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Old 11-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Looking for a shop to paint rims

I'm looking to paint my wheels black, don't want to do a DIY project, want a professional finish and hassle free experience. Not interested in powder coating due to safety issues (weakening the structure of the wheels). Also I do not have a spare set of wheels/tires, so I'm looking for a quick turn around. Do my tires need to be removed to get full paint coverage?

Let me know your recommendations. TIA.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:41 PM   #3
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not to hijack but instead of making a new thread wanna ask here...i am wondering a similar question, which shop is the best at powdercoating locally ?
planning on redoing mine once the weather gets nice
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I've had good experiences with Panther Precision Machine.

How are they going to paint your entire rim without removing the tire? Just curious.
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Dave at shinez will do a great job painting/polishing your rims but will sub out any curb damage/bends. Yes, to do the job properly, tires will need to be removed.

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Western wheel craft did a great job on mine.
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Here is a sample of what they did to mine.
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Thanks for all of the feedback, I'm looking to have my stock Rogue wheels painted. Makes no difference to me if the tires have to be removed, just asking so I know if I need to unmount them myself or if the shop will do it. Unfortunately I don't have another set of wheels so faster the better. Also I have read that powder coating will negatively impact the strength of an alloy wheel, @G-spec are you aware of this?
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Here is a sample of what they did to mine.
Looks great! I'm looking to go from oem silver to gloss black.
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They did an awesome job. Drove to where it was convenient for me to pick up the rims. Repaired all the scratches and painted the rims to my preference. I did not have to unmount the rims as well.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:43 PM   #13
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Also I have read that powder coating will negatively impact the strength of an alloy wheel, @G-spec are you aware of this?

Yes it's a known fact powder coating has it's risks, but there are a lot of variants at hand however. Depends on how good the shop when using the oven, it has to be the right temperature, but the main thing is that it depends on if your wheels are cast or forged....
I know for a fact that pc'ing is quite a bit riskier on wheels that aren't forged, but if the shop doesn't know what they're doing all bets are off, I've seen forged alloy OEM wheels snap very badly as well.


my wheels are forged T6 aircraft grade aluminium, metal they make planes with, so I'm not really worried about the strength of the wheel, it's pretty much the best you can get that isn't race spec...
and they were already powder coated directly at the plant they were forged at, just some curb rash thanks to the wifey has me looking to fix the rash and powder coat them again...

my suggestion to you wherever you go, make sure the place knows their prep work, prep work is what determines whether your paint will stick to the metal of the wheel well, or flake right off from minor rock chips... Some of these places will cheap out on the prep work because that's where most of the labor is.....
so just a heads up since i know you want a fast turn around time, a fast turn around time means minimal prep work
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:17 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info G-spec, word taken about scoping out a shops work and making sure they do good prep. Any luck finding any good powder coating shops?
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Here is a sample of what they did to mine.
Was that western wheelcraft? Looks pretty good!
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cost? a shop quoted me $300 to powdercoat four 18" wheels for me.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:53 PM   #17
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That's expensive... I think.
Stage 5 in surrey quoted me $140 for all 4 17s but I had to have them pre sandblasted myself.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:01 PM   #18
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I would steer away from western wheel craft if you have expensive rims. The owner cares more about production speed than anything and their "technicians" took a 1 week prep course. Call them and see for yourself, a bonehead will show up to pick up your rims.
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Funny, the owner of Western Wheelcraft (Mike) came to my house and picked up my rims.. did it with the tires on (deflated them, pushed them back from the bead, masked and painted), and re-inflated them before dropping them off to me.

They do a LOT of dealership work. Especially when the lot punks curb up the brand new wheels, someone has to fix it - and fast.

I would definitely RECOMMEND Mike at Western Wheelcraft. The work was flawless..
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mike is the co owner, theres 2 owners. If you get mike to fix your rims then thats good, obviously since hes the co owner of the company, but I know that 1 of their main techs is an idiot and they had(not sure if hes still working there) this part time guy whos a plumber working on rims too.
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