A New Year, a New Wheel Color
How can the color of wheels and brakes be changed? It is called color-coating because it is a coating and not “painted” on. The first steps in the process is to prepare the metal to be coated – this requires a removal of any prior coating or surface application to strip the wheel down to the organic metal. This is typically done via acid “bath”. The next step is often times a primer to be applied to the wheel so it will accept the color-coating. Then the color is applied with a spray gun designed specifically for metal coating. The gun-spray coating and the prepped wheel surface have opposite electrical charges which attract to each other making for a smooth and even application.
Next the wheel or brake is baked in a large oven at about 400F. The heat cures the paint coating hardening it. The result is a durable and solid color-coated wheel ready to be that unique accessory on an automobile. To view this process in action, check out a video created by Engineering Explained. Aaron Gallinger, the owner of Phoenix Rim Repair is featured.
We’re proud of a unique color we just completed for a happy client here at Express Color Coating and Phoenix Rim Repair. This color is a rare and unique look called spectrum silver. Check it out, it really turns heads.