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Old 04-01-2013, 03:02 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Paint vs. Powdercoat

I'm considering having my stock SL wheels either painted or powdercoated black. Which one a) looks better, b) is more durable, and c) cheaper?

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I'm considering having my stock SL wheels either painted or powdercoated black. Which one a) looks better, b) is more durable, and c) cheaper?

Any estimates on how much I'd have to spend would also be appreciated.

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A) paint will look better due to high gloss
B) on wheels powdercoating would be more durable
C) Plastidip is cheaper just as durable and if you decide you dont like it you just peel it off

Are you rear srt on paint or powdercoat?? What color
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A. Powdercoat
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Default Re: Paint vs. Powdercoat

Powder coat will be more durable. Paint usually looks nicer. Plasti-dip, Im over this stuff. Its become way too over used on every thing. Plus after a while it looks like crap. I did my grille and it looked good for a while then it got all dull and drab.
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You can lay normal clear coat overtop of plastidip to gain the high gloss look and also plasti dip has glossifier you can use and if you order the cleaner designed for plastidip if continues to look good IMO
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Whatever you do DO NOT use plastidip I think it's the most tacky ugly thing in the universe!!!!!!!! If you're going to paint it yourself atleast do it the proper way, sand, primer, paint, clear coat. Won't cost more than $50 and a nice day
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Just plasti dip it. 6 bucks a can and you can fo two wheels. My friends got his Audi S5 wheels painted flat black professionally for 100 a wheel and they look exactly like mine. He even curb rashed em a bit and now the silver is showing. Had he plastidipped he could just touch it up orrr like i did, peel it all of and re dip the wheel.
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Lol, I think you offended lots of people here.

Anyways, If you plan on keeping your car and not thinking of trading it in, then paint/powder coat would be best choice like some have suggested. But, if you are planning on selling it or trading it in, the best thing to do is to try and keep car stock as possible. Like some also said, plastidip comes fairly easy. So having a temporary look just for a quick change, then go right ahead. If you plastidip right, the job comes out looking pretty descent. I seen some nice plastidipped rims in the org.

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Lol, I think you offended lots of people here.

Anyways, If you plan on keeping your car and not thinking of trading it in, then paint/powder coat would be best choice like some have suggested. But, if you are planning on selling it or trading it in, the best thing to do is to try and keep car stock as possible. Like some also said, plastidip comes fairly easy. So having a temporary look just for a quick change, then go right ahead. If you plastidip right, the job comes out looking pretty descent. I seen some nice plastidipped rims in the org.

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I tried to say the same thing,only a little nicer. Offend people or not Plasti-dip really isn't the best way to paint your wheels. There are some things that just need to be done the right way and this is one of them. Why paint or powder coat,just buy new wheels. You dont have to spend thousands on wheels. Look around on CL and find some used ones. The great thing about Maximas is that its a very common bolt pattern and offset.
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Pretty mch David summed it up^^

Regardless if I offended people or not, plastidip is tacky, there's no way you can compare flat black powdercoat to plastidip, my 350z aftermarket wheels came matte blac powdercoated and there's no way in hell it looks like plastidip, pd looks more lumpy and not as nice, but your choice. This is why Maximas get such a bad reputation and why the simplest mod gets praised by, because everyone is so cheap. Like 07maximan said you don't have too shell out 3g's on wheels, find NICE wheels regardless of how cheap they are and rock them.

Ps. I think plastidip is also for lazy people not just cheap, I painted my maxima wheels gloss black for under $50 doing it the right way, prime sand paint clear, took a good 8 hours (prepping and painting by coats) but looked a hell of alot better than plastidip

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I tried to say the same thing,only a little nicer. Offend people or not Plasti-dip really isn't the best way to paint your wheels. There are some things that just need to be done the right way and this is one of them. Why paint or powder coat,just buy new wheels. You dont have to spend thousands on wheels. Look around on CL and find some used ones. The great thing about Maximas is that its a very common bolt pattern and offset.
I agree, but certain people just don't have the cash for nicer wheels. Couple of $6 cans at Home Depot is pretty affordable. I did say it nice, lol. Where was I rude?

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Pretty mch David summed it up^^

Regardless if I offended people or not, plastidip is tacky, there's no way you can compare flat black powdercoat to plastidip, my 350z aftermarket wheels came matte blac powdercoated and there's no way in hell it looks like plastidip, pd looks more lumpy and not as nice, but your choice. This is why Maximas get such a bad reputation and why the simplest mod gets praised by, because everyone is so cheap. Like 07maximan said you don't have too shell out 3g's on wheels, find NICE wheels regardless of how cheap they are and rock them.

Ps. I think plastidip is also for lazy people not just cheap, I painted my maxima wheels gloss black for under $50 doing it the right way, prime sand paint clear, took a good 8 hours (prepping and painting by coats) but looked a hell of alot better than plastidip

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And that's why people have different taste. I would go plastidip just to see how my wheels would look before I decide to paint them. If anything. Plastidip is pretty popular, specially on the 6thGen forum.

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I agree, but certain people just don't have the cash for nicer wheels. Couple of $6 cans at Home Depot is pretty affordable. I did say it nice, lol. Where was I rude?

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I just really think that Plasti-dip is played out. Read on some other forums or better yet try to post about using it and you'll be flamed right outta there. To be honest this forum is the most "Plasti-dip friendly" forum I frequent. I think it has it place,just not wheels. This is just my opinion.
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Lol, no you werent rude.

I just really think that Plasti-dip is played out. Read on some other forums or better yet try to post about using it and you'll be flamed right outta there. To be honest this forum is the most "Plasti-dip friendly" forum I frequent. I think it has it place,just not wheels. This is just my opinion.
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I did plasti dip because it was my first time EVER painting wheels. I screwed up the first time and just peeled it off. Had I f'd up painting it itd take a crap ton more to correct it than that since it doesnt just peel off.
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