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Old 07-12-2012, 05:33 PM   #31
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My friend was just quoted $50 a wheel (removed) to powder coat to black. She can pay someone $12 a wheel here to re-mount and balance. And that's in L.A. I can't believe the prices people are being quoted elsewhere! For $125 a wheel- buy brand new ones!
Good powder-coating is worth it. We recently had suspension brackets powder coated. My husband had a really hard time with one bracket going on. After an hour or so of gentle persuasion- he gave up and wacked it with a hammer. Multiple times. Since he was 10 hours in on my lift I didn't argue- though I couldn't watch.
The powder coat didn't chip one iota. And its bright red so you'd definitely notice.

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Old 07-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #32
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I think all applications have their place.

Plasti-Dip's benefits are the ease of application and repair. But your options of color (black/red/white) and finish (flat) are limited. Long-term reliability is yet to be tested (more than 1 year).

Bed liner adds some permanence, and ease of repair, but you are limited to the black, textured finish.

Paint adds durability (over PD), longevity, color choice, and finish options (flat, satin, gloss) but ups the ante on prep work. However it is still doable by anyone without the need for special equipment. I bet you could get as good a finish as the factory with good prep and materials. And you can paint without removing your tires if you like. If you need a repair, some sandpaper and another can of paint and clear (if you cleared) can have you back in shape with relative ease.

Powder coat is the king of the mountain here as far as durability, and you have the same options for color and finish as paint, but the costs go up across the board. As outlined above, the initial prep is intense, you need special equipment, and if you do need a repair, it can be double the cost. Add in the costs and time of removing the tires and powder coating can become less attractive (to some).



Personally, I like the paint option, but have nothing against any of the choices we have at our disposal.

It really does depend on what you're looking for and what you like.
I don't know why I keep representing plastidip in this thread, but I wanted to point out that you forgot its best advantage: It's entirely removable without any solvent, tools, or abrasives AND once removed, the surface underneath is exactly as it was before you applied the plastidip. (Huge advantage because there is no way to permanently mess anything up, which IMO is the biggest obstacle with DIY paint/bedliner application)

Also, plastidip is available in more colors than you mentioned, and more textures too.

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I don't know why I keep representing plastidip in this thread, but I wanted to point out that you forgot its best advantage: It's entirely removable without any solvent, tools, or abrasives AND once removed, the surface underneath is exactly as it was before you applied the plastidip. (Huge advantage because there is no way to permanently mess anything up, which IMO is the biggest obstacle with DIY paint/bedliner application)

Also, plastidip is available in more colors than you mentioned, and more textures too.
Good point, that is a huge benefit.

Like I said, any of the chosen finishes have their place depending on what one is looking to accomplish.

I like them all.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:42 AM   #34
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I paid 25 bucks to remove tires, 37.50 for black powder coating, and 125 to remount. I feel like I took it on the remounting. I do like the look, and have held up well, so far!
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I paid 25 bucks to remove tires, 37.50 for black powder coating, and 125 to remount. I feel like I took it on the remounting. I do like the look, and have held up well, so far!
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