Originally Posted by nosympathy
I am leaning towards this heavily. I think the dark bronze and red is badass.
I used to work at a few powder coating shops. I've done it for a long time. Bronze looks killer on wheels, the darker the better too. There's a company called prismatic powders that make powders (go figure, right) they have some of the best metallic colors and probably 30-40 shades of bronze alone. Don't jump at what the shop has in stock, you never know how old the powder is and it does have a shelf life. Ask to look thru all their color books or even look on the vendors websites. You can even request color samples from the manufacturers of powders. Even if its a color they normally have, order your own 5-10lb box. That way, in the future if you ever want to do anything that color, you have it and its a perfect match. Remember, just like anything else, sometimes they stop making certain shades. So it's a great idea to do this. Also make sure they're stripping off all of the old coating, either chemically or with plastic media, then sand blasting with nothing harsher than 90 grit aluminum oxide, then they need to apply a new zinc based primer and then your color, stay away from clears also, they yellow over time. Most shops that have cheap prices and quick turnaround times never fully take off the old coating, they sand it down by hand, scuff it up with some scotch brite , clean it with lacquer thinner and shoot your color on top with the wheel preheated to ensure adhesion. This is the wrong way to do it. This causes over curing of the color underneath and the top coat over time will chip or flake off relatively easy. You should be able to curb your wheel so hard that it flat spots it and the powder forms with it, correctly done, it's one with the metal substrate it is on. But it's only as tuff as the metal it is on. If you have any questions PM me or keep it going in here. Same goes with everyone else when it comes to powder coating, I don't do it any more, but I know a lot about it. Good luck!