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Going from silver to dark grey/black wheels. Powder coat vs plastidip??

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by BGDDYKWL, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. BGDDYKWL

    BGDDYKWL Member

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    I just purchased a '19 P3D in white. It has the silver wheels but I'd prefer dark grey or black.

    What's my best bet in terms of powder coat, plastidip, or just buying a new set and selling these? Thanks.
     
  2. Hblick48

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    Plastisip is temporary, and will peel off. Powder coat is permanent.

    Just had my black on black MS wheels powder coated gloss black. Looks great!
     
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    Nice. That was the other thing, I wanted to make sure they could get the powder coat glossy.

    What (roughly) should I expect to pay for this?
     
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    About $450 for all 4 wheels to have them dismount, power coat, and mount/balance is the going rate in Socal.
     
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    That's a great price. Here in NorCal you're looking at $550 for four including all services.
     
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    Don’t do dip. Had it on both my 3s wheels. Regretted it.
     
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    Plastic dip can normally be removed with a pressure washer, otherwise, it is a PITA to remove.

    Powder coating is spraying a stripped wheel with powder that adheres via an electrostatic charge, and then baked at a specific temperature and time to melt the powder onto the wheel.
     
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    I also started out with the 19" Sport Wheels in silver with my Pearl White M3 and decided to go the route to powder coat them to Satin Grey (Before the grey performance wheels were released)

    As others mentioned before:
    • Plastisdip: Cheap alternative. Good to test wheel colors without the commitment. Easy to peel off but also easy to damage with peeling and chips from rock or road debris. Setup might be difficult depending on experience with using plastisdip and preparation of cleaning wheels
    • Powder Coat: Best quality, permanent and looks OEM

    I've attached a few photos of my Powder coating of my 19" wheels and before and after of my wheels. Enjoy!

    IMG_7363.jpg IMG_7365.jpg IMG_0119.jpg Sept_8.jpg 4.jpg
     
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  10. BGDDYKWL

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    Love it. Those wheels look SO much better on the white than the silver IMO.
     
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    I'm sold on the powder coat. I have the silver OEM 19 inch wheels looking to go to gunmetal or gray shade. I am in Delray Beach FL. Any shop suggestions nearby? Many thanks.
     
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    I have a great shop next door to me at my business but don't think you want to drive 2.5 hours from Delray. Quick Google search shows some coaters in Miami-Dade area.
     
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    Hi - I think I'm only about 1hr and small change away. I'd love the info if you're pleased with your guy. Much obliged.
     
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    PM incoming.
     
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    Based on HelloJohnny’s photos, his car looks terrific. Wheels are not too dark. They show the right amount of contrast. I will powder coat my Oem 19 inch silver wheels to satin gray. My M3 is white on white. I collect the car July 27. I’m in south Florida. Thanks for the idea, Johnny.
     
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  16. Yoliber

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    I've plastidip 3 of my previous cars. It's pretty easy to peel if you spray it on properly. My first time doing it it was a paint to peel because I didn't put enough coats on. 2nd and 3rd time it was very easy and quick to peel. You just have to make sure you have enough coverage in all angles. At least 1 can per wheel. I plan on dipping the model 3 as well.
     
  17. qingshan

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    Temporary can be an advantage. Granted, I come from the modding world starting with a 55 Chevy but mostly a 70 BMW. Plastidip lets you change your mind. The car shown to the left had red wheels in front and blue in back for the fourth of July a few years back.
    But, that said, powder coating is the way to go if you know what you like and don't have brain like mine where people are regularly saying " that was random"
     
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    I paid $800 for mine!
     
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    qingshan 18 lr rwd fsd

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    So there's one reason to at least visit us here in the South
     
  20. Delray

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    I just thought about a trade-in for example, 4-5 years from now. Tesla would reduce the value of the car since it could want the original silver wheels back, is that right?
     

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