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At first glance, can you tell if this wheel is powder coated or plasti dipped? It's plasti dipped. Plasti dipping is very popular right now. It's easy, it's cheap, and it can be done fast in your own driveway (if you're not to scared to try it). You just go to the local Home Depot, buy a can and spray away. Come back in about 4 hours, and you're done. Blacked out wheels done easy.
Another option however is powder coating. Not as cheap, not as fast, not as easy to do. So why would anyone choose to powder coat instead of plasti dip then? Simple...two main reasons. Durability and Longevity! If you're looking to make a perminate change, powder coating is the way to go. A little patience and a couple more bucks and you'll have a product that you are happy for the life of your wheels.
The big difference is in the process. You spray plasti dip on, it dries, and you end up with a thicker, paint like finish that will scratch and chip off fairly easily. Powder coating is a baking system where you take the non-liquid process and through heat treatment create a thick tough coating that doesn't easily scratch or chip.
So, plasti dipping can be tempting. It's cheap and an option for something short term, but don't expect a long lasting, low maintenance product out of it. Powder coating is a longer term solution that does cost more and needs to be done by a professional, but a way better way to go.
That all being said... Nothing wrong with trying things out the cheap way to see if you like it. No perminate change and it doesn't break the bank.
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