I have chrome American Racing Torq Thrust II on my 65 fastback. I am thinking about powder coating them to a darker gun metal gray. I am looking to have it professionally done. Anyone have any experience with this? Any advice on manufacturers, techniques, costs, colors, coatings, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
I had a set of stock 4 lug rims powder coated black and they look great, but at $250.00 it wasnt worth it to me. Way too expensive for rims that are going to get chipped and scratched. I wish I had spent the money on something more constructive to my mustang. Some good spray paint will go a long way in making your rims look like new and if you need to touch them up, it would be easy enough to do.Just my opinion. Good luck.
I think you'll find that most powder coat shops will not do anything over chrome and that the chrome will need to be stripped and the surface prepped so that the powder will have something to grab/stick to.Perhaps you should consider selling the chrome versions and get a set of as-cast TTII's to powder coat. I'd also check your local coaters for a price estimate, as it does vary wildly by location, prep work involved, product size, and even powder color.As an example, when I built my Cobra replica I had about ten pieces of aluminum paneling, hood and door hinges, brackets, and other small parts that all had to be blasted/etched, and then coated and my local coater charged me $200 for everything using a fairly standard "Sparkle Silver" metallic powder.HTH...Mark
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