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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by will217, Aug 6, 2010.

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    Has anyone had there standard wheels painted or powder coated?(I want to change my s3 wheels to a black satin)Which is the best method?
    Thanks.
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    Got these done on Monday mate.

    I got them refurbed then sprayed in matt black.....

    Pic's will go up on the weekend after a good old spit and polish :)
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    I recently had mine refurbed, then spray painted by a local bodyshop and I was delighted with the results. They were in a really bad state and apparently had been refurbed at least twice before... very badly!!!

    [​IMG]

    I know the colour looks a bit different in the pictures but it's just the White Balance that gives that impression. I've previously had wheels powder coated and comparing both I would say that painting gives a much better finish.
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    Thanks for the replies.I've just had different reports on both methods.I think I am leaning towards painting.
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    i cant say painting is the better way mate i do it my self and every one likes it more
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    Its your own choice really, I went for powder coating as there was a deal going on at a local powdercoater's, The arguement could go on forever of which 2 methods are better.Powder coating doe's not damage your wheels as some folk may think,the only benefit I can think of by painting is extra coats of lacquer to help against protection.

    Here's how mine turned out powdercoated:

    [​IMG]
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    I powder coated mine.

    The paint is tougher, but a kerb will still win.
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    Does powder coat always leave that glossy look?

    Mick I like your wheels :wub:
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    I had mine done matt black, but I would say it is closer to satin rather than matt.

    I dont think it is possible to get a proper matt finish with powder coat.
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    haha so true mate , i painted mine in work myself not bad job but not as good as a paint shop [​IMG]
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    Thanks for the info scottie.

    fnmrest i do like your DIY job!! Makes me think that even I can give it a bash but in reality I know thats a bad idea!
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    its always worth a try aint it haha
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    Lol I'm not sure it is if you can't undo damage done.

    Things are never that smooth for me in life! I'd probably end up spraying my eyes or something.
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    cant be that bad can you hahaha
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    Just depends on what finish you want mate, i went for gloss black. They look nasty when dirty but a good coating of wax sorts that out.
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    My attempts at sorting things are almost one comical event after another.

    I could explain my 3 hour ordeal at trying to take some passport sized photos last week!! Yes you read right - 3 hours!!
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    Thanks for the info Mick. Might be looking into referbs later on in the year finance permitting so currently data gathering. Do like your wheels though!
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    hahahaha legend
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    Thread revival!

    I want to refurb my BBS wheels. Should I spray paint them or powdercoat?
    Does powdercoating affects the rims somehow?
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    My understanding is that painting gives you more options on finishes and can give a much nicer finish when first done. Powder coasting is supposed to be a more permanent finish which wont succumb to general wear and tear so easy as painted finishes. In the end it's all down to how well you look after them and whether they get curbed or not.

    Either way, ideal starting point would be to dip them to strip off original finish, so any remedial work if required to the rims, then paint or powder coat as required. It's a bit like asking do you put milk in a cup of tea before the water or after; either way you still have a cup of tea at the end of it, just down to personal preference :)
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    if you rearrange REFURBED WHEELS it is spelled KOWALSKI DETAILS:arco:
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    It is a bit far from me. Shipping would cost me more than the wheels themselfs :)
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    Not to hijack the thread but has any1 got any pics of the a3 s line chunky 5 spoke alloys done in white ? As im considering powdercoating them white i think would look good on my black a3 , cant find no pics on the net though
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    My concern regardin powdercoating is that I understand that the wheels will be baked for a few minutes at ~200 degrees celsius and this may affect their shape. Also After the tyre is refit, when balanced, they will need more weight than before.
    If now I only have 10-15 grams, after that they'll need like 80-90 grams. Which is huge I think.
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    just had mine done, by chris at north yorkshire customs, first class job.
    they were completely stripped and blasted, then primer and paint, he even fitted and balanced the new tyres. :salute:
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