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    paint, powder coat or stove enamel

    I want to get some colour on the steel wheels for the roadster, should I, paint, powder coat or stove enamel them? Anyone got any experience of the last two? Thoughts on where to get it done (I live in Suffolk, but happy to travel) and related costs??

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    Stove enamelling is a bit brittle I have found and powder coating can crack allowing corrosion underneath the cracks. Best finish though has to be powder coating IMHO and its really tough.

    A mate has a powder coating company and the variety of colours is amazing.
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    Only problem with powdercoating steel wheels is getting the powder down into that 'valley' between the centre and the outer rim. You may be best to paint them.

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    100% paint. A mate had the Chevy Rally wheels powdercoated for his El Camino and, just as Steve said, the coating cracked where the rim met the centre and the rust spread under the coating.

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    Seems paint is the way to go, thanks all!!

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    Testicles....my inexperience shows through again. I'll get me coat.
    Quarter of a mile at a time...after that, its the Sat Nav

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    Nought wrong with pwder coating Andy just in that particular application it seems to be a problem.

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    I'd say powdercoat is as good as anything for 'one piece' items, most of my front end is powdercoated and has held up well, wishbones, spring, steering tie rods, stamped brackets, that sort of thing. The problems seem to arise with two (or more) piece assemblies that have welded or riveted joints. The powder just doesn't seem to want to flow into the joints the way a wet coat paint system does, so it forms a skin across the joint and the first bit of flex can cause it to crack and allow moisture in.

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    Another problem with powder coat is that it can be a nightmare to get off when you fancy a colour change.

    I would use paint.

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    I also would go down the paint route as it will give a great finish and it is the easiest to touch up should you get any damage. As Allready stated Stoving is very brittle and will chip and powder coating is very tough but does have issues where two pieces meet one another

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