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I just bought a set of style 65 rims that were just refinished at Rite-Way Wire & Wheel Specialist in Walnut Creek, CA. The color is HyperBlack. The wheels have never been mounted. I thought I would like them but I have decided that these are just too dark. More black than chrome. I've decided that I want to keep the Shadow Chrome.

So the question is, can the wheels just be re-coated in the shadow chrome without a complete re-strip? If I understand the process, the base (black) was powder coated and the effect color is sprayed on.
 

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Hi,

No, the wheels must go through the full process. If you choose to have a new finish that's powder coat, then due to the heat element of the process, the wheel must be back at bare metal. If you were to perhaps want to have the wheels done in a painted finish, then due to the amount of prep in stripping the current powder coat, you might as well just have them fully shot blasted etc.

Why not put an advert out to see if someone who has recently refurbished shadow chrome wheels wants to do a swap? I understand that might not happen anytime soon, so it's up to you if you feel you really *must* have shadow chrome only and need to put the wheels through the full process again :)

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, I really want the shadow chrome. I really thought that the hyperblack would be good with my Anthricite but it is just too dark. I think it might go better with silver, red, white or blue but it is just not doing it for me with my color.

I thought about posting local on Craigslist to see if anybody would be up for a straight trade. I still have my original shadow chrome on the car that need to be refinished so I am not in a great hurry.

Also, I spoke with the fellow that I bought them from and we are going to call the shop that just refinished them in the hyperblack to see what kind of deal he would swing to redo them.
 

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Consider that since Shadow Chrome is actually PAINT and that the substrate layer for the Shadow Chrome process is actually black powder coat, maybe there is a way to recover from this. On the other hand, most shops that do the Shadow Chrome probably want total control of the process and understandably so. I, too, would like some pictures, though.
 

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Do you have any pictures? I'm interested to see what hyperblack style 65s look like
Consider that since Shadow Chrome is actually PAINT and that the substrate layer for the Shadow Chrome process is actually black powder coat, maybe there is a way to recover from this. On the other hand, most shops that do the Shadow Chrome probably want total control of the process and understandably so. I, too, would like some pictures, though.
That's what I was thinking. The guys at Rite-Way are back in the shop tomorrow so we'll see what they can do. I was going to get some pics today but I lost the sun. I'll get some tomorrow for you guys. The color is beautiful. It changes from a dark almost black in low light to a gun metal silver with the chrome undertone in strong light. I think with the right body color it would really be phenomenal. However, I think that because the Anthracite is so similar in that characteristic, but the color shade is slightly different, that it bothers me. I think the shadow chrome plays off the Anthracite much better.
 
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