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I am getting a new set of Spyderlock wheels in machined aluminum. Spyderlock has stated they don't offer the wheel in black on the 5x5.5 bolt pattern wheel. I would like to have the wheel portion black and keep the ring as machined aluminum. What would you guys suggest...paint, powder coat, or something else and why?

- If paint, do you have any idea of a specific product to use?

- If powder coat, what type of sheen?

- Any other product/finish you would recommend?

- On another note, would you just keep them as all machined aluminum on a billet silver '13 JKU.

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I’ve powdercoated rims in the past and they did not go well with the heat from the brakes. They pretty much lasted about a year and the sheen got dull and looked bad. I might the plastic skin spray and if you don’t like it you just peel it off.
 

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Cardinal BK59 - this is generally the same flat black with light texture powder most manufacturers use and applied correctly with the right zinc primer will last forever
 

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First off scroll to the bottom:
https://www.spyderlockwheel.com/sizes-specifications


Second, why is this tech?
I did see that and tried to order, but I am getting 5x5.5 bolt pattern.

I just figured on putting it here since it is part of building my rig which I thought would fall under modified JK tech. If it needs to go somewhere else, please let me know and the mods can move it.
 

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First post BTW. Have a TJ Rubicon that I will be selling soon and have made final arrangements to buy a used JKUR that needs a little TLC.

On the wheel painting. Over the years I have painted my wheel many times. Best time to paint is with the tires off but that can make lots of extra work. It can be done with tires on but best to paint with old tires on just before getting new ones. That is what I will be doing soon.

Check out utube, lots of wheel painting videos.

I have found Rustoleum semi gloss works well. Process is clean wheels, lightly sand, if chipped you can use filler stuff, scuffs can be sanded out, if replacing old tires don't even need to use tape and paper.
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Wheels just came in to the shop. Any last thoughts on powder coating them semi-gloss black with leaving the rings as machined aluminum or just leaving them as factory machined aluminum finish?

My rig is a '13 JKU in billet silver color.
 

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Wheels just came in to the shop. Any last thoughts on powder coating them semi-gloss black with leaving the rings as machined aluminum or just leaving them as factory machined aluminum finish?

My rig is a '13 JKU in billet silver color.
Hey MAG00, we just did powder coating on the wife's new wheels. I used a matte finish on them but there's still quite a bit of sheen.

 

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Hey MAG00, we just did powder coating on the wife's new wheels. I used a matte finish on them but there's still quite a bit of sheen.

Thanks for the pic and input.
 
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Bump...trying to decide on keeping them as is or*powder coating the wheel semi-gloss black with leaving the rings as machined aluminum.* Any last thoughts?

Wheels just came in to the shop. Any last thoughts on powder coating them semi-gloss black with leaving the rings as machined aluminum or just leaving them as factory machined aluminum finish?

My rig is a '13 JKU in billet silver color.
 

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I worked for a powder coating Mfg for about 10 years.
We did a lot of testing (and back door items ;) intakes, Harley frames, wheels, brackets)

As long as the part is properly prepped, there shouldn't be an issue. We liked to pre-heat items to get a good coat and helps with some of those hard to reach spots too.
Cast aluminum is bad for out-gassing.

Also, be sure to use the proper coating for the part, just as you would for paint.
 
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