eZ_Harry

Can you change a bronze rim to silver?

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Hi,

 

I am looking at buying some rims but they come in this very light bronze colour, is there a process where you can get these changed to polished silver? If there is, how much would this likely cost?

 

Cheers!

 

Here are the rims - cb1d5d0deb.jpg

 

This is what I would like them to look like -

949racing_6UL_15x7_ET25d.jpg

not just silver, but polished

 

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Yeah. It's called paint.

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3 minutes ago, Leufkax said:

Yeah. It's called paint.

Obviously that is one way of doing it... I thought the finish might not be quite as good?

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Talk to a wheel shop. If you want them like that you need to re anodize them like factory.

otherwise powder coating silver will give a better finish than spayed paint.

light machining around the edges and polish to give them a shiny lip.

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Really depends on how much you are willing to pay. 

 

Easiest to take it to a powder coater and say you want super chrome with a crystal clear. 

 

If you want it done right, don't expect it to be cheap. 

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Remember that if they're a forged rim powder coating is maybe not good for them - or was that disproven? I can't remember.....

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22 minutes ago, boon said:

Remember that if they're a forged rim powder coating is maybe not good for them - or was that disproven? I can't remember.....

Depends on the temp and how they are cooled. But powder coating weakens or distorts most types of wheels to a point, how much depends on place coating them. there are a few forum topics of Ssr wheels being tested after cracking and they found the wheel was weaker than what it was originally and only change was powder coating.

 

Eitherway it costs more than most secondhand 15" wheels sell for.

Plus bronze wheels add JDM points and make everything faster. I have them, wanted silver but they grew on me. 

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5 hours ago, chulozumo said:

Really depends on how much you are willing to pay. 

 

Easiest to take it to a powder coater and say you want super chrome with a crystal clear. 

 

If you want it done right, don't expect it to be cheap. 

How much would you expect to pay for a job done well?

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26 minutes ago, eZ_Harry said:

How much would you expect to pay for a job done well?

 

I'd probably look for a different set or allow the bronze to grow on you as @Gripless did. Will cost more than what you pay for them and probably more than the wheel cost when they were purchased brand new... FYI, (through insurance) my 18s cost $250 a corner to repair curbing and respray at Arrow Wheels in Kelston.

 

Otherwise head to your local automotive store, grab a rattle can primer and silver, wet sand the bronze off and prep. Repeat until you master the can and get the finish you desire...

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saw something about removing Aluminium Anodising with Oven cleaner recently......

 

no idea if useful here

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