTouchup | 888-710-5192 or a
    store that suppleis auto paint & body businesses in your area. Near our shop we go to this place The Paint Store
    You can get pretty much any color you like. To make it tough, get a rattle can of two part epoxy clearcoat. That's how we do any street wheels we want custom color.

    For our track wheels, it's a can of no name satin (brake dust) black paint from Home Depot Motorsports.
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    I looked into PC quite a lot a while back because there were lots of guys with wheel failures after PC. I was curious as to why.

    I talked to wheel manufacturers and PC places. Bottom line is do not do it if it is not a forged wheel.

    It will weaken the wheel significantly. If any part of the wheel is other than forged its a bad idea. If it's forged it's not optimal.

    As Emilio said, it will void any wheel warranty.

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    Plastidip them
    Less powah is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savington View Post
    I hate hate hate cleaning wheels.
    I love it, since I discovered Purple Power pp.jpg - they come so clean it makes me giggle.

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    Plastidip them
    Photoshop them!

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    Matt, I'll back you up on this, blue wheels with the white or off-white car would look pretty damn nice.

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    If you are worried about annealing them or something, why not just use normal paint from your local body shop, order extra so you have a bottle of touch up in the end as well.
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    Sat in an FR-S today. Surprised at a) how small it is, and b) how low it is. Dealer tried to sell me an automatic for $7k over sticker

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