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 Post subject: Galvanized Wheels?
PostPosted: May 6, 2020, 12:43 pm 
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After 4 winters and 57,000 winter km on my Chev Colorado I need new snow tires. But when I pressure-washed my steelies after removal it was clear they needed care and attention. I could have them sand-blasted and repainted, or even sand-blasted and powder coated. But my boat trailer has galvanized steelies. Any reason why I shouldn't sand-blast and galvanize my truck steelies?

Based on what it cost to galvanize my boat trailer, galvanizing looks like being cheaper than paint or powder coat and should be more durable. The Colorado has an uncommon 6 x 100mm bolt pattern so buying new aftermarket rims will be about double the quoted cost of sand-blasting/painting. Sand-blast/paint is $50CAD per rim; aftermarket steelies are $105CAD and the dealer wants $300CAD a piece for OEM! Galvanizing a 350lb trailer frame and ancillary bits cost me $270CAD, taxes in.The galvanizer charges by weight.

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 Post subject: Re: Galvanized Wheels?
PostPosted: May 6, 2020, 1:43 pm 
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The only thought that comes to mind and it should not be an issue if the wheels are not heat treated is hydrogen embrittlement, but even if that were a concern a bake post galvanize should deal with it. Other than that as long as the finish is smooth enough to allow a good bead seal you should be good.
Curious to hear your decision/result.
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PostPosted: June 23, 2020, 4:44 pm 
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I went ahead and here is the result. I am quite pleased. It is not a show finish but better than I expected, and good enough for winter rims.

A local body guy quoted me $50CAD per wheel for spot sandblast and paint. A local hot rod shop wanted $300CAD PER WHEEL (Aaaak!) I ended up going to one place for media blasting because the galvanizer's blaster was down and then taking the bright wheels to the galvanizer. Total cost, $55CAD per rim. Should last longer than a 50 buck paint job.

That's all for now. Buying four 17 inch snow tires can wait until I actually need them.


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PostPosted: June 29, 2020, 1:50 am 
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That's an interesting solution...You'll have to provide some long-term updates on how they hold up.

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PostPosted: June 29, 2020, 8:21 pm 
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Will report but gotta be an improvement. The wheels had four winters with factory paint and at that point the corrosion was alarming. Good old briny winter roads ....

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