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A while back, I parked a little too close to a curb and very slightly scratched my front wheel. The sctratches are minimal, but I want to have the scratches removed and then repaint the wheel.

I found a company in Cleveland that specializes in repairing aluminum wheels and they feel confident that the wheel can be repaired and the color matched (using the GM code number) without any trouble. I have my doubts.

This company told me that they will strip the coating off, sand the light scratches out and apply powder coating that will be matched to the light gray metalic.

My concern is that the wheel was probably spray coated originally and the coating may be somewhat transparent. I don't know if a powder coating will have the same effect???

I don't want to have this wheel re-painted if the color match will not be perfectly matched to the original color. Before I go forward, I thought someone might have some insight to avoid me making a serious mistake!

Mark
 

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Hi Mark,
Check with your local dealer, as that is where you can obtain the paint code for your wheels.
Best to ya, c4c5
 

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I believe the Z06 wheels have a GM color called Light Grey Metallic. If you have an auto paint supply house close by, I think the universal or "WA" paint code is PB9789.
You might ask a paint shop that specializes in autobody supply to mix you a little PB9789 and test it for a match. I think automotive paint supply houses are going to insist on mixing nothing smaller than a pint.
You might compare cost effectiveness and availability of a touchup tube from a GM dealer of Light Grey Metallic.
 

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Most good wheel refurbishers use automotive basecoat paint matched to your wheel color by way of the "WA" number. They are then powdercoat cleared. The company I work for sells refurbished wheels that look beter than new and have a lifetime warranty.
 

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Just picked up a touch up paint at Wal-Mart today - Duplicolor GM 435. This is the one you need. :cheers:
 

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I had a local wheel repair company repair a couple of wheels for fellow members here in NJ. They were painted, color, then clear, and matched pretty near perfect.
I doubt the same could be done with powdercoating without a lot of trial and error. Powdercoating starts out one color when sprayed on and then turns the true color when baked.
Color charts would get it close but the colors always look a little different depending on how the heat reacts to the metal in the oven, ie: the Z06 rim.

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FiveOJoe said:
I had a local wheel repair company repair a couple of wheel for fellow members here in NJ. They were painted, color, then clear, and matched pretty near perfect.
I doubt the same could be done with powdercoating without a lot of trial and error. Powdercoating starts out one color when sprayed on and then turns the true color when baked.
Color charts would get it close but the colors always look a little different depending on how the heat reacts to the metal in the oven, ie: the Z06 rim.

Joe
I saw one of the repaired wheels, it look brand new. I concur with Joe's statement.
 
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