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powder coat or anodize?

So for the 934 project I'm going to change my forge line wheels to black..
Since they are aluminum I'm thinking I can either anodize or powder coat them.
What do you guys think ?

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Powdercoat scratches about as easy as paint i powdercoated my engine tin years ago, still looks good, but i was surprised how easily it scratched. Seems like an anodized finish will hold up better on the wheels, but I've seen many that have powder coated their wheels with good results.
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Anodize requires more "love" to clean (ONLY soap and water) and will be very scratch resistant. Powercoat easier to maintain - can get flat or gloss. IMHO the flat anodize color looks more porsche-like and better. I have Kinesis with flat gold Anodize, which I debated powercoated for ease of cleaning - then, after looking at PC color samples decided the anodize looked much better.
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Anodize finishing for wheels is the standard and what you are use to seeing most often. From racing with anodized centers I can confirm it holds up extremely well to brake dust, brake fluid and heavy cleaning. You can anadize in gloss or flat.
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Powdercoat scratches easily and if not done properly will ruin the wheel. Champion Motorsports only paints their wheels for this reason. I've had a set of custom Champion wheels on my Ruf for over 4 years, held up very well.
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What about regular painting, is it an option?

It works as well as the other two option you listed, and can be easily redone anytime - DIY.
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I agree with Miguel that you may want to consider regular spray paint. I painted mine satin black a couple years ago, and they have held up very well to daily use and occasional track time.
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Guys,
I'm looking at at least $60 per wheel for anodize and at least the same for powder coat.. I think paint may be the way to go!
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Plasti Dip Overspray? No Worries - YouTube

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touch up scratches

I repaired my curb rash with 2 part marine epoxy sanded smooth - removed from car - painted

I will not powder coat my rims again
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I' think we've got a winner!!! I like the videos
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Black Hat, any pics ? did you paint before you added the Plasti dip ?
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Ok I want to thank Black Hat!!! Great idea,, here's the link to the project!
just re-finished my wheels

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