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Old 12-17-2005, 06:35 PM   #1
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Powder coating centers on a one-piece rim

I just picked up some Axis Pentas (they look awesome) and I went to the powder coater to black out the centers. The guy is legit and told me it's almost impossible to mask off the lip and just powder coat the centers. Apparently powder coat doesn't mask off that well and is too hard to control. He said the powder coat would build up around the masking tape and create a thick ridge when the tape comes off.

He said painting the rim would work but then said I might not like the results.

We're looking into powder coating the entire wheel and then sanding the powder coat off the lip and polishing it. Anyone know if this will work?

One company I found that can powder coat the centers charges $250 per wheel! (http://www.powdercoater.com/autoprices.htm)

Anyone been able to powder coat the centers on a single piece wheel of a decent price?
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Old 12-17-2005, 07:32 PM   #2
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I have seen many wheels painted, and they look great. (your penta's are painted from the factory IIRC) A good body shop should be able to mask and respray for about $200-$300.
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:17 PM   #3
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hmm...your wheels look pretty clean You're from S.Bay southern cali right?

If you know any good body shops in Torrance or near LAX, I could really use a referral.

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Old 12-17-2005, 09:53 PM   #4
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Not my car, not my rims. This was on a 2003 20th anniversary GTI built by ESE tuning on the east coast. They had the rims painted and the lips polished to give a better shine then the factory clearcoat.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:57 AM   #5
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wait, so on a one piece wheel can you like paint the center once color and chrome the lip?
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