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      05-31-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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Which is best for painting wheels: UV or InfraRed curing process or Powder Coating??

Hi, thinking about getting my 20" wheel colour painted black on M5. My dealer recommends a company that uses UV light for the drying process, but others are saying UV is the cheaper and quicker route...the results will not last more than 18 months - 2 years. Apparently infra red light is the way to go, takes longer but worth it...

Alternatively Powder Coating which is suppose to be better than both UV / Infra Red (wet paints)...?

Anyone know about this, had any experience or offer advice?

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Infra red drying is the older technology.
UV is the newer technology and is very quick drying, but not too many places make it yet.

Best is to look for a place that uses top name brand products.
Spies Hecker(Dupont), Standox (Dupont) and Glasurit (BASF) as OEM BMW paint suppliers.


What may be a little more resilient than the UV dried paint is the old solvent based paints ( as opposed to the new water based paint).
But I dont know if they may still sell it in Europe.
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Infra red drying is the older technology.
UV is the newer technology and is very quick drying, but not too many places make it yet.

Best is to look for a place that uses top name brand products.
Spies Hecker(Dupont), Standox (Dupont) and Glasurit (BASF) as OEM BMW paint suppliers.


What may be a little more resilient than the UV dried paint is the old solvent based paints ( as opposed to the new water based paint).
But I dont know if they may still sell it in Europe.

Thanks! I've also just been told to go for powder coating if possilbe as this is better than both UV / Infra Red curing which use wet paints as opposed to the 200 degree backing process for powder....?
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Powder coating is generally much stronger, but also usually more expensive.
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Powder coating absolutely for sure. Ask about the thickness and the material.
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Pay the extra money, and get them powder coated! Had my wheels done on the 3 a while back, the quality is amazing.
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Definitely powdercoat your wheels. The wheels take too much abuse in the form of debris and rocks to not go with the strongest form of painting.

And it's the most popular method of painting wheels for a factory look. Post pics after you're done
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Have you thought about going with gunmetal instead of black? You achieve the same visual effect but get to keep the styling impact of the wheel design.
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Do any of these methods have any impact on the warranty?
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Thanks for all your replies...Powder coating it is then. Thought about gun metal colour but with SG exterior thought it might clash...?

I thought about the warranty query too...trying to find a BMW dealer to do powder coat to avoid this but proving a bit illusive.

If anyone knows of a BMW dealership that would please share...

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Thanks! I've also just been told to go for powder coating if possilbe as this is better than both UV / Infra Red curing which use wet paints as opposed to the 200 degree backing process for powder....?
powdercoating is superior.
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Thanks for all your replies...Powder coating it is then. Thought about gun metal colour but with SG exterior thought it might clash...?

I thought about the warranty query too...trying to find a BMW dealer to do powder coat to avoid this but proving a bit illusive.

If anyone knows of a BMW dealership that would please share...

Gunmetal won't clash with Singapore grey at all. If anything, it might even match too much where the while car just becomes a blob of grey. But I think that combo will look excellent.
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I'd go for black. Mine is Frozen Gray and it is getting the wheels blacked out as we speak. I'm getting it back on Friday by the end of the day and I will post pictures of the car.
At first I just went for the front and side grills, but after looking at it with the blacked out parts it made no sense at all to have the wheels in factory color.
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Thanks for all your replies...Powder coating it is then. Thought about gun metal colour but with SG exterior thought it might clash...?

I thought about the warranty query too...trying to find a BMW dealer to do powder coat to avoid this but proving a bit illusive.

If anyone knows of a BMW dealership that would please share...

Gunmetal won't clash with Singapore grey at all. If anything, it might even match too much where the while car just becomes a blob of grey. But I think that combo will look excellent.
Yes I'm not sure I want a grey blob, may not clash but some contrast would be good to match black shadow line, grills and vents
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I'd go for black. Mine is Frozen Gray and it is getting the wheels blacked out as we speak. I'm getting it back on Friday by the end of the day and I will post pictures of the car.
At first I just went for the front and side grills, but after looking at it with the blacked out parts it made no sense at all to have the wheels in factory color.
I think you could be right there. Pls post some close up photos.
Are you going for matt, satin or gloss for the wheels and grills etc?
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