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      09-26-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Hydro-Dipping wheels Carbon Fiber

I'm debating hydro-dipping my wheels in black C/F to match my carbon performance spoiler. Does anybody have any experience with hydro-dipping? All comments are welcome.

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Don't do it. Looks stupide. Cf wheels canot have such a shape.
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I don't have any personal experience with it, so I don't know how durable it is or how it looks in person, but I imagine it's similar to any sort of paint or film. Personally I'd probably opt for something a bit more traditional.
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For some reason, I've always thought that hydrodipped wheels look really fake. When there are curves and corners, the pattern looks stretched and deformed. Just having them black or another dark color would probably be a better bet.
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I have had things hydro dipped in the past...mainly interior parts, but I had a diffuser hydro dipped on a past car. It didn't hold up very long. The rocks and debris from the road can mar it fairly easily. Here is a pic of the hydro dipped diffuser I had and the mar it got after only 4 months. If your car is a DD, I say no...if a garage queen, then go for it. I do like the look on the wheels you have pictured.
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I have had things hydro dipped in the past...mainly interior parts, but I had a diffuser hydro dipped on a past car. It didn't hold up very long. The rocks and debris from the road can mar it fairly easily. Here is a pic of the hydro dipped diffuser I had and the mar it got after only 4 months. If your car is a DD, I say no...if a garage queen, then go for it. I do like the look on the wheels you have pictured.
Ya I am thinking this wouldn't be a good idea for wheels then. Looks like ill just do powder coat if I decide to change the finish.
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For some reason, I've always thought that hydrodipped wheels look really fake. When there are curves and corners, the pattern looks stretched and deformed. Just having them black or another dark color would probably be a better bet.
+1, same does for anything else I've seen hydrodipped carbon fiber. Your best bet will be to go with a wheel company that makes carbon fiber wheels such as HRE or 360 Forged if you want wheels to match your parts.
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