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Question Forged Wheels vs Powder Coat vs 400*

Hello... I have a set of forged centerline wheels that I'm thinking about powder coating. I understand that a 400* oven is used to bake/melt the powder to the wheel. I'm concerned about the temperature weakening the wheel. I called centerline and my local powder coating facility and both said it's no problem. Of course they'll say that

Will they be ok or will I be weakening the metal?

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aluminum doesnt melt until like 1100 degrees or something like that i think... theres been no tellin how many people get things powdercoated and a lot of industrial places get stuff powdercoated so im sure it doesnt weakin things up any...

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Hello... I have a set of forged centerline wheels that I'm thinking about powder coating. I understand that a 400* oven is used to bake/melt the powder to the wheel. I'm concerned about the temperature weakening the wheel. I called centerline and my local powder coating facility and both said it's no problem. Of course they'll say that

Will they be ok or will I be weakening the metal?

TIA....
I've been thinking about powder coating some polished aluminum wheels, too. So, I've done some research on powder coating and found some sources stating that the heat of the oven will cause the metal to "gas off" and also will "microscopically" weaken the metal. According to one article I read it stated that the wheel should be gradually heated to like 200 deg and then the powder should be applied ... this helps avoid the gas off gases from bubbling the powder coat ... and then the wheel should be slowly taken up to 400 deg and then very slowly taken down through the cooling process. So, I talked to some local powder coating places about this and they acted like I was crazy.

Additionally, according to the "crazy" article, sand blasting the wheels with sand will microscopically weaken the structure of the wheels. Therefore, it was said to use peanut shells or some other "soft" type material. My local powder coat guy said he would just scotch guard mine ... but he laughed about the temp control thing ...

With all this said, tons of guys have their wheels powder coated and are doing fine it seems.

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i have been working in a powdercoating shop for 2 and a half years.... you will have absolutely no problem with your wheels weakening. we have aluminum spindles, wheels, tranny housings, etc. off off desert vehicles in the oven all the time, absolutely zero problems or complaints...... both my off road trucks and ATV which take serious beatings were powdercoated.... dont worry man powdercoat them *****ezzz
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I totally agree w/ Desert Junky -- We install and fabricate specialty architectural products-- many of them structural that are powdercoated. Powdercoat is some awesome stuff.
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you will do more "microscopic" damage with a scotch brite pad on aluminum than 400 degrees of heat and a light sandblasting. We sandblast wood cabinets at my work....u just adjust the air pressure according to the material you are working with. Nobody should worry about powdercoating there stuff.
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you will do more "microscopic" damage with a scotch brite pad on aluminum than 400 degrees of heat and a light sandblasting. We sandblast wood cabinets at my work....u just adjust the air pressure according to the material you are working with. Nobody should worry about powdercoating there stuff.
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