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Paint vs powder Beadlocks

I have received all of my trail ready beadlocks. Went with the 17's and rock rings. I want to color match the jeep (anvil) the wheels and have black rock rings.

I'd like to see opinions on whether to paint or powder each piece. Below is what I've heard..

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Powder- will last longer, takes abuse better
Paint - will match better, easy touchup

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Powder - will take more abuse but hard to touch up
Paint - will chip easier but easier to touch up

My thought was that I'd have the wheel painted since the rock ring will protect a lot of it. It'll match better to the jeep. I've read in multiple places to paint the rock ring so that the powder doesn't get in the way of the "lock" and easily touched up.

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Paint the rock rings much less headache in the end. Powder coat will not stand up to the rocks no matter what.
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Mine are shipping as we speak.

I am tempted to paint the rings and powder the wheels, but my powder coat guy claims I can touch up the powder coated rings with paint or a paint pen easily. Thoughts anyone?
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Paint the rock rings much less headache in the end. Powder coat will not stand up to the rocks no matter what.
That's what I've read! Thanks for confirming paint is the way to go.

How about the wheel? I'm thinking the ring is so large the wheel would be fine from major hits. Maybe sticks but I know they'll get beaten up a little.

Paint or powder...$350 so its not that big of a deal in the overall picture of tons cost

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That's what I've read! Thanks for confirming paint is the way to go.

How about the wheel? I'm thinking the ring is so large the wheel would be fine from major hits. Maybe sticks but I know they'll get beaten up a little.

Paint or powder...$350 so its not that big of a deal in the overall picture of tons cost
With those rock rings in place, I've never seen the inner wheel take too much of a beating...I think you're safe with either there.

Anyone try to touch up powder coated rings?
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Mine are shipping as we speak.

I am tempted to paint the rings and powder the wheels, but my powder coat guy claims I can touch up the powder coated rings with paint or a paint pen easily. Thoughts anyone?
I think it all depends on the color. I have semi gloss black powder on my bumpers and rails and it's easy to touchup. The powder coater was able to give my powder in a spray can and it worked perfectly.

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Paint vs powder Beadlocks

You can paint or powder your wheel. Doesn't really matter and the beadlock ring will pretty much protect the wheel.

Are your rings aluminum or steel?

If steel, paint them. Easier to touch up.

If aluminum, why paint or powered coat at all. if you wheel they are just going to get scratched up. Leave them Aluminum. If you have to have them a color, I would paint them.
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Paint vs powder Beadlocks

I painted my rings. Small and easy to do with a rattle can. I think I used Rustoleum Enamel.

I would powder the wheels. Let them handle it. More nooks and crannies to get total coverage (front, back, in the lug holes, etc). Not sure if you were planning on painting them yourself or having a shop paint them. If you're paying to get the wheels done, i would still say powder over paint for wheels.


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Just got word they are ready for pick up.

Painted the inner and the ring. Painted ring for touch up ease.

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I painted my tj rims black with rattle can wheel paint. Yes they can get scratched but its amazed me they've held up as well as they did. Most of the damage is from me knocking ice out of them in the winter. When I painted them I did three coats of black and two coats of clear. I don't think theres a single scratch that has gone all the way through the clear.
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Powder coat rims and clear coat or rattle can rings .


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Anyone ever thought of using DuraCoat for the rings?

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Would be expensive to dura coat


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