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I'm thinking of getting my LTS wheels changed to black. Does anyone have suggestions for exact color and gloss? Paint or powder coat codes....or suggested wheels to check out. It seems to me that the right gloss is something in the satin vicinity. How about the shade and gloss of black coating the inside of the LTS wheels? Any thoughts? Thanks.
 

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where are you going to have it done? I had spooken to Mark Starr at HRM about having mine done, but haven't made up my mind yet...
 

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Stan,
I'm thinking along the lines as well.

I've been thinking to go with powdercoat black, this gives a satin gloss finish. I just don't think I'd like a higloss wheel.

Anyone here have any positive neg. exp. with powdercoated wheels?

Chris
 

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I enailed Tony SHute to get Lotus opinion on this, it apparently can be problematic in this type of lightweight wheel>
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I had my cat 7 wheels painted, but found them to be so fragile just mounting and dismounting a tire the paint would chip. And these wheels were done by a wheel specialist.
 

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You can have wheels powder coated without hurting the heat treatment of the metal. They just have to use heat lamps instead of the oven. That way the powder hits 400F, but the bulk temp of the wheel stays much lower, and the total time at elevated temperature is much reduced. When you put a chunk of metal in the oven it takes a long time to get up to temp since every bit of it has to be up to temp, then it's held at the temperature the powder needs to melt, and then the whole thing has to slowly cool down.
 
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