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Old 05-22-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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I had my gen1 6UL nickels on for a whole 3 days and some old lady backed into the car and put a dime sized nick on the face of one of the wheels. Anyone find a match for the nickel? I can live with just touching it up as luckily she didn't hit the car hard. I can buff her paint off of my bumper.

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weird. I have a boxed 1st gen nickel still. 15x8?
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Yep. Been sitting in my basement from pre-V8 build which has taken a bit (3 years maybe) longer than I anticipated.
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I have 2 sets of nickels and every single one is missing a significant amount of paint. I love the wheels, but the nickel paint is crap. I'm planning on stripping whats left and repainting them with something more durable.
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I have 2 sets of nickels and every single one is missing a significant amount of paint. I love the wheels, but the nickel paint is crap. I'm planning on stripping whats left and repainting them with something more durable.
I have a Nickel set from the first run. All still look new.
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weird. I have a boxed 1st gen nickel still. 15x8?
15x8 +40 amirite? I have a NIB spare, but wouldn't mind having a second spare "in case".

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15x8 +40 amirite? I have a NIB spare, but wouldn't mind having a second spare "in case".
I might consider a 1st gen 15x8 in the old offset he doesn't make anymore which I can't remember. Group buy?

Sorry to inadvertently edit your post, I clicked the wrong button. Phone browsing fail.
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Lets just get a source of the nickel paint, I need mine touched up too.
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15x8 +40 amirite? I have a NIB spare, but wouldn't mind having a second spare "in case".
I dont know, whatever the first run was. I plan to keep it until the rest of the wheels are gone. the space to store it is really insignificant and the money I'd get for it isn't going to move up my retirement date any.
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Dime sized spot on a nickel wheel. Nice!

How are the silver colored ones, do they chip easy too?
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It can't be touched up. The nickel is a high-gloss silver with a single layer of gloss black misted over it.
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I have 2 sets of nickels and every single one is missing a significant amount of paint. I love the wheels, but the nickel paint is crap. I'm planning on stripping whats left and repainting them with something more durable.
Have fun. I had mine sand blasted and the guys said it was an insanely durable finish underneath the nickel paint. There are like 4 layers of stuff on those wheels.

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I was thinking of looking in a hobby shop. My 949 wheels have the same problems.
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If anyone ever chooses to refinish all the wheels have them powder coated hyper black. I had a set of the nickels next to my hyper black powder coated wheels and they looked very similar. I would expect the powder coating to be quite a bit more durable than paint.
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If anyone ever chooses to refinish all the wheels have them powder coated hyper black. I had a set of the nickels next to my hyper black powder coated wheels and they looked very similar. I would expect the powder coating to be quite a bit more durable than paint.
I thought about doing that...was leaning more to matte bronze though. They look nice on 949s site. But the more i read about powder coating wheels and how they weaken them kind of unsure about that.
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FYI: Emilio does not recommend powder coating 6UL's for risk of effecting the heat treat.
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Looks like the magic number is 400 degrees. Most powder coating flows out at 375-400 degrees. Around 400 degrees causes problems for aluminum. There are some lower heat powder coatings that flow out at 250 degrees.
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