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I'm interested in getting my stock rims hard anodized, but apparently I'm the first person in Edmonton to ever suggest such a thing. No one is any help whatsoever. Can anyone tell me the type of aluminum (hardness etc) of the stock rims?
 

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Since our wheels are cast they may not anodize well. Impurities in the casting keep it from coloring uniformly. Billet does a much better job. Plus you have to remove all the rough casting marks to do a good job on it.

Are you looking at regular room temp anodizing or hard coat?
 

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I'm looking at hard coat. So, what sort of finish does suzuki have on the 2010 limited wheels? Would that be a powder coat with some sort of clear coating? I'm not married to anodizing, I just want a durable black finish on m wheels....
 

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I haven't seen a 2010 except in pictures, but I would guess they are powder coated or painted They don't look like they are anodized unless they did a really deep anodizing job on them. Even hard coat only adds about .002" of actual coating on top of the aluminum, plus another .002" below the surface. So it's hard to get it heavy enough to make it opaque. Plus it would be more expensive than powder coating.

Honestly, a good coat of paint will hold up for a long time. And if it does need recoated it's a lot easier to strip off and refinish than powder coat. Removing anodizing is hard to do without the right equipment, and it's hard to touch up. The stock finish on the rims is a paint.
 

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I haven't seen a 2010 except in pictures, but I would guess they are powder coated or painted They don't look like they are anodized unless they did a really deep anodizing job on them. Even hard coat only adds about .002" of actual coating on top of the aluminum, plus another .002" below the surface. So it's hard to get it heavy enough to make it opaque. Plus it would be more expensive than powder coating.

Honestly, a good coat of paint will hold up for a long time. And if it does need recoated it's a lot easier to strip off and refinish than powder coat. Removing anodizing is hard to do without the right equipment, and it's hard to touch up. The stock finish on the rims is a paint.
:agree: on everything Mike says here as we anodize all of our aircraft component parts .....paint or powdercoat would actually be much better all the way around for your application.
 

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I got parts anodized on my ZX636. They played heck with doing it due to the metal being a cast. I dont personally recommend it. Get powdercoating it will be cheaper also.
 
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