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Is it possible to recolor wheels?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by NewCow, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. NewCow

    NewCow Member

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    I'm new to aftermarket wheels and stuff, but is it possible to change the color of wheels? I personally like the base 19" wheels but would like them in a darker grey/black, but don't know if that's even possible.
     
  2. CLLACAB

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    If you go to YouTube and do a search on wheel refinishing, you will find some great videos - if you are handy. If not, any wheel refinishing shop can paint or powder coat them.
     
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  4. NewCow

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    That looks awesome! That's exactly what I'm looking for. Now I know what to search for. Thanks!
     
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    This is great. What did that set you back and how long did it take them? I am assuming they take off the wheels and keep the car lifted through the process?
     
  6. ddimit

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    They had the car for about a day and a half. Yes they lift it and use jack stands. I had quite a conversation with the shop owner to verify they knew what they were doing. I have been very happy with the results. It ran around 150.00 a wheel.

    The Red T Sticker and Brake Calipers I did myself.

    I was looking at the Telsa wheels when ordering and really had a hard time justifying the cost for the result. Way more happy with this outcome, even when they are dirty the look good!
     
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    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

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    Plasti dip. $6/wheel. and you can pull it off at trade in, and it protects the wheel under it.

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    I've gotten pretty good at it now. I might do my other car some funky color just for fun this summer.
     
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  9. Jool

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    Plastidip works great, as other people here have mentioned!

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  10. FlatSix911

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    Here is another color option with the OEM 19" wheel ... mask of the spokes and rim. :cool:

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    I did my wheels in Graphite Pearl ... Forged BMW M6 wheels at less than 25 lbs. per corner.

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  13. Stiff1

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    I ended up powder coating my winter wheels bronze. With powder you can pick just about any color you like and keep your car unique.
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  14. TaoJones

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    Had mine powdercoated to match the steel grey paint - I didn't want to have to deal with light-colored rims, and there's enough silver-colored plastic trim on the car already.

    Verne's Chrome Plating in Gardena (Los Angeles area - ask for Bob Barnes) did a fantastic job, as did the Torrance SvC in loaning me a set of wheels that they just happened to have handy. They charged $125 to remount, balance, and deal with the TPMS parts and pieces. No complaints.

    Verne's also found a wayward chunk of metal that had been embedded in one of my rims during the manufacturing process. That was a little troubling. They also determined that the stock rims have already been coated three times - primer, that silver color, and clear.
     
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    For a permanent, high-quality re-finish, powder coating is certainly the way to go. But you can't go back or "change your mind"! I used Plasti-Dip on my 911S wheels for protection but really liked the slight color change (OEM silver to Aluminum + Metallizer + Dip Coat). The biggest issue for me was cleaning off the brake dust since the finish does not lend itself to aggressive rubbing or scrubbing. BDP Wheel Cleaner is a big help but power washing took care of most of the cleaning. Any dings or scrapes can be fixed using the Plasti-Dip repair kit (special type of solvent). From 5 feet away they look great--you stick your nose into it & you can see some small imperfections but it was DIY!

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    Hi Jool

    Is that your MS? What plasti dip color did you use here? They look awesome! I want mine exactly the same way! Luv them!
     
  18. anxman

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    Had my wheels powder coated. Also been pretty happy with it. I would recommend going matte black (versus gloss black). When you inevitably end up with some wheel rash, just take a black sharpie marker and color it in. It's a cheap and effective solution.
     
  19. shokunin

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    Those with Plastidip, do you have to redo the dip when you get new tires or balancing? I know those tire machines can be brutal and can scratch even the paint/clear coat on the rims. Do they rip with you install the lug nuts on them?
     
  20. ssq

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    Beautiful! Did you plastidip them yourself? Also, where did you buy the plastidip from?
    Care to share some more pictures?
     

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