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Has anyone painted their 18" rims?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by cab, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. cab

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    Hello All,

    I'm not a fan of the hubcap on the 18" rims and while the rim underneath is much better, I'm still not that enamored with it. Part of that is the gray color of that rim. Have any of you had the 18" rim (not the wheel cover) painted/powder coated (or perhaps painted them yourself) a different color?

    I'm thinking I might prefer them in a lighter silver (more like the stock 19" rims or silver turbines on the Model S).

    Any pics would be appreciated!
     
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    Ooooh that I like! I was thinking about plasti-dip or powder-coating the 18" wheels to be silverish/whiteish. Given how well the 19" wheels pop against the red car color, I thought it could look good. That does look good!
     
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    #5 RyanT, Sep 6, 2018
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    Do you know if that's painted or powder-coated? I was thinking about taking my car to Les Schwab to get the 18's changed to silver on a MSM P3D-. Maybe powder coating them along with red brake calipers.
     
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    yeah, that looks slick. I have been thinking about doing something very similar to that. I think it pops.
     
  7. Point 3

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    I believe some of the prototypes had them in silver originally

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    I ordered my car with 19" sport wheels, with delivery being scheduled in 2 weeks. Apparently my car shipped with 18" wheels. I do not like the aero covers, so depending on what happens, I'll paint or plasti-dip them silver. I was told in order to get 19" wheels I'll have to wait for a new car to be built for me. So at this point I'll just remove the aero covers and paint the 18" wheels silver/or plasti dip them. I'll post photos if I go this route.
     
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    Wow they screwed up on your 19" wheels...bummer.
    I like the 19" Sport wheel, but went with the aeros to be used for my winter wheels. I want the aeros silver, but don't think plastidip will hold up if I put the aero covers on and off for road trips.
    So I'll probably paint the rims, but plastidip the covers.
    Going to get a set of 19" hyper silver VMR 801s for my summer wheels.
     
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    I agree that the 18s would look better in silver or white, but it kind of depends on the car color. I'm getting a red car, and the dark rims on it look meh, imo. What I'm going to start with is plasti-dipping the aero covers white to see how that goes. If I feel like allowing the car to be undriveable for a little while, I'll get the wheels themselves powder coated either silver or white
     

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