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Powder coating wheels is a great way to customize and protect your wheels. Wheel manufacturers are beginning to powder coat wheels as a factory finish due to environmental and durability reasons. We will go over the process of powder coating of taking old wheels and turning them into a “like new” by powder coating.
The first step is to remove the tires. Unless you know how to remove tires the best way to remove your tires is to take them to a tire shop and have them professionally removed. Tire shops have the right tools and experience to ensure that your tires are undamaged in the process. Have the tire shop remove the valve stem, wheel weights, and any plastic pieces like sensors. The goal is to have the wheel bare of anything that would get in the way of the powder coat.
The second step is to have the wheel blasted. Fluid Power Support in Mexico, Missouri can blast your wheels using aluminum oxide that is aggressive enough to remove paint and rust quickly but gentle enough not to dig into the wheel and cause damage. Blasting away existing paint and rust will ensure a clean, etched wheel surface for the powder coat to adhere properly.
The third step is to clean the metal using a degreaser and a phosphate. Preparation is 90% of the work and is the most important step in powder coating. After the wheels are cleaned they need to go into the powder coat oven for dry off and gassing out. This step usually takes 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees.
After the wheels are dry the fourth step is to apply a zinc rich primer if the wheels are a ferrous metal. The primer helps prevent rust as the zinc is sacrificial in nature. The primer is put into the powder coat oven for a partial cure which is typically around 7 minutes for wheels.
After the wheels are partially cured and cool the fifth step is to apply the topcoat on the wheels and fully cure in the powder coat oven for 10-20 minutes depending on the powder type and thickness of the metal.
The sixth and last step is to take the finished perfect wheels to the tire shop and have them install the tires, valve stems, and wheel weights back on the wheels.
The color choices are nearly unlimited so you can customize your car how you would like. If you’re interested in having your wheels powder coated and live in the Mid-Missouri area call Fluid Power Support at (573) 581-8200 or stop by our shop at 22398 Audrain Road 9824 Mexico, Missouri and we will be happy to give you a price quote.