The Ultimate Guide to Professionally Powder Coating Wheels

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Are you a car enthusiast?

Planning to upgrade your car’s wheels and rims?

If you’re already there, then it’s time to apply powder coating to your wheels and enhance their overall appearance. Despite how many people have opted in for powder coating their car wheels over the last decade, its popularity never stops and keeps on growing.

Can’t decide whether you should go for powder coating wheels or not? Here’s the ultimate guide to help you make that decision, for better or worse.

What is Powder Coating in Wheels?

Powder coating is a type of durable and protective finish that can be applied to various metal surfaces, including wheels. It involves the application of a dry powder onto the surface of the wheel, which is then heated and cured to create a hard and smooth coating.

The powder used in powder coating is typically made up of a mixture of resin, pigment, and additives. It is applied to the wheel using a spray gun, which charges the powder particles with an electrostatic charge. This allows the powder to adhere to the surface of the wheel evenly and efficiently.

What Are the Advantages of Powder Coating a Wheel? 

There are several advantages of powder coating a wheel.

It has a uniform and consistent finish in comparison to liquid paints. Powder coating also offers better durability and protects your wheel from environmental elements.

These may include UV rays, strong chemicals, and moisture.

Powder coating is also available in a range of colors and finishes. They also come in different customizability options so you can personalize your ride just the way you desire.

The Powder Coating Process  

The process usually involves the use of electrostatic curing under heat or ultraviolet light. It has many different steps, which are outlined as follows:

Step # 1 – Preparation: Preparation is the first stage in the powder coating process. If any dirt, grease, or other contaminants are sticking to the wheel, we remove them using a chemical solution. By cleaning the wheel’s surface, we can increase & promote the adhesion.

Step # 2 – Masking: The second stage is masking. In this phase, areas like lug holes or valve stems are masked off with tape or plugs to prevent the powder from sticking to these specific parts. Once the masking process is complete, the next step is powder application.

Step # 3 – Powder Application: The third stage is when you apply the powder coating material on the surface. This process is achieved using an electrostatic spray gun, where the gun applies a positive electric charge to the powder particles when sprayed across the wheel or rim.

Step # 4 – Curing the Wheel: The fourth stage involves putting the powder-coated wheel or rim into the oven and heating it. Normally, the wheels and the rims are heated at 350 to 400 degrees for up to 30 minutes. The powder melts & flows all over the wheel.

Step # 5 – Cooling: Finally, the coated wheels are cooled at room temperature while the masking tape is removed from the lug holes, plugs, valve stems, and other areas.

Step # 6 – Quality Control Checks: The final stage is quality control, where experts at NYC Wheel Pros check the car wheel for quality assurance. They take a detailed look at the wheel & identify defects & imperfections. They fix these problems in real-time, perfecting them.

Tips for Powder Coating Wheels 

If you’re planning to powder coat your car wheels or rims, here are a few tips that you need to pay attention to before applying a powder coat on your wheels.

Use Quality Powder Coating – Always use quality powder for coating your car wheels. It can be a mixture of polyester and epoxy. Polyester offers durability and resistance to UV light, making it a great option. On the other hand, epoxy is a better pick for wheels which frequently get exposed to chemicals and corrosive materials.

Use Quality Powder Gun – Applying powder coating to wheels using a dual-voltage powder gun is always advised. A good quality powder gun has customizable features which allows the applicator to lower the voltage while applying powder coating easily. It makes it easy to apply powder coating to different parts of the wheel without hassle.

NYC Wheel Pros – Where Wheel Powder Coating Becomes a Breeze

At NYC Wheel Pros, we’re not just experts in wheel powder coating; we’re your partners in transforming your wheels into sleek, durable works of art.

Say goodbye to the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary.

Join us on the journey to redefine your ride.

Experience the difference today – choose NYC Wheel Pros and let your wheels shine like never before. Get started now and give your wheels the makeover they deserve!

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