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Powder Coating Wheels

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Todd Burch, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    I'm now thinking of getting either the black or gray with 19" wheels...but I really like the look of the dark wheels.

    Has anyone given a thought to having your 19s powder coated? I think it only costs a few hundred dollars....much cheaper than upgrading to performance :).

    Any comments? Has anyone powder coated their wheels before, and were you happy with it?
     
  2. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Have a friend who did this to his Acura.

    It could be the dealer, but the coat was uneven or the wheels aligned improperly. Could be his experience alone.

    I would hesitate to do it on such a novel car.
     
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    I had the same thought. Even if I go with the Performance S, I still would prefer the 19" wheels for a number of reasons. But I too like the dark wheels. Would be great if Tesla offered the 19" wheels in the dark finish.
     
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  4. teslasguy

    teslasguy MSP P#1117

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    I'm planning on ordering the Performance version with carbon gray wheels. However, this is just not a viable option for those of us in snow country winters, so I plan to buy an extra set of 19" wheels/tires for winter driving. Has anyone asked Tesla yet what it would cost to order an extra set of 19" wheels/tires? Anyone on this board interested in selling their standard 19" wheels/tires?
     
  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Tesla arranged powder coated white wheels on a Roadster for one of our local club members. I'm traveling and can't do links right now but if you search for "white wheels roadster" in the forum I know there is a pic available.
     
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    Powder coating is extremely sturdy and very good for wheels. I have modified cars for my whole life, so I am no stranger to powder coating wheels. It should run you $50 to $150 per wheel depending upon where you live.
     
  7. MikeK

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    I had exactly this thought after seeing the Dolphin Grey with the Carbon Grey wheels at the Fremont event. WOW. What a knockout. But, I don't want to do the 21" rims. So, I made a quick and dirty Photoshop mockup based on one of the thumbnails in the design studio, to see how the 19" might look with a powder coat. I think it's a nice look, and if you could get a good approximation of the Carbon Grey in a powder coat finish, I'd sure be tempted.

    Grey regular painted sim2.png
     
  8. Todd Burch

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    Here are my mockups.

    Right now I'm trying to decide between:
    BlackBlack.jpg
    Black, black wheels.

    blackGray.jpg
    Black, gray wheels.

    dolphinBlack.jpg
    Gray, black wheels.

    dolphinGray.jpg
    Gray, gray wheels.
     
  9. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Thumbs up for Gray, Gray!
     
  10. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    #1 Gray,Black
    #2 Gray, Gray
    #3 Black, Gray

    Man those 19's look great with that color!!!
     
  11. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Gray, Gray gets my vote.

    If you go for a black car, I think Black looks awesome with the silver wheels (and so, apparently does Elon). It needs that "pop".
     
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    There's a local shop that charges $100 per wheel and all the wheels Ive seen them do look really nice. I'm having them do 2 of my Roadster wheels after a tire shop scratched them. The tire shop is paying for it.
     
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    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Not bad at all. Is it an autobody shop, an industrial powdercoat/paint shop, or...? Just wondering what to look for!
     
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    Wow!

    The grey-grey is really making me reconsider my blue car option.
     
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    The painted 19 inch wheels look pretty cool and would add a nice custom touch.
     
  16. gg_got_a_tesla

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    Does powder coating offer any protection by any chance from alloy wheel pitting owing to brake dust? Does the Model S have a brake dust problem to begin with?!
     
  17. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    To answer an earlier question: I asked this week about pricing for an extra set of 19" wheels yet - TM has not set pricing yet, or that's what they tell me.
     
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    It's a machine shop. If I remember the process as they described it, they first soak it in a solution that removes any existing finish and impurities. Then apply a primer chemical that helps bond the paint to the metal. Then apply the powder. Then bake it. I saw some nice 2-color wheels they had done.

    http://www.racemetalsmiths.com/
    Tell them the guy with the Tesla Roadster sent you.
     
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    #30 ?
     
  20. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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