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I'd like to paint the rims on my '04 650s. If possible I'd like to do this without getting the tires off,as I don't have many tools with me.

Is a good quality spray paint worth it? I was thinking of taping off the junction of the rim-tires, and then trying some paint that won't peel off soon.

Also, if this idea is feesible, is there a good way to get rid of the paint in the event that the rims don't look good? Would regular pain thinner work,without affecting the look of the rims?
 

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Yeah,powdercoating is the best way.I agree. But how expensive can it get? Any one have numbers for Houston/TX in general?
 

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go to your local parts store and buy some engine paint. it will last and has a good shine. if you want a better shine clearcoat them with engine clearcoat. it seems that engine paint will stick to things better then reg paint.
 

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OK... so on this powdercoat business.. make sure you get a test piece BEFORE you do the wheels. Otherwise your rims will end up some ugly shade of red like mine.

Only PC them once. PCing makes the aluminum more brittle and prone to cracking. Certain race tracks do not allow cars with PC'ed rims to race.
 

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OK... so on this powdercoat business.. make sure you get a test piece BEFORE you do the wheels. Otherwise your rims will end up some ugly shade of red like mine.

Only PC them once. PCing makes the aluminum more brittle and prone to cracking. Certain race tracks do not allow cars with PC'ed rims to race.
Good info I was not aware of this.
 

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Yeah,powdercoating is the best way.I agree. But how expensive can it get? Any one have numbers for Houston/TX in general?
If you mean the cost of powder coating a wheel - usually in the $75 ea range, including stripping the wheel and single stage powder. 2-stage powders (i.e. clearcoat) usually adds 50% to the cost.

That's pretty much a regular price for a decent custom job.


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(SNIP) Only PC them once. PCing makes the aluminum more brittle and prone to cracking. Certain race tracks do not allow cars with PC'ed rims to race.
I also posted this in another thread about powder coating rims.


Here's what I found posted on another forum quoted from Alcoa, aluminum mfr:

"Aluminum alloys can be heated to certain temperatures for certain lengths of time without significant loss of strength. 2000, 6000, 7000 series can be raised to 400F for varying lengths of time, none more than 30 minutes, with a loss of strength less than 5% ."

I can't say I've ever even heard of a wheel failing that could be linked to powder coating. Common time at 400 is 10 to 15 min.

EDIT: Here's a quote from this article (http://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00659.pdf), page 3 at the bottom right:

"Clear powders were first used on OEM aluminum wheels during the 1984 model year. Powders were an answer to the wheel manufacturers’ dilemma, but there were other
advantages. The powders reduced rejected wheels because runs and sags were avoided on complex shaped wheels. Also, powders could be easily applied thicker than liquids. This provided much better edge coverage, a major concern in corrosion protection."

More discussion on the subject here: http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=78545&page=36


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How does it go... you can have a quick job, a cheap job, and a good job, but you only get to pick two of those options.
Reliability, Low Cost, and Speed in the car world. Pick two.

If you want car that's fast and reliable, it'll cost tons.
If you want a car that's fast and cheap, it won't be reliable.
 
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