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webwrangler

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Posted: 01/09/20 08:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I want to take all my 2004 TT's wheels off this winter and have them sandblasted and powder coated. The rust is getting pretty bad, and I'm too lazy to clean and paint them myself.

The local Les Schwab store will do them for $35 a wheel. I called a couple of dedicated shops, and they quoted me $55-$65 a wheel.

I'm guessing that the dedicated shops will do a more thorough job, but I wonder if I really need to spend that much more. It's just a trailer, after all. I could buy new wheels for $55-$65 a wheel.

Anybody been down this path?


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Schwabs does powder coating?
$35 sounds like a good deal if that's what you want to do.


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webwrangler wrote:

I want to take all my 2004 TT's wheels off this winter and have them sandblasted and powder coated. The rust is getting pretty bad, and I'm too lazy to clean and paint them myself.

The local Les Schwab store will do them for $35 a wheel. I called a couple of dedicated shops, and they quoted me $55-$65 a wheel.

I'm guessing that the dedicated shops will do a more thorough job, but I wonder if I really need to spend that much more. It's just a trailer, after all. I could buy new wheels for $55-$65 a wheel.

Anybody been down this path?
Not sure it is cost effective.
My Discount will mount and ballance for free, if I buy the rims from them. They also have the best pricing I have found.



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I’d just buy new wheels. Removing rust properly is not cheap, neither is powder done properly.

Doing a half baked job will just hide the rust. Temporarily.


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Les Schwab powdercoat is probably the same quality as a Les Schwab paint job, I would think. Were it me I'd just spring for new wheels.


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Are we talkin Schwabs or Earl Scheibs?

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Les Schwab does it and they do a good job (I was shocked to find this out too, Grit). I sent my vintage cars steel wheels to them and had them done. They media blast the entire thing and have a choice of many colors.

These 50+ y/o wheels were extremely rusty and having trouble holding air. After powder coating, they look and work like new.
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My TT wheels are so fugly that I'm considering having them done as well.


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Lived in Les Schwab territory for 40+ years and never knew they did that - nice to know.


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I hear you on the lazy to clean scrape and paint route. But I'll give you my ultimate lazy mans way to deal with this.
Below are my wheels from September 2018. I had been meaning to get on top of it for years.
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And below are the wheels today.
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It sounds dumb, and really redneck, but it works. Right after I took the rusty wheels picture I went to Walmart and bought a spray can of flat black Rustoleum paint. I unbolted the wheels and laid them on the grass (front lawn to be exact). I took my hand held (not powered) wire brush and quickly knocked off any huge rust flakes. I seriously spent no more than 10 seconds per wheel. Then I sprayed them with the flat black paint. I painted right over the rust, the dirt, and everything. No masking no additional prep, just spray the wheel. I even ignored any overspray onto the tires, it won't show up anyway.

I took the picture of the black wheels just now, for this posting. You can see they are dirty, but even after a year of weather they look a heck of a lot better than they used to.

If you think about it you really don't have anything to lose. If you don't like the way they look you can still get them blasted and painted.

* This post was last edited 01/10/20 01:56pm by opnspaces *   View edit history


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You can get new tires and rims from eTrailer shipped without additonal charge at a reasonable price.


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