Powder-coating 19" wheels

Powder-coating 19" wheels

Anybody had their 19" wheels powder-coated a different color? Would like to see some pics of gray or black factory 19's on a MS.

thranx | September 11, 2013

Same here. Or alternatively, if they had them dipped. I'm considering one or the other. Anyone who has had this done, could you please also quote the cost?

mem3184 | September 11, 2013

Taking delivery Saturday and also interested in same. Was quoted $832 for powder coating or chrome plating in SoCal.

nickjhowe | September 11, 2013

Check out the 'Customizing' section of the Model S delivery checklist and owners guide @Steinwand powder coated his 19s.

DeDe | September 11, 2013

I'm taking factory delivery of my Pearl White MS on Friday and plan to bring it back to the factory next week to have my 19" cyclone wheels "painted" grey...The factory service center has a guy who comes in to do the wheels, which takes a day...They will provide me with a loaner while the process is being done...I think they quoted me around $1000...Will post pics next week...

michael1800 | September 11, 2013

I've dipped mine. It cost 2 cans and took a few hours (most is just waiting between coats). However, I dipped them to confirm looks before getting them power coated :) I'm going to wait for the Aero wheels to be an item in the Tesla store before I get them powder coated...which means my current wheels will remained dipped. If you've got questions, ask away. The most common ones are (for dipped) are: how well does it last, how long does it last and are they a pain to wash. To that: If you don't curb rash them or scrape them with a course brush, I've had no problems with durability and hose-spraying. I've heard it lasts as long as you want it to , provided the preceding conditions don't occur. Finally, they're easy to wash, if you use a super-soft brush/rag and opti-clean.

Gizmotoy | September 11, 2013

If you do get them powder coated, make sure you go to someone who has a pristine reputation. If the wheels get just a little too hot, it can destroy the integrity of the wheels and lead to a spectacular failure.

I was at a track day last year when a guy's powdercoated wheel failed, spinning him off the track. One of the spokes tore clean through and a few others cracked while accelerating out of a turn and deformed the wheel into a slight oval. Bad news. Be careful!

Painting is safer, but less durable.

thranx | September 12, 2013

Sounds like dipping is both cheaper and safer. Plus, if you don't like the result after awhile, it's easy enough to go back to the original look.

NomoDinos | September 12, 2013

Gizmotoy - yikes, thanks for the heads-up. I was planning on having the aeros on my (not yet delivered) blue MS powdercoated black, this makes me think twice about who I use.

DeDe | October 14, 2013

Here are pix of my cyclone wheels painted grey...Cost was $1198.75...The work was done by third party through Tesla and has a lifetime warranty...

DeDe | October 14, 2013
DeDe | October 14, 2013