Originally Posted by NordicusMaximus
By all means, do NOT have your wheels painted. Get them powder coated instead. Paint would wear off of a wheel and chip and flake.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!
How do you think motorcycle wheels are supplied new from the factory? They're painted my friend. Treated well, the paint does not 'wear' off, it won't flake, and it is baked/cured in an oven.
Yes, powdercoating is baked on too (at a much higher temperature I'll add), and it is more durable than paint. I'll give you that. Questions have been raised about the powdercoat oven bake process stressing the wheels (annealing them). I don't know about that, but I know that painting them won't expose them to that risk (if there is one).
Powdercoating is not this imprevious, indestructable medium. It will chip just the same as paint will. Treat it harshly and it will scratch just like paint. Use the wrong polish and you will marr it, and degreaser attacks powdercoat if not washed off right away (unlike paint).
I'm not attacking powdercoating....I have my car and bike wheels powdercoated, as well as a lot of other parts on my bike, so I do personally believe in the process. I'm also a part-time spray painter so I paint wheels too. They're both good options to color a wheel. Yes, there are some pretty cool colors in powdercoat, but it will never replace the infinite color availability of paint.
All I'm saying is that painting a wheel is not as delicate a finish as you would have make out.