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Old 05-17-2006, 06:16 PM
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powder coating steel wheels

I want to get the steel wheels for my '53 Belair powder coated. My dad tells me that one of his racing budies says not to because you cant see cracks in the wheel. Anyone hear of this before? If so, are they talking about cracks in the wheel before they are coated or after? Last question- how about powder coating an oil pan- waste of time or worth the effort?

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Old 05-17-2006, 06:40 PM
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Sounds to me like a race rule deal..some racing groups have rules like that..

I would not have a problem with powder coating wheels as a lot of them come from the factory that way..

Powder coating the oil pan is fine as long as one does not powder coat the inside of the pan..

Talk to your powder coater guy on that..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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I work at a shop and we do wheels from time to time. Never had a problem with them cracking or people coming back with broken wheels etc. Ask the coater about "out gassing." Sometimes a problem we have with different wheels. Basically air escaping from the metal and forms little air bubbles in the powder as it cures. Also for the oil pan we do the whole thing inside and out. Not too sure what would be wrong with doing the inside as well. Maybe the powder can break down over time from the heat? If they have a high temp powder, then there shouldn't be any concerns.
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