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Old 08-28-2011, 09:08 AM
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About to get my 2011 550i. Should I powder coat the wheels?

Well, I'm about to be a first time BMW owner on Wednesday. It's a Carbon Black 550i with M Sport Package. Looks beautiful. However, I really like black wheels but am not sure who they would look on a Carbon Black 550i. I'd be powder coating the 19 inch M wheels that come with the package. Thoughts?
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:25 AM
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Black wheels on Carbon Black would look terrible, IMO. I would think that solid black wouldn't look great with the Carbon color.

I'd go with a gray tone if you want to stay away from Silver.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:48 AM
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:18 AM
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NOT on Black bodywork, it would not look good.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for the responses. It's kinda what I feared. Glad I asked.....
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:34 AM
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Thanks for the responses. It's kinda what I feared. Glad I asked.....
For another data point, go onto TireRack.com, choose a black wheel similar to the M Sport rims, and click on the "see it on the car" link. They don''t have Carbon Black, so use Jet Black.

To me, black rims just look dirty, but to each his (or her) own. Still, I really liked the dark gray rims on my Carbon Black E39 M5. Anybody remember what it was called? "Black chrome" or something like that? So, maybe a dark gray would be okay?
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:38 AM
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powdercoat matte black looks good on most any car...
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:43 AM
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Well, I'm about to be a first time BMW owner on Wednesday. It's a Carbon Black 550i with M Sport Package. Looks beautiful. However, I really like black wheels but am not sure who they would look on a Carbon Black 550i. I'd be powder coating the 19 inch M wheels that come with the package. Thoughts?
Black wheels look like 4 spares or that they're full of brake dust. Don't do it.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:01 AM
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Don't powder coat them. But have them repainted Liquid Graphite. That will look amazing. Liquid Graphite is a slightly glossy gunmetal finish. Looks awesome in black cars.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:04 AM
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Well, I'm about to be a first time BMW owner on Wednesday. It's a Carbon Black 550i with M Sport Package. Looks beautiful. However, I really like black wheels but am not sure who they would look on a Carbon Black 550i. I'd be powder coating the 19 inch M wheels that come with the package. Thoughts?
I would do it if it was space gray or silver titanium..
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:30 AM
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Well, it's black wheels that I wanted in the first place. However, when I asked the salesperson at BMW of Dallas, he told me that the only thing they can do is have them powder coated. Basically, he was saying "you get what you get".

I'd love gloss black wheels (again, assuming that they'd look good on Carbon Black). Do I just get my OEM wheels painted or can I by BMW wheels that are already black?

I really like this look....

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Old 08-28-2011, 12:10 PM
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Don't powder coat them. But have them repainted Liquid Graphite. That will look amazing. Liquid Graphite is a slightly glossy gunmetal finish. Looks awesome in black cars.
I agree with Stealth Pilot...this should be a great compliment to your F10's color. The stock wheels, as well as any other shiny option are "high maintenance" and tough to keep squeaky clean when constantly re-coated in BMW break dust. A gunmetal finish should look excellent.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:18 PM
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I agree that a gunmetal finish would look awesome. Personally, I love the M5 wheels. Wish I could find some very similar to them, with the gunmetal finish.
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:09 PM
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:04 PM
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I saw some TSW Nurburgring wheels that were great looking. Dont know enough about TSW's quality, but they looked pretty cool.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:55 PM
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Agreed on the gun metal tint to the wheels. Audi has them on their S-Line packages, and with the S-cars, they offer a Titanium Package. The wheels are darker than typical silver/aluminum finish, but not black.

It looks sharp and also masks the brake dust.
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Well, it's black wheels that I wanted in the first place. However, when I asked the salesperson at BMW of Dallas, he told me that the only thing they can do is have them powder coated. Basically, he was saying "you get what you get".

I'd love gloss black wheels (again, assuming that they'd look good on Carbon Black). Do I just get my OEM wheels painted or can I by BMW wheels that are already black?

I really like this look....

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Have you considered the BMW Multi Spoke 410 Bicolour Polished Black wheels?
Perhaps your dealer can give you a credit on your new 19's that you can use towards the purchase of the 410's.
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Obviously I'm for black wheels on black cars. The color of my car is sapphire metallic black and I had them painted satin black at first and now have them gloss black. Looks amazing and very little brake dust. I'm really not sure exactly how carbon black looks in person so maybe that's why alot of people are suggesting to paint them charcoal.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:38 PM
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I think these are a nice blend of gunmetal and polished look.


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Obviously I'm for black wheels on black cars. The color of my car is sapphire metallic black and I had them painted satin black at first and now have them gloss black. Looks amazing and very little brake dust. I'm really not sure exactly how carbon black looks in person so maybe that's why alot of people are suggesting to paint them charcoal.
Carbon black looks like old carbon paper. It has a lot of blue and even a hint of purple in it.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:15 AM
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Carbon black looks like old carbon paper. It has a lot of blue and even a hint of purple in it.
ahhhh i see. well in that case i'd do for the gunmetal graphite grey color as well.
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Does anyone else find Dale Kreskin's photo seriously disturbing.
"Disturbing?" I think it's absolutely charming. I'm a huge animal lover.
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