Originally Posted by bjf
What process did you go through to paint the wheels? Eventually I am going to either powdercoat or paint mine. New they came flat black (primer). I think I want to paint this set. I powdercoated the ones on the 110 but I think paint might look better
I went the powder coating route, thinking it might be a bit tougher. Now that I've seen what the rocks on the trail can do- and talked with some local folks who wheel their rovers here in the rocks of Colorado, I'm kind of wishing I'd painted them. Basically nothing can stand up to direct contact with big rocks. Had I chosen paint I would be at least be able to touch them up. The other thing I didn't realize about powder coating is that when it does get nicked, water can seep under the coating and it tends to bubble as the rust spreads. If you're not planning on wheeling your rig- and the only things the wheels might encounter are tire installers and errant road gravel, etc I'd consider powder coating..but if they are going to be exposed to more abuse than that, painting is a good way to go imo. As far as appearance goes I honestly can't tell the difference between my Series II's wheels- which are painted Limestone and my D90's wheels which were powder coated a very close match. I would think you could do more with clear coats, etc to give the wheels' appearance more depth, etc but that would factor into the cost and wouldn't appear as "stock" looking. For reference I think coating my wheels cost about $400- that covered the sand blasting of the primer, one coating of off-white powder coat and an additional coat of clear. The powder coater I used recommended a finish coat of clear to increase durability. Maybe Goose can chime in with his words of wisdom on painting wheels- if my memory serves me I think he had his wheels painted with something like 87 coats of clear. I think he was trying to gain some offset without using spacers. In all seriousness, I wish I could see his wheels in person- bet they look pretty nice.