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Powder Coating Wheels

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I just purchased a 2008 Elise which i believe has the "non sport" wheels. I'm not entirely sure what the wheels are referred to as? They're the eight spoke wheels without any slots. Anyways, I'm looking into getting them powder coated satin black. The shop that I was referred to said that if the wheels are factory powder coated it would cost me almost double to chemically strip the wheels before sand blasting and powder coating. Do you know if these wheels are indeed powder coated? Thanks for any help you can give.
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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong... But I don't think the base wheels are powder coated. At least both sets I have weren't. I sanded one set down and repainted them.

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Thanks, I hope you're right. It will certainly save me some money.
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I've never seen a late model aluminum wheel that wasn't factory powdercoated. I have had powdercoated wheels sandblasted and re powdercoated. Costs about $180 total no biggie.
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Yeah, the place that I was referred to was highly recommended. But I think they do an extra step of doing a chemical strip of the existing powder coat and then the sandblast. So it was going to add an extra $75 per wheel for the stripping alone.
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our base wheels are not only NOT powder coated, they shed their factory paint rather easily. My wheel paint started to come off when i washed the car.....

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I've had plenty of stuff powder coated over the years. Usually a blast and coat is sufficient.

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They did mine without any extra stripping needed.
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Ours were stripped - he just didn't charge much for it.
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yeah, he said they were acid stripped or something, but that's normal for all the wheels he does.
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I agree with swinglo.....being a co-owner/investor of a PC business it's standard procedure for just blasting then coating. There is no reason for a chemical dip if the proper blasting media is used. There are several choices of blasting media. It all depends on the metal underneath. For your wheels I would suggest using nut shells........ It sounds like a business creating more profit for themselves by taking advantage of a under-informed customer? I suggest shopping around.

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Blurry but awesome!

Black wheels - new black and silver center caps. Looks great!

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