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Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

Which is the better option, Powdercoating or Anodizing? A friend just picked up some wheels for his Ram and wants to get them anodized. I told him PC would be a better option. Just wondering what others thoughts are.

Cost?
Durability?
Surface Prep?


I've seen some anodized beadlock rings that were black, and looked like some type of chemical had been spilled on them. Is something like "Simple Green" going to be too harsh on the anodizing?


Which is the easier process?


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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

Powder coating would definitely be more durable.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

I'll second Sammy's vote for PC. Might be more expensive, but in the long run with fewer regrets later, definitely powdercoating.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

If the wheels are steel, powdercoat.
If they are aluminum, anodize.
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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

What would be a good price/wheel???

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I had some steel wheels PC'd years ago, at $25.00 per.
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Powder coat them. Anodizing doesnt hold up well to heat. It begins to fade and look like a**
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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

First off, you cannot anodize steel, only aluminum. Anodizing is actually a form of corrosion that adds a hardness to the surface of most aluminum alloys, 6601 T6 being the alloy most familiar. A hard anodize finish is vastly superior to any powder coat (paint) for many reasons. It truly resists scratching, will never peel off, is color fast, and is very corrosion resistant. Note that there are soft anodize finishes (look kind of shiny, and shallow) that are crap, always ask for a hard anodized finish (duller and deeper color). Hard anodize is only available in deep silver and black or slightly bronze color. The dip in electrically charged sulfuric acid (must use titanum racks to caddy the aluminum in this acid) should be one hour long, and the finished product must be properly sealed afterwards by quenching (I'm not too sure about this process, but I do know that it is very important). In the marine industry, we swear by hard black anodize on all aluminum product. Powder coat is a distant second, or third behind LPU.
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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

Excellent input G Hansen. Just for clarification, slight typo there 6061T6 is the correct name of the aluminum alloyI think you meant. I'd definetely do hard anodized on aluminum. PC hasn't impressed me its adhesion ability. Could be lack of proper prep It is very chemically resistant though.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

Hmmm interesting. Most anodizing I've had experience with is on small parts, paintball products, etc. And it scratches through to the raw alluminum very easily. (think of the anodized Mag Lights) But perhaps I'm thinking of "soft" finishes. Good to know Hansen.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

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Hmmm interesting. Most anodizing I've had experience with is on small parts, paintball products, etc. And it scratches through to the raw alluminum very easily. (think of the anodized Mag Lights) But perhaps I'm thinking of "soft" finishes. Good to know Hansen.

Yeah, this is exactly what I was thinking of. I have an anodized keychain from Lonestar Racing (performance quad parts-axles,arms,frames,etc.) and it was black all of the anodizing has since worn off.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

lots of aircraft parts are adonized....

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

so what is the cost difference?

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

I was quoted $160.00 per wheel for anodized black from two separate shops in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale which included remount and balance of all tires excluding the spare.
FYI: In the construction industry the hard anodized finish is used or high traffic items such as aluminum railing and handrails. It is more durable compared to similar powdercoated railings and handrails.
There are two locations in the state Florida that my subs get their product anodized and it is significantly higher cost than powdercoated for this reason.

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Re: Powdercoating vs. Anodizing Wheels

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I was quoted $160.00 per wheel for anodized black from two separate shops in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale which included remount and balance of all tires excluding the spare.
FYI: In the construction industry the hard anodized finish is used or high traffic items such as aluminum railing and handrails. It is more durable compared to similar powdercoated railings and handrails.
There are two locations in the state Florida that my subs get their product anodized and it is significantly higher cost than powdercoated for this reason.
if you get this done i would love to see pics. also, wouldnt pc be thicker and therefore cause some problems w/ remounting the tpms valve stem? can you tell im trying to justify the anodized...

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