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    Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    The new 2014 Vette wheels can be had in black/ clear coat paint. It is strictly car paint and not any type of fortified clearcoat or basecoat. Hence after a few months, they can get pitted and chipped. I`m interested in any ways that I could recommend to other owners to protect these wheels, a film seems to be out of the question due to the contours, the only thing I can think of is something like Dupont Imron which is a tough paint, or powder coating. I`d be interested in any prevention/cure that you experts can come up with...

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Powdercoat would be your best bet IMO. I considered the black wheels when I ordered but ended up going chrome as I felt that they would hold up better with some care. Any custom paint shops in your area? They might have to scoop on the more durable paints.

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Good call rotten .

    Also can use FK1000P , it s what I use on my ride , my mother s new 2014 CTS & brther s 10 CTS also , great job on my end . easy to maintain & wash .

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    good info from a friend at the vette site...sounds like an option I`d explore - didn`t know you can now get clear powdercoat..

    Actually they now have clear powder coat. My wheels have 3 layers, powder coat black, silver paint then powder coat clear.

    you could easily do a carbon flash base with a powder clear. Call TPJ, TPJ, they can fill you in on what`s possible
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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Glen, I have never experienced the chipping/pitting you say that you`re getting. What kind of roads are you driving on? This is the first I`ve heard of this happening.

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    I would say that Opticoat 2.0 or the newer version would serve you well. I know everything shows on Black, but I have it on stock Subaru Rims and Smoke Acura Sport rims and it holds up great.

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by JSFM35X View Post
    I would say that Opticoat 2.0 or the newer version would serve you well..
    Same thought here; IMO the solution for most any wheel is using a coating. I do use regular LSPs like FK1000P one some too, but that won`t offer any real protection like what`s being discussed here.

    But I too wonder about that "chips and pits" concern, I`ve had painted wheels on plenty of cars without experiencing that sort of problem. But if the finish is that fragile, I wouldn`t look forward to getting new tires mounted on `em!

    Overall, this sounds like something that oughta be avoided when spec-ing out a new Vette; get wheels with a more practical finish instead. Refinishing nearly-new wheels?!? I wouldn`t want to open that can of worms.

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Soft paint on the black `vette wheels is a known issue on the Corvette forums. I have had numerous cars with painted wheels and never had such a problem even over 90,000 miles.

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    Re: Protecting 14 Vette black wheels-advice?

    Not sure, but I think he has been through a couple of sets of wheels since these.
    Formerly the "Best Detailer", now just Super Wax Waster Man. Not necessarily tactful, but normally right. It`s good to be da King !!!

 

 

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