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Old 09-11-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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Powdercoating wheels?

I am thinking about getting the wheels on my DD done black.

Does anybody in the houston area know of a good powdercoating place?

Also, does anyone have an idea of how much it would be to coat 4 Aluminum wheels BLACK?

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the heat from the powdercoating causes stess issues on aluminum during the cooling process... make sure you find a shop that is going to use a proper process for critical parts

read this link.... contains way more info than i posted below... may make you think twice or help you find a place that really knows what they are doing... i'm sure your wheels will be put under more stress than the average ricer (edit: just saw this is probably going on the caddy... but still)

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Found your article most enlightening. A metallurgist friend told me a few years ago that things like aluminum wheel spindles should not be powder coated. He explained that aluminum billet material (6061-T6 ?) changed crystal structure at a critical temperature around 410 degrees F (as I recall). The thrust was that the heating step would adversely affect the strength of the material. Non-structural components would be OK, but not something that "holds the spokes on".

The metallurgist is correct. Products like wheel billets, scuba tanks, etc. can be powder coated, but only with powders which cure below peak metal temperature of 300 degrees F. The crystalline realignment at 400 degrees F causes the previous ductile aluminum to become brittle. Imagine the catastrophe when an 80 cu. ft. scuba tank explodes under 3000 psi pressure after an unauthorized powder coat (this actually happened). To my knowledge, all Aluminum wheels and other strength-critical aluminum components are powder coated with these cooler curing powders.

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Old 09-12-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yeah this is going on my Caddy; I like the oem wheels and so I wanted to do them.....
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I've heard the same problems. You are better getting them painted instead
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I am thinking about it. I just really wanted powdercoated satin.
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