M3 alloys OEM finish

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  1. 3 Jan 2020 at 8:57 AM #21
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    That’s kinda how they do diamond cut in as much a spray paint the whole wheel one colour then lathe off the face, then clear coat it.
    Not sure how’d they remove powder coat from just the face as it’s sprayed on as a powder then melted/baked. Masking it up maybe but I can’t see that working.
    There is a big difference between painting and powder coating wheels. I’ve had my customers ask about powder coating wheels in different colours loads & loads and have spoke to loads of wheel companies and alway been told it can’t be done with powder coat. Probably a very good reason for it too.
     
  2. 3 Jan 2020 at 10:43 AM #22
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    You can literally brush the powder off with a swab as it's only the static charge which makes it cling to the wheel, doesn't actually mechanically 'stick' until it's baked.

    Very time consuming and very hard to get crisp, best edges but it's certainly possible.
     
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    that’s before it’s baked mate, once baked you can’t brush it off. And there’s no way you could spray new colour on in little areas with the guns. Powder coating isn’t like spray painting as you correctly said they are held to the surface with a charge. Wouldn’t have thought the guns are accurate enough to do fine details.
    Well I say that, at least they weren’t accurate enough when I used to work for a company that powder coated of course They may have come on in the last couple years maybe.
     
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    I was thrown by the first pictures as I was thinking what is is this [email protected]?! Then I saw the last pictures and that is very good. I have my set of original 19s which are unmolested originals so would like to get them redone at some time once a decent, non-diamond cut finish is available.
     
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    You bake the first colour, then powder the second and remove it where you don't want it before baking again, then usually put a powder lacquer over the whole lot and bake again.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B6dlcsDnbvL/?igshid=1lmedtfy963yy

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfl3nJ-nKe2/?igshid=1fn8uug6uvfp2
     
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    Do you have any side on pics or of them from a small distance on the car? It’s a good compromise as they look pretty good
     
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    I have these from work today. Not the best but you can get an idea


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    Looks nice!
     
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    Hello Mike. Did you ever get your 359s back to hypersilver? I need to do the same and any info/advice would be appreciated. It seems it’s a hard finish to achieve.
    Thanks a lot
     
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    Unfortunately after visiting 3 local so called ‘wheel specialists’ i soon realised its a difficult task. One refused to even try whilst the others didn’t fill me with confidence they could achieve my desired colour so I gave up and stuck with Matt black. I’d still have them done if anyone could point me in the right direction also.
     
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    https://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/ these guys are good. Also do them with powder coating whole wheel black then flashing the front sliver to get an effect like the diamond cut ones
     
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    These are powder coated too - well pleased with how they look. Oxford Performance Autos.

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    In my opinion polished or diamond cut look so much better than powder coated wheels.
     
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    Diamond cut is fine until it inevitably goes milky. Plus you’re literally removing layers of metal from the wheel. I honestly can’t think of something worse.

    The polished look is great, it’s just very high maintenance.

    A chrome powder coat (with dark inserts if you can get them) is the best compromise for a great looking wheel, longevity and durability of finish.
     
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    Such a pain when nobody can match the OEM finishes. Surely it can’t be that hard. It was the same on my Clio V6255 wheels. They had a lovely chrome silver paint from new and impossible to match.
     
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    I understand that mate. I have 2 though. Side by side. The one with the chrome powder coat. It just looks cheap. Don’t ever wash it with any chemical on the wheel too. It will ruin them.i haven’t polished the m3 that has the diamond cut rims on to be honest. Looks lovely. At night when the wheels reflect. It looks amazing. I guess your right on diamond cutting. It does slim the rim down. I guess it’s personal choice
     
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