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Curious about possible outcomes of powder coating steel wheels, Your WordPress Department asked The Powder Coating Factory about the old rusty rims on the YWPD van. Now, this ol’ workhorse is just a 1999 Dodge 1500 van, which is named #VanyMacVanFace, and its rims are just the basic gray steel. Well, they’re more like a three tone color scheme: gray, rust, and black dirt and grime.
BeforePowder Coating Steel Wheels
The helpful staff at TPCF went over the process of powder coating steel wheels in this condition, and we decided to go ahead with a gloss black. I could have chosen any, or a combination of 209 other powder coat colors. The van had steel chrome lugs and chrome plated plastic hub, so we thought that the solid shiny black should look cool.
While it was in their powdercoating shop’s paint booth it occurred to me that I should have brought the video camera to record the process of powder coating steel wheels, particularly interested in the result on my own rims. I didn’t have the camera with me, and TPCF didn’t tell me that they were going to shoot the final product, but here’s what they did. First they sent the van next door to get the tires removed. Then they sand blasted the crap and rust and paint off the steel rims. The beautiful glossy black powder coat was applied, and the wheels were hung to dry. Later the rims went back to the body shop next door to have the tires remounted and balanced.
After Powder Coating Steel Wheels
Didn’t get the entire process, but you can see how glossy this black is. It’s going to look amazing with chrome trim after the rims are put back on the van.
Apparently powdercoat paint dries very quickly. #VanyMacVanFace was in and out of there within 5 hours. AWESOME!
Here’s the van after the rim powder coating:
I love the look. Of course, we need to get the whole van repainted now too. But just doing the wheels is a big upgrade from basic steel rims to a glossy black and chrome, custom looking wheel.
What do YOU think?