[DML] Re: Polished wheels vs. powder coated
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[DML] Re: Polished wheels vs. powder coated



Hi there, I am sorry; I noticed the typo in my last post. My rims are 
Powder coated and not powered coated! What the hell. I swear when I 
type on this forum or my mind is playing tricks with me, the letters 
do not react as quickly as my typing. 
 I used a company called "Alloy Wheel Specialist. www.awrsm.com in 
Troy Michigan. I am not sure how many Powder Coating specialists are 
out there; I believe I read in an earlier post about the gas release 
within the rims after the painting process. This is true, even on new 
cars there may be witness areas of tiny gas bubbles in the paint. 
Bring this up, so the person doing the painting takes his or her time. 
You may see this on your finished wheel when looking up close. If you 
have a few zits here and there, then they should be acceptable. The 
paint on my original finish was very thin. I believe the factory spent 
a half a second painting them. This new finish is thick. You do not 
see the porosity on the rims anymore. It's awesome and so easy to 
clean. I think they bake the rims at like 250 degrees then electro 
statically apply the finish. 
I was very concerned first of all to disrupt the original appearance. 
It is cheaper to restore to factory finish; but that didn't interest 
me. I was never overly attracted to the DeLorean Rim appearance and 
finish from day one. I always loved the style.   I wanted something 
not too flashy or too dull. I wanted the finish to bring out the Black 
Moldings on the DeLorean; but not deflect attention from the 
stainless. 
I am very comfortable with the way they came out; I had hoped to have 
a bit more Dark tones to it. I am not sure if you are familiar or not 
with the BMW M3 wheels. They have a smoke Chrome look. That's what I 
was after. The color I have now is apparently nice enough that I 
actually receive compliments on them from unknowns. No one ever 
remarks at how nice the rims looked stock, attention was always the 
car overall. Its nice to have something other than the Stainless 
finish and remarkable body design stand out. 
My Wheels were stripped, dipped in some solution and returned to the 
original casting prior to paint. A very High Gloss Black finish was 
applied. In fact when you turn my wheels around, they are black. The 
next process was the application of the Hyper Silver. New Porsche & 
Mercedes cars use the same process; but substitute Black and use White 
paint as a base.

Good Luck, 
Byron

By the way, I appreciate the comments.







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