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I'm tired of washing brake residues inside the rims. I spray them with mag cleaner but I still have go in there to clean them like a toilet bowl !

I just bought a set of used OEM chrome mag to replace the aluminum brushed (for sale), I'm wondering if it will be a good idea to have inside the rim coated in gray or blackbefore I get my tires installed. Another reason is the balancing weight was removed by some: !"/$%? who used a screwdriver and left a bunch of scratches.

Someone has powder coated their mags?
 

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I had my OE rims (originally polished aluminum) powder coated black about 6 months ago. The brake dust basically turns the gloss black to matte black, which still looks pretty good. I am also running hawk HPS pads, which reduced brake dust considerably. As a bonus, the black also makes the red calipers stand out better.

I'm not sure if the baking process would mess up the chrome or not, but you should make sure you find a reputable coater to discuss your plan.
 

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If it's good chrome and not peeling it can be sanded and powdercoated. Ideally you want to cabinet blast the chrome, but I would just sand it down on the inside barrel and tape off the front and powder it rather than take the chance of screwing up the face. Baking does not affect the untouched chrome unless it's junk chrome to begin with. I would pre-warm the wheel before coating it and cure it at min temp and time just to make sure, ie 10-12 mins @375 should be cured enough for the inside of a wheel.
 

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I think that paint will be the best way to go. Anyone has black inside barel pic ? Not sure if they will be nicer black or silver but black will look cleaner for sure.
 

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I would let no one, repeat NO ONE heat my wheels as they may not know anything about structural integrity regarding the wheels...
 

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I would let no one, repeat NO ONE heat my wheels as they may not know anything about structural integrity regarding the wheels...

The place I went are spesialist on rebuildind damaged mag and they also work for insurance compagnie. Not sure at what temperature they heat them but their work is waranty for 1 year and I have never heard that someone had problem with powder coat.

All I can say, they did a nice job and I like the result !

Many OEM wheel are powder coat.
 

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The place I went are spesialist on rebuildind damaged mag and they also work for insurance compagnie. Not sure at what temperature they heat them but their work is waranty for 1 year and I have never heard that someone had problem with powder coat.

All I can say, they did a nice job and I like the result !

Many OEM wheel are powder coat.
"Mag" or magnesium wheels are not legal for use on America's highways. Yes, I realize your canuck so that regulation my not apply to you.

Here's the problem with "specialists" powdercoating wheels~

People that powdercoat everything/anything may heat the wheel to the point of annealing it. This softens the wheel and makes it prone to failure at a lower threshold of stress. They, in effect, may remove the temper of the wheel.

Luckily for them, there are NO REGULATIONS for wheel testing or strength (or anything else) in America. That means anyone can start making wheels and selling them. Anyone (including you or me.) It's pretty hard to believe that in this day and age, that there is anything that is not controlled by some form of Gov't, but, there it is. Maybe I should start a wheel company as I'd LOVE to have a business where the Gov't isn't in all of my pockets. (Maybe I should seriously look at this....)

I've already had a business that the gov't was severely "burdensom..."

Anyway, back to the wheels~

The only "quality" testing is done by the E. U. (TUV)

If it passes that testing, then you've got a decent wheel. Otherwise, you're just guessing at the quality.

Don't get me wrong, I like powdercoating, but temperature regulation is CRITICAL for wheels.
Check with Speedline or Alcoa or others and see what they say about powdercoating their wheels...
 
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