: refinishing factory wheels with gun metal finish?



2007ThunderV
11-03-11, 09:57 PM
anyone have a gunmetal finish on the factory wheels? if so how did it hold up?82372

odthetruth
11-04-11, 05:40 AM
I don't have a gunmetal black finish, but wanted to throw some options up to look into:

These are my wheels. The previous owner rattle-canned them
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb454/odthetruthv/P1020100-1.jpg

But more specifically:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WS14Jnyf5Q

The Plastidip, from everything I've read, holds onto the rims with no issues and can be peeled off. I've sprayed my front grill with it, and I'm amazed with how easy it was to prep (no need to sand, etc), how well it can be applied evenly from someone who is retarded in regards to painting (myself).

If my rims begin to fade, I will go the plasti dip route. It'll cost you $6 per can, roughly, and if you don't like 'em, just peel it off.

boosted353
11-04-11, 02:07 PM
I plastidipped my wheels a few months back and have been really impressed with how well it stays on. It was supposed to be a temporary thing just to see if i liked the look before i payed to paint/powdercoat them. They held up great right up until I decided to autocross it and hit a few cones :rolleyes:. there are a few very small holes in it now so I am going to try to touch it up and see how it does and if that doesn't work I will respray them and leave them until spring.

EdmundGTP
11-04-11, 03:38 PM
Sort of a gunmetal like finish. Had them powder coated. Holds up great.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j308/Edmund944/V%20Pics/IMG_0943.jpg

2007ThunderV
11-04-11, 04:57 PM
Sort of a gunmetal like finish. Had them powder coated. Holds up great.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j308/Edmund944/V%20Pics/IMG_0943.jpg
that is the exact finish i want. what did you spend approximatley, and do you mind posting close ups, if you have them.
i was quoted around a grand to refinish.

2007ThunderV
11-04-11, 04:57 PM
also what tires are you running, looks great

EdmundGTP
11-04-11, 05:01 PM
Here is a close up of a freshly re-coated wheel. The first one I had done.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j308/Edmund944/IMG_0512.jpg

The place that did them charged me $125 per wheel with overnight/next day turnaround time, including the removal and re-mounting of tires on the other 4 wheels. (I have 5 total) That also included weld filling and smoothing out various curb rash spots that were on on a couple of the wheels, courtesy of the previous owner.

EdmundGTP
11-04-11, 05:03 PM
Here's a closer pic in different lighting (indoor florescent)

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j308/Edmund944/IMG_0537.jpg

Tires are Bridgestone RE760 Sport Asymmetrics in 255-40-18

2007ThunderV
11-04-11, 05:06 PM
wow they did a good job, i will have to price shop around here

JimmyH
11-04-11, 08:18 PM
that's hot. Much better looking than black.

bassillac
11-05-11, 05:54 AM
that's hot. Much better looking than black.

What you mean black? For $39,500 they should be Gold plated

2007ThunderV
11-05-11, 09:57 AM
What you mean black? For $39,500 they should be Gold plated
can you not post irrverlant crap in this thread.

2007ThunderV
11-05-11, 10:03 AM
that's hot. Much better looking than black.
yea i have been back and forth on the idea with going with black for the wheels.
i am off to the wheelrefinish place today to get some info on powdercoating

2007ThunderV
11-05-11, 10:04 AM
I plastidipped my wheels a few months back and have been really impressed with how well it stays on. It was supposed to be a temporary thing just to see if i liked the look before i payed to paint/powdercoat them. They held up great right up until I decided to autocross it and hit a few cones :rolleyes:. there are a few very small holes in it now so I am going to try to touch it up and see how it does and if that doesn't work I will respray them and leave them until spring.
i was think about doing plasti dip on one wheel just to make sure i like it frst. plasti dip rocks, i have done a few things on my other vehicle with it.

Aurora40
11-07-11, 08:10 AM
Plasti-dip is pretty flat in color though. I think a gloss gunmetal would look better than flat black. If you want to see a temporary gunmetal color, I'd suggest this:

http://www.duplicolor.com/duplicolor-weblogic/products/shield/

It has some metallic flake and is more gunmetal/anthracite in color. It washes off though so it won't be semi-permanent like Plasti-dip.

CadzillaTN
11-10-11, 09:45 PM
What you mean black? For $39,500 they should be Gold plated

Or wrinkled and hairy?

:quagmire:



OD, you know I like those rims. Flat is where it's at. I'm gonna plasti dip mine sometime soon. I was thinking about flat caps,, but those don't look bad.

Edmund, those do look good..... Very professional.

Thunder, there was once a guy with some nice looking gunmetal rims, luvmy04v. Look those up. Someone bought his car but don't think he reads the forums..

2007ThunderV
11-10-11, 10:13 PM
Or wrinkled and hairy?

:quagmire:



OD, you know I like those rims. Flat is where it's at. I'm gonna plasti dip mine sometime soon. I was thinking about flat caps,, but those don't look bad.

Edmund, those do look good..... Very professional.

Thunder, there was once a guy with some nice looking gunmetal rims, luvmy04v. Look those up. Someone bought his car but don't think he reads the forums..
thanks ya, i will have to look them up
think i might just go balls deep in so new ccw sp 600s

EdmundGTP
11-11-11, 01:21 PM
CadzillaTN is right on about that other dude. Luvmy04V is who inspired me to get mine coated the color I went with. His are very similar.

shadybx7
11-11-11, 02:49 PM
ooo i love brake dust

gsx-lex
11-13-11, 09:21 AM
I've heard horror stories about How powder coating compromises the strength of the wheel. Anyone have problems with their wheels after powder coating them?

EdmundGTP
11-13-11, 12:31 PM
If you read long enough you can find horror stories about damn near anything. There are a lot of factors that go into determining the structural integrity of wheels. The only failures of CTS-V wheels that I've seen have been due to violent impacts of curbs or potholes, which would really damage any wheel, and I believe there have been accounts of other people observing some stress fracturing in the wheels (after powder coating) and that was only after some SERIOUS track use/abuse.

And therein lies another factor. If you track your vehicle constantly, you are subjecting your rotors to HUGE temperature fluctuations, and it would be ignorant to assume that some of those fluctuations DONT transfer to the wheel itself. Failures of aluminum alloy wheels in racing/heavy tracking applications, are without a doubt contributed to by the repeated heating and cooling of the hub area of the wheel by glowing hot brake rotors. There is such a thing as thermal fatigue.

Additionally not all powder coating processes are equal, and one of the main variables in the process is the curing temperature. Powder coat CAN be cured at a temperature which is low enough to not affect the heat treatment of the aluminum alloy of the wheel. This is assuming that the wheels are heat treated to begin with. Any powder coat shop worth your time and money will take the material properties of the wheel into account when working on them. By design, the CTS-V wheel is a fairly strong wheel. though it'd be stronger if it were forged and not cast. And honestly, regardless of whether or not the powder coating process diminishes the strength of the wheel by a certain margin; if you abuse your wheels by hitting things and running over things you shouldn't, or regularly exercise the hell out of them on a track pushing your brake system to it's thermal limits, you should really EXPECT to see damage at some point.

All that said. Being a mechanical engineer and being very familiar with powdercoating and material types, I was perfectly unconcerned with having my wheels powdercoated, given that my singular use for them is as a weekend/daily driver that will most likely never wear the "golden brake calipers of track honor". And if I were to take it that route, I'd have dedicated track tires/wheels to do so, and they'd be of the forged persuasion.

atdeneve
11-13-11, 08:47 PM
If you read long enough you can find horror stories about damn near anything. There are a lot of factors that go into determining the structural integrity of wheels. The only failures of CTS-V wheels that I've seen have been due to violent impacts of curbs or potholes, which would really damage any wheel, and I believe there have been accounts of other people observing some stress fracturing in the wheels (after powder coating) and that was only after some SERIOUS track use/abuse.

And therein lies another factor. If you track your vehicle constantly, you are subjecting your rotors to HUGE temperature fluctuations, and it would be ignorant to assume that some of those fluctuations DONT transfer to the wheel itself. Failures of aluminum alloy wheels in racing/heavy tracking applications, are without a doubt contributed to by the repeated heating and cooling of the hub area of the wheel by glowing hot brake rotors. There is such a thing as thermal fatigue.

Additionally not all powder coating processes are equal, and one of the main variables in the process is the curing temperature. Powder coat CAN be cured at a temperature which is low enough to not affect the heat treatment of the aluminum alloy of the wheel. This is assuming that the wheels are heat treated to begin with. Any powder coat shop worth your time and money will take the material properties of the wheel into account when working on them. By design, the CTS-V wheel is a fairly strong wheel. though it'd be stronger if it were forged and not cast. And honestly, regardless of whether or not the powder coating process diminishes the strength of the wheel by a certain margin; if you abuse your wheels by hitting things and running over things you shouldn't, or regularly exercise the hell out of them on a track pushing your brake system to it's thermal limits, you should really EXPECT to see damage at some point.

All that said. Being a mechanical engineer and being very familiar with powdercoating and material types, I was perfectly unconcerned with having my wheels powdercoated, given that my singular use for them is as a weekend/daily driver that will most likely never wear the "golden brake calipers of track honor". And if I were to take it that route, I'd have dedicated track tires/wheels to do so, and they'd be of the forged persuasion.

I may be mistaken, but I was certain the stock wheels were forged, not cast.

CadzillaTN
11-14-11, 11:17 AM
Theres a a guy with his V for sale on the other forum, has some nice looking gunmetal/dark grey rims on it..

9t8z28
11-14-11, 11:35 AM
Here's mine. Not sure if you all consider this gunmetal.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V094.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V089.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V072.jpg

EdmundGTP
11-14-11, 12:20 PM
I may be mistaken, but I was certain the stock wheels were forged, not cast.

I could very well be wrong on that.. In fact, I'd prefer to be wrong on that. haha.

JimmyH
11-14-11, 08:29 PM
Here's mine. Not sure if you all consider this gunmetal.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V072.jpg

nice color :thumbsup:

mberisha
11-16-11, 05:42 PM
Here's mine. Not sure if you all consider this gunmetal.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V094.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V089.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/9t8z28/CTS-V072.jpg


Sharp! BTW...that second pic makes your V look wide like a 7-series for some reason...I like it!

2007ThunderV
11-16-11, 11:23 PM
yea like that looks real good on a silver v, i would want to go quiet a bit darker for mine,