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Old 03-06-2013, 02:03 PM
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Chrome wheels to black

I went to my local powder coating shop to see if they could PC my chrome wheels and they gave me an honest answer that it probably would not work bc the wheels are chrome and they already show minor signs of pitting. But I still want to find a way of making my wheels black. I've noticed that some people have plasti dipped it but wonder if it will work on my application since I have pitting. I have also heard that plasti dip begins to fade and its hard to remove brake dust. Would a clear coat possibly help prevent that? Is there another option to make my chrome wheels black?
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I went to my local powder coating shop to see if they could PC my chrome wheels and they gave me an honest answer that it probably would not work bc the wheels are chrome and they already show minor signs of pitting. But I still want to find a way of making my wheels black. I've noticed that some people have plasti dipped it but wonder if it will work on my application since I have pitting. I have also heard that plasti dip begins to fade and its hard to remove brake dust. Would a clear coat possibly help prevent that? Is there another option to make my chrome wheels black?
Just do the plasti dip! If it doesn't work, or you don't like it, your only out $30! It is reversible in minutes.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:02 AM
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Aside from Plasti-Dip, the only way to make something stick to chrome is to scuff it like you would any other surface. Once you do that, hope you like it because you're committed.

What about blending the minor pitting prior to powder coating. Short of making a divot, I doubt it would be noticeable, esp if you went with a matte finish. So long as the pitting doesn't go through the chrome, I think blending would work fine.

However, if the pitting goes through the chrome, it's only a matter of time before moisture gets trapped between the chrome and aluminum completing the electron path to corrode the wheels. By the time you see the bubbling in the chrome, it's too late.

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