In Reply to: Re: Restoring the Wheels posted by demet on August 23, 1999 at 13:44:32:
THis type of painting mainly uses a heated oven to bake the powder paint into a very durable finish. The painting process is water based, and almost all of the overspray is recollected and reused. Thus this process is eco friendly.
A metal part is hung on a moving rack and it goes through either a three or five stage process. THe part first gets cleaned, then powder coated, then baked, then air dried as it goes through the conveyor. IT takes between 40 to 60 minutes from when the part first enters and exits the conveyor. At the end of the line, that part is extremely durable and dried, ready to assemble or pack.
: I've heard of powdercoating but don't know what the technique is and what type of equipment you might need. Anybody familiar?
: 87 528e
: : I presume you are talking about the stock wheels, since you didn't specify otherwise.
: : You could have them powdercoated, but it probably is not worth the expense. You can get the BMW wheel spray paint at a dealer. You should get the silver paint, and the clearcoat. Just clean them up as well as you can, use some kind of a degreaser, and respray them (after they are off the car, of course!)
: : The wheel paint is made by Wurth, and is great stuff. You can get it from most mail order places. The paint you get at the dealer is the same Wurth stuff, but is just re-labeled as "BMW" paint.
: : I have done this in the past with really excellent results.
: : Brian
: : : Can anyone offer any tips on wheel restoration? Particularly my front wheels are bad. Not so much that they are scuffed up, but more like the finish is just completely gone.
: : : Can I have them powder coated?