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      02-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Painting/powdercoating stock Rims and BMW Wheel protection plan

Sooooo I just got my 335i about a month ago and I decided to get the BMW wheel and tire protection program just because I have a bad streak with flats as of late (I plugged my own flats on my last car but now have runflats so I cant ). I have the M-Sport package with some nice 18" wheels that I would love to powdercoat/paint gunmetal but am concerned that will void my warrenty. Does anyone know if I would be able to do this without having the dealership freaking out?

I would prefer to powdercoat as the finish lasts longer from what I hear.
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I don't know why you wouldn't be able to paint or powdercoat, that's stupid if you ask me. I don't know the rules there but wanted to mention I had 2 nails within a few weeks of eachother on my rft's.
Despite what some say or swear by, I plugged them anyway, no problems what so ever! Holds air fine.
Still have to get new tires anyway for wear reasons and tossing the rft's altogether but in a pinch, the plugs work fine!
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Sooooo I just got my 335i about a month ago and I decided to get the BMW wheel and tire protection program just because I have a bad streak with flats as of late (I plugged my own flats on my last car but now have runflats so I cant ). I have the M-Sport package with some nice 18" wheels that I would love to powdercoat/paint gunmetal but am concerned that will void my warrenty. Does anyone know if I would be able to do this without having the dealership freaking out?

I would prefer to powdercoat as the finish lasts longer from what I hear.
Why can't you plug RFT ? If you drove very far while flat sidewall might be fu/(- so don't plug. Painted wheels will never void warranty. A leased car is expected to be returned same color though.
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i think it depends how bad it is, i had one of mine plugged before and it held at least 6 months till i changed it for the winter set, will go back on in the summer, dealership actually did the plug for me saying it was fine since i got there soon enough :/
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I went to my dealership about a month ago and asked this very same question. I was told that there wouldn't be any problem, obviously they'll just replace the wheel with a stock, unpainted one.
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you can plug them?!?! Wow now I really want to drop my protection plan... lol and I'll double check with the dealership if i can paint or powdercoat them just to be sure but I think I'm going to go ahead and get them done now. thanks for the replies.
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^ so what your saying is I should just bite the bullet and buy myself some VMR wheels? jk but seriously Ive been eyeing your gunmetal VB3 CSL wheels for a while now. They are probably going to be my summer wheels and I'll keep these stockies as my winters and just cancel my protection plan.
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