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11-07-2012 01:18 AM
elsolo Some aluminum wheels are heat treated 6061 forgings, they will undergo "aging" and possibly have embrittlement issues if baked at 400*F for an hour.

Some powdercoatings can be cooked as low as 250*
11-06-2012 10:07 PM
Blue5ive What Geezer said. So the guy at that shop obviously doesn't know anything about aluminum wheels.
11-06-2012 11:22 AM
Geezer Probably 99% of the wheels that are powder coated are aluminum alloys.
11-01-2012 02:23 PM
zinczx3 In response to matmatician, with the rough estimate of $200 to get these wheels powder coated I will still have come out cheaper than buying them new and the fact that they are the color I want, So I consider that a win win. With my dad and I owning a restoration shop it would be nothing to put in a little prep time and paint them but with the feedback I think Im leaning towards powdercaoting. Thanks everyone. As for whether or not they will fracture, then I would also take in the variable of what kind of use you plan to use the wheels for. With the temperature normally around 400 degrees F when curing and the melting point of aluminum at 1220 degrees F then the curing process will change the molcule structure of the wheels. Now for me my car is just a daily driver and i have no plans of using it for auto cross or anything of the such so im not to worried about it.
10-31-2012 03:32 PM
Kevastator Not to take over the thread, but I have a question that pertains to the subject.

A little while back I went to have my aluminum wheels powdercoated, and the guy at the local place advised me not to since they were aluminum. He said that the heat from the oven could make them fracture under pressure

Anyone know if this is true?

If it's not true, than powdercoating would definitely worth it. But if it puts the wheels at risk, then idk
10-30-2012 10:32 PM
Geezer Powder coating is more durable if the correct powder is used. You want to make sure an acrylic based powder is used. As an example, I know a shop (not anywhere near you) that does it for $45.00 for 15" wheel, 50.00 for a 16" and 55.00 for 17", etc (in stock colors). It's not cheap but the the results are usually worth it.
10-30-2012 05:30 PM
focusmaniaczx3 im thinking about making my own powder coater out of an old oven lol
10-30-2012 03:39 PM
Mr.Bergner You'll also need to have them media blasted first so the powder can adhere to bare metal, if you want it done properly that is. And that might double the price.
10-30-2012 12:22 PM
md11mx Powder coat is more durable.
10-30-2012 11:40 AM
matmatician I think the average going rate for powder coating is around $50/wheel. You may be able to find it higher or lower, but that's just what I always anticipate paying. So keep that in mind when you're buying wheels. It may make more sense to get wheels you like the color of to begin with!
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