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Question Powder-coat or Chrome wheels on my bike?

Powder-coat or Chrome wheels on my bike? Looking for a durable finish, also looking for quality work. Have a Capri blue K1200RS and have been thinking about this for a while.
Chrome what are the drawbacks? Approx. cost?
Powder-coat same questions. What color? Navy blue? Black? White?
Any suggestions for local shops?

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Joel,

DPSCOTT chromed his wheels on his Black K1200RS. Not sure the cost, but I know he's not into spending lots of money frivolously. It looks awesome. Powdercoating offers many more choices of colors.

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Bill @ Canton Cycles in CT chromed his K1200R wheels look amazing, he had a shop in CA take care of them drop him a line he can help you.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Have heard some suggest that cost for Chrome is around $500 for 2 wheels, and powder-coat is around $300.

Had seen someone who did their Capri blue RS in white powder-coat, and am leaning towards blue outer rim with either white or black spokes. From what I have heard so far, cost for one color is under $300 for both wheels. What would you think for 2 color? or am I nutz for considering 2 color wheels?
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I would assume that a two-color powdercoat would be a two step process? Maybe making it more expensive??? Worth looking into for what you are wanting to do. Sounds kinda cool.

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I'm intrigued by this thread as I have been considering some type of custom look to my GT. What type of shop do you go to for powder coating wheels?


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After checking PowderCoating websites (scroll down for listing by state), found a local business that can do my wheels in white. Two-tone powdercoating is not practicle and difficult to get precise masking where color changes, so will go solid white and add pinstripes after.

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now you have to also remember if the powder coating chips off ther is no way to repair it unless you get the wheel re-powder coated. we use to do a lot of powder coating, we had a company do it for us, and we stopped it because if it would chip, we would have to take back to them and redo it, or put some type of paint on the chipped area that blends in with it.
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now you have to also remember if the powder coating chips off ther is no way to repair it unless you get the wheel re-powder coated. we use to do a lot of powder coating, we had a company do it for us, and we stopped it because if it would chip, we would have to take back to them and redo it, or put some type of paint on the chipped area that blends in with it.

But isn't powder coating supposed to be a more durable surface than standard wet painting?


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Update on Powdercoated wheels (winter mods)

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HID installed (sorry no pictures at this time)
CP Quick disconnects for fuel line insstalled (no pictures at this time)
Hyperpro steering damper installed (picture attached, showing Hyperpro, Ohlin shock, Piaa lights, Fiam horns)
Pyramid carbon fiber rear hugger (no picture at this time)
Wheels are off and being prepared for powdercoating (no pictures at this time)
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