what is better - i am looking at refinishing my rims this weekend and wanted to know which method is better. thanks.
The "original" Turbina paint, in a word, sucks. It's about as thin as whitewash, green-tinted from the also-thin primer, and with a dull sheen. The spare in my '74 has never been on the ground (even still has its original Michelin XAS tire with undamaged rubber nubbies), so I'm using that as an authentic sample.
Its called 'polishing' or 'chroming' and we have all been waiting for somone like yourself, to step up to the plate and take on the challenge of "mirror finishing" these babies!
Seems high... I had a set of BBS RS wheels (three piece) quoted for that much but that included breaking them down, 30 screws each, refinishing the barrels, mesh, and center caps, machine line the lips, mil the back plane to change the offset from et29 to et33 and reassemble.going to have 4 rims repaired and powdercoated for $700.
the rims were not even in that bad shape. i agree it is high. i might have been able to get it for 600 from another place but this shop is fairly convenient to manhattan.Seems high... I had a set of BBS RS wheels (three piece) quoted for that much but that included breaking them down, 30 screws each, refinishing the barrels, mesh, and center caps, machine line the lips, mil the back plane to change the offset from et29 to et33 and reassemble.
I'm just saying this as a point of comparison, I don't know what condition your rims are in.
Did the shop break out where that $700 is going in the refurb process? What "repair" work are they doing as they prep the wheels to be coated? Does that cost include them dismounting, remounting and balancing tires? I'm assuming these are 15 inch wheels with "mild curb rash"? Or is there greater damage? I ask because that price seems excessive. Myself and a friend operate a small powder coating business and the going rate is about $90 per wheel. Even with correcting mild rashes, getting to $175 per wheel is a bit much. We've done 22.5 inch truck wheels in two tone with clear coats for less than that. Needless to say, I recommend powder coating over painting, especially for wheels because they take a lot of road debris abuse. With a powdered clear coat over the wheels, you'll get a fantastic shiny finish. Some samples of our work: goosecreekfinishing