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Powdercoating Wheels & Aluminum Rims - Old Rims, New Look

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on December 1, 2009
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Wheels can make or break the look of almost any vehicle. Though we're not huge fans of super-big and high-bling dubs, we do enjoy a nice, clean, and functional wheel on our trucks. All too often years of wheeling and weather can turn a once sharp-looking wheel into a faded and pitted relic. Though the rough look might not affect the rim's function, sometimes the eyesore is enough to make you want to buck up for a new set of wheels.

Luckily there is an affordable option: Keep your old rims, give them a new look, and spend only a fraction of what you'd pay for a new wheel set. It's all accomplished by simply tossing on a little powder. Having your truck's wheels powdercoated has gained popularity over the past decade, and for good reason. The powdercoat finish is more durable than paint, offers excellent weather protection, and can be sprayed in a variety of finishes and colors; and the best part of all is that it's relatively inexpensive.

Wanting to know more about powdercoating, we cruised out to Area 51 Powdercoating in Holy Ridge, North Carolina. We have worked with these powdercoat professionals many times. This time we presented them with our decade-old, flaking and battered wheels and asked them to create a fresh look for our weathered 17-inch aluminum rims. Listed here are a few of the major steps of the powdercoat process. For more information visit

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7. The end product-coated with a high-gloss black center, a metallic silver lip, and a durable clearcoat for added protection-is an unbelievable improvement over the dull and weathered wheels we showed up with. We were more than pleased with the new, fresh look of our rims.

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