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 Plasti-dip'd my wheels 

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 Plasti-dip'd my wheels 
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So, in the never ending quest to get the military tires on my truck, I picked up a set of aluminum wheels a few months ago in Denver. They're the shiny finish ones and I would have much preferred black ones. But at the price I paid and considering how hard it seems to be to find 16.5" wheels in a 8x170mm bolt pattern, I picked them up anyway. Made a few calls to some powder coaters to see how much it would cost to get them flat blacked. 25/wheel was pretty much the going rate. Then, two days ago I stumbled across a thread over on Ford Trucks where a guy said he'd used the Plasti-dip coating (same stuff you dip your hand tools into to put a coating on the handles) to paint his wheels. I thought I would give it a shot. And here's what happened.

Here's a side by side of one coated and one not.
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And a closer shot of the coated one. I have some runs in the coating but I've only shot it once so far. I think I will get those runs out with more application.
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Best part is, if I don't like the coating any more or if it gets damaged and looks like garbage, I can pee it off and reshoot it.

Now I'm wondering what black slots might look like. icon biggin

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That looks awesome !

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It does look good but how expensive is the plastic?


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If that stuff peels off, would a curb check, car wash, or hitting a rock 4-wheeling peel it off? Powdercoat for $25.00 a wheel seems very reasonable to get a whole new look.

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It does look good but how expensive is the plastic?


5 bucks a can. I'm pretty sure I can do 2-3 coats per wheel out of one can.

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800 miles left until full frame off rebuild.

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Entourage wrote:
If that stuff peels off, would a curb check, car wash, or hitting a rock 4-wheeling peel it off? Powdercoat for $25.00 a wheel seems very reasonable to get a whole new look.


I'm sure any type of trauma to the wheel will peel it off in that section. But just touch it up and you're done? I'll just have to see how it holds up. You're right. 25/wheel did seem very reasonable to me. But if I did a curb check, etc with a powder coated wheel, I'd have to take them back to the coater to get the same look. In this case I just stop by Lowe's.

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800 miles left until full frame off rebuild.

The Terrible One
1972 Sport uncut, 302, C4 with 1974 column , T shift D20, 3.50 gears w/ limited slip, 1966 U13 Roadster kick panel, September 26, 1972 build with factory power steering, illuminated dash bars, and NSS/reverse light wiring.

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Currently nothing more than a rotted out, beat up tub sitting in the garage


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A video of how easy it is to remove.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz7ZDIIuP6w&feature=player_embedded

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800 miles left until full frame off rebuild.

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1972 Sport uncut, 302, C4 with 1974 column , T shift D20, 3.50 gears w/ limited slip, 1966 U13 Roadster kick panel, September 26, 1972 build with factory power steering, illuminated dash bars, and NSS/reverse light wiring.

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I wasn't able to see the pics at work behind my firewall for some reason. Now that I can see the pics, they look awesome. Excited to see them with tires mounted on your Bronco.

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If that plastidip came in clear, that would make a great wheel protectant for the winter!!

Can't wait to see them on the truck!

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Post Re: Plasti-dip'd my wheels
Looks good! You peeked my interest, so I did some searching. Looks like people are having good luck with it even after a year.
The one thing I would be concerned with is doing it before the tires are mounted, seems like the tire will tear it off when you set the bead.


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Well, the tire replacements came in. Got them all mounted up today. Now the question is:

Aluminum
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or Black?
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1972 Sport, 302 with Edelbrock 1405, 3 speed with old school Duff floor shifter, T shift Dana 20 with JB Fab twin stick, 4.11 gears with Trac-loc, Lincoln hydroboost, Chevy disc conversion, WH gas lift gate shock kit, loaner donut tires on about 2.5" of lift, Stroppe installed: bumper braces, dual shocks on all four corners, GM power steering, trans cooler mount, auto shift column, rollbar.
800 miles left until full frame off rebuild.

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1972 Sport uncut, 302, C4 with 1974 column , T shift D20, 3.50 gears w/ limited slip, 1966 U13 Roadster kick panel, September 26, 1972 build with factory power steering, illuminated dash bars, and NSS/reverse light wiring.

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Currently nothing more than a rotted out, beat up tub sitting in the garage


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Which one do you like. I like them both. Nice part about doing it that way is you can change it when you want.

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My problem is everyone does black wheels now. I used to really like them but they are so played out now. But either do look good.

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Both! Tape em off so they alternate on the wheel...

Alum looks too plain, but as zoso said, black is becoming very popular, especially on our tow rigs!

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Try opposite of most rims. Go black lip and polished center. Try something different.

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Booger wrote:
Which one do you like. I like them both. Nice part about doing it that way is you can change it when you want.


Tough call. I think both look great. Alum looks great now, with the current paint. And the black looks pretty good for now, and my future plans.

Sometime next year I'm probably going to shoot the entire truck in flat or matte black, then replace the taillights, headlights, and marker lights with blackouts from Recon. Think the F250T (Tactical).

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1972 Sport, 302 with Edelbrock 1405, 3 speed with old school Duff floor shifter, T shift Dana 20 with JB Fab twin stick, 4.11 gears with Trac-loc, Lincoln hydroboost, Chevy disc conversion, WH gas lift gate shock kit, loaner donut tires on about 2.5" of lift, Stroppe installed: bumper braces, dual shocks on all four corners, GM power steering, trans cooler mount, auto shift column, rollbar.
800 miles left until full frame off rebuild.

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1972 Sport uncut, 302, C4 with 1974 column , T shift D20, 3.50 gears w/ limited slip, 1966 U13 Roadster kick panel, September 26, 1972 build with factory power steering, illuminated dash bars, and NSS/reverse light wiring.

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Currently nothing more than a rotted out, beat up tub sitting in the garage


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ZOSO wrote:
Try opposite of most rims. Go black lip and polished center. Try something different.


Your onto something I like that idea! But if he goes black centers and polished the lip he wont have to worry about the tire shop peeling off the black.
kinda like permanant trim rings.


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