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Lightbulb Wheel Refinishing

I have a set of Ford Factory 18" Aluminum Wheels for my truck that I want to refinish. I picked them up used and want to cover up the former owners blemishes. I believe that I am going to have them Powder Coated Black, but want to make sure that this is the best option. I thought about paint, but felt that the Powder Coating would be more durable. Any thoughts? Look forward to hearing some input. Chris

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powder is the way to go.. way more durable and alot easier to clean grime of as well.. with out scratching up a clear coat.. what kind of blemishes, just light scratches or something?

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Yeah, they just have a bit of scratches and marks from wheel weights and such. I am planning on running the internal balancing beads with these to keep them clean looking.

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what color of black? matte? glossy? are you going to clear coat them as well?
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I am leaning towards matte at this time. I don't think I will need clear coat as the powder coating should cover it all.

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matte is so sexy! im a powder freak! i just got done rebuilding my quad and alot of it is matte black. they should look real nice when done...
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Thanks! I think they will look really good. When I get them done I will get some pictures. Chris

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Yep go for the powder coating. Its durable!

Hope you can finish it asap and let us see the finish product.
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I will try to, it's all about time and money, and I don't nearly have enough of either. Chris

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