??? Not aware of any limitations on metallic finishes when powder coating. Please explain, maybe I don't understand what you mean by "prevents the metallic paint appearance." Powder produces a much more durable finish that is mirror smooth relative to paint. Metallic powder coats can be seen on the Caswell plating galleries. The extreme chrome powder (below) is not as shiny as real plating, but gets a lot closer than any rattle can formula. Not selling Caswell products, but I find their powders give consistent good results.I think the way powder coating works (a big fog of material floating around looking for the proper electrical current that draws it to the part, and the excess drops to the ground?) prevents the metallic paint appearance from being something that powder coating provide. I think powder coating can provide some unique appearances via translucent effects, but not a metallic.
Thanks for the fitment tip. I hadn't thought of that! However, I was looking for input on the COLOR. Did your powder coater match the original color? For my car, this is Mercedes paint code 735 - Astroy Silver.
Missed that. But the code # is King.Yeah right..Astroy !!..That will get the right info.
Sorry I did not understand your post. I thought the majority of silver wheels on the market today are powder coated. If you google image search powder coat metallic finish most of the pictures that are found are metallic finish wheels. I used to have a BMW Z4 so here are links from a Bimmer forum:@PazerPuff.
I think the valve cover you show is a perfect example of what I am talking about: the finish on the valve cover is giving the appearance of smooth metal, but the appearance OP is looking for should be the sparkly "metallic paint" finish. I don't think powder coating does that. I might be wrong about that. It wouldn't be the first time.
Somebody on another board said:The OP asked about powder coating that duplicates 735 Astral Silver OE finish. I do not know the answer.