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Offline kitemare

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wheel restoration
« on: March 27, 2007, 08:01:08 PM »
It looks like my car is going in for paint next month & I want to have the wheels refinished as well. I've found a local company that can do this work here in Seattle but they want me to have the wheels powder coated to a color that is close to the stock gold rather than painting them to the original color specification. My question to you all is that is powder coating a far more durable finish to paint that it's worth not getting the color exactly right? or, are you better off just painting them to the color specification?

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007, 08:06:37 PM »
It depends on whether or not you want to keep it totally original. 
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007, 08:47:14 PM »
The powdercoating is more durable than the paint and should last longer.  The only problem I see with powdercoating is that yes the color is a little off, but they can get it close.  The second problem I have with powder ocating is that it is like ceramic.... if you knock it or ding it, it will chip like a China plate.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007, 02:36:05 PM »
Thanks for the advice. Hitman, do you know what is the correct paint & color for the gold snowflake wheels. I think I'm leaning that way. I'll probably have the wheel restoration company strip & repair the dings in the rims & then have my painter paint them if he still insists on powder coating.

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007, 05:05:59 PM »
The PPG color code is 82352.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007, 06:48:42 PM »
Thanks Hitman, here's a couple of pictures of my project (if I can figure out how to post them). I also need the front air dam & side spoilers. Do you have a good source for those?

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2007, 10:58:53 PM »
Yes, for the spoilers buy the GM ones, not the Danko Reproduction ones.  I took photos earlier today, but have not posted them yet.  There is a big difference between the two.  Once I get the photos uploaded, I will post them here.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2007, 09:50:41 AM »
Perfect, thanks. You & this web site have been a big help!

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007, 10:31:41 AM »
How about a link to where one might buy the GM flares and spoilers Hitman.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2007, 04:10:49 PM »
Hello all!

I'm Joe, I hail from Sweden and I'm new 'round these here parts. I'm also right in the middle of trying to choose spoilers for my '73 (and a Hood bird and moldings  from Hitman as soon as he has time to answer my pestering questions  ;) ).

I got a tip from a Swedish acquaintance that the pricier spoilers that Classic Industries carries are good... they supposedly have the welting, attached bracket for mounting and fit right away, without modification. After speaking to CI on the phone, I'm kinda convinced they're the way to go. They also have cheaper variants but they apparently don't attach like the originals...

But I'm all ears for info on a good spoiler package.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2007, 06:01:27 PM »
Here are the photos of the GM reproduction ones that are $89-$90 each.
Notice the nice fit with no modifications:


Now, here is the Danko Reproduction ones that are $75 each (with inner bracket)
Notice the poor fit and need to modify the spoilers:


So, which would you rather have and spend the money on?
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2007, 08:52:04 PM »
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2007, 09:47:28 PM »
Hey Brett, you didn't post where to get them.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2007, 11:06:00 PM »
You can get them from Classic Industries, Performance Years, The Parts Place, Ames Performance, Year One, National Parts Depot.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2007, 11:10:50 PM »
Thanks Hitman, I bought some & they don't fit very well I'll try to get some GM reproductions.

KM