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    Thread: Wheel painting opinions

    1. Member travis_gli's Avatar
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      02-23-2012 10:09 PM #1
      I would consider this more body work specific considering it involves painting and aesthetics.

      Basically my Avant Garde wheels, not even 6 months after purchasing them, started peeling. The clear coat is peeling in large areas on the faces only. I tried to have them warrantied however had no luck (I won't get into details.)

      To have them repaired I'm probably looking at $100+ per wheel. Considering they were only around $200 a wheel brand new it's most definitely not worth it to have them repaired as they are not rare, readily available and fairly inexpensive.

      With keeping all that in mind is there any way I could sand down the surfaces only where the clear coat has peeled off and hit it with some aerosol clear. (The faces are raw, machined aluminum. Interiors are gun metal.) Right now where it has peeled off it looks like crap, the aluminum is oxidizing and getting spotty. They are still decent wheels so I would like to save them if at all possible.

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      02-24-2012 01:56 PM #2
      Anything in a aerosol can doesn't have much chance of staying on
      alum. wheels. You really have to use a 2K urethane (clear w/ activator)
      and even then it's not a sure thing.

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      02-25-2012 10:52 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by JCCLARK View Post
      Anything in a aerosol can doesn't have much chance of staying on
      alum. wheels. You really have to use a 2K urethane (clear w/ activator)
      and even then it's not a sure thing.
      So pretty much what you are saying was that they were prone to peeling straight from the factory.

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      02-25-2012 03:47 PM #4
      You can get them powder coated for about $300 for the set.

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      02-25-2012 06:51 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by harlequin80 View Post
      You can get them powder coated for about $300 for the set.
      Debating it. I gotta find a place near Harrisburg that would do it. I'll have to bang the bends out of them first.

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