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Old February 17th, 2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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Alright, well I finally got some new rims coming in and I was thinking about powdercoating them. I'm in Nor Cal and I found these places.

All Bay Powder Coatings
44711-F S. Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 668-1186

Jamm Industrial
4396 Enterprise Pl.
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 226-6380

Corad
25181 Huntwood Avenue
Hayward CA 94544-2210
Phone: (510) 783-3800

Are any of the places known for good work? I want powder coating and I heard its more durable than OEM paint. But I just hope it wont weaken my rims. I'm a college student and only use my car for daiuy driving. I dont abuse it to go anywhere on places like the backroads. So am i suited for powdercoating or am i better off just using the rims with its original paint?

Also what should I be looking and asking for when I go there? I dont want just a half ass job done. I really want quality work that can last me for awhile at least 1-2 years.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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Powdercoating wont affect the structural integrity of your rims. It's an electrically static charged powder that's melted onto the surface at only 400 degrees. Of course it's stronger than paint. It'll last a lifetime of use. It looks much better too. But it wont hurt anything at all.

The rims you probly saw on another thread here were broken were simply becuase they were abused and on a (likely) high-powered 'Vette. Your car/rims will be just fine.

I dont know of any of the shops you listed for quality work, but I do know that here in 'Vegas the average cost was $220 for a set of four rims. The lowest was $160, the highest was $380. Dont get ripped off.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #3
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what kind of equipment should i be asking them about? any specific details i should be looking for?
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Old February 17th, 2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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Powdercoating is not a new thing - but most shops out there are relatively new to doing it. They will likely have the most 'modern' tools. It's really nothing at all actually.

They will use a bead blasting (plastic or glass - NO SAND!) to remove any clearcoat or paint you already have, then a gravity fed spray gun to shoot the wheels with the static charged powder, and finally 'cook' them at 400 degrees to melt it onto the wheels surface. No major brain surgery there. GL with your project, be sure to post some pics man.
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do they clear coat it afterwards? or it a dull finish?
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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #6
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It's a lustery finish without clear, but on request they will do that as well. It adds to it a little bit.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #7
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Well I can't wait to see what color you're going to powdercoat the rims. I really want to see some pictures of the final product. I will sure miss these rims.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 01:03 PM   #8
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powdercoat chips, paint scratches... just remember that

powdercoating does look better... and if you dont curb your rims you'll be set
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Old February 18th, 2006, 01:32 PM   #9
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powdercoat chips, paint scratches... just remember that

powdercoating does look better... and if you dont curb your rims you'll be set
Yeah, but it'll take alot for the powdercoating to chip. Paint scratches really easily.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 04:23 AM   #10
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hey i'm in the same boat as you are, and i'm in hayward. so whatever shop you end up going to, it would be great to hear some feed back, so i can take my rims there too.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 07:03 AM   #11
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And on a sidenote, PC comes in different sheens. You can get practially any color of PC in almost any sheen percentage.

I like to polish my suspension components on my cars. Then PC them in 95% sheen clear PC. Then they stay polished forever, and you can use cleaning solvents w/o worries. Brake fluid also doesn't have any affect on PC.

I believe 95% is the highest sheen rate tho.

Hope this helps. If you want more general info got to Eastwoodtools.com and look up their PC section.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 06:17 PM   #12
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well I just got the rims and i went to the powdercoating place in Hayward. One of the customers were complaining that his PC faded within a few months...so screw that place. If the other 2 places dont have solid proof of their work, i might as well just keep my rims as it is.
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