I’m wondering if anyone here or someone you know has ever painted new wheels because they didn’t come in the colour you wanted? I am in this position as I consider upgrading the 18" wheels on the used 2017 CX-9 I just bought to 22" in the spring.
And yes, I’ve done tonnes of research and joined a Mazda forum to discuss this with others that did it and there’s no rubbing issues. And I’m aware about having less rubber when potentially hitting potholes.
Powder coating would be $500 CAD and I don’t want to spend that much because of the higher cost mainly. But if I DIY with the spray paint ($120 maybe), I can always change the colour if I feel like it the next season and not regret the cost. And if there’s paint chips from undoing the lugnuts when changing over to winters or just wear and tear, I feel like it’s easier to touch up a DIY job than doing that to a pro powder coating job. Meaning, I’ll get closer to the original DIY job than the pro job when doing the touch up.
So what I’m wondering about is if anyone here think it’s necessary to sand down new wheels to help the primer stick. Stripping the paint I wouldn’t imagine is necessary for new wheels. But making them rougher with sandpaper might be helpful? Then I can do the primer, graphite paint and clear (2k).
These are the wheels I am interested in. Fast Vybz. $307 CAD plus tax with free shipping. They only come in gloss black and satin bronze. My car is dark bronze, so neither goes with it. So I’d want to spray paint a graphite colour. I’ve done a photoshop of what it might look like if I took those wheels and painted them graphite and stuck them on my car. For comparison, there’s also a pic of my car untouched, which was the dealer’s photo.
I wouldn’t be ordering these wheels till the spring. I’ve already messaged Fast asking if they had future plans for this colour but they said not in the foreseeable future. They said they will pass along that suggestion to the product development team though so I can only wish it happens.