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    Spray paint (or plastidip) is your friend here.
     
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      What would Plastidip cost and where do you find someone to do such things?

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      Plasti-Dip is ~$14 per spray can from most auto parts stores, and it's DIY.

      Lots of youtube videos out there on application.
       
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        Plastidip is great because if you mess up, you just peel it off and try again.

        I did the wheels on my Leaf twice before I was somewhat satisfied with the results. And I can always just peel it off to go back to the original finish.
         
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          And it’s durable enough to adhere to the plastic? No worries of it peeling off at 80 mph? Or slowly flaking off?
           
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          Extremely durable. Take a look at the picture in my signature. No issues with the plastidip on my wheels after several years.

          It goes on like paint, but turns into a rubberized, form-fitted wrap. Search YouTube for videos of people removing plastidip to get an idea of how durable it is.
           
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          #7 garsh, Sep 28, 2017
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          This was my first attempt at plasti-dipping my wheels. I was going for a gunmetal grey. I think it turned out more like a dark granite, but I really liked the look. But I had applied each coat too thin, giving it a very bumpy surface. It was impossible to clean, and ended up looking bad with accumulated dirt. So I tore it off and went with flat black (link in sig).
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            Since this thread has become about plastidipped wheels... :) ...

            Let's say hypothetically that you wanted to dip the aero covers on a Model 3. How would you handle the fact that the covers have two different shades of gray (and potentially two different materials: one glossy, and one not)? If you were to spray the whole wheel with the same dip, the shiny parts would lose their shine (right?), which might make the cover look worse rather than better. To avoid that look, it seems like you'd have to tape over the shiny parts, apply dip the uncovered parts, and leave the shiny parts as-is... or setup some kind of horizontal (parallel to the ground) barrier between the two sections and separately spray two different colors to the shiny/not-shiny areas...? Seems like a lot of work... or a lack of imagination on my part...

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            I think it is definitely time for some Photoshopped versions.
             
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            As I've mentioned elsewhere, my Photoshop skills are stuck in 2003 (along with my copy of Photoshop 8).... but here's a quick lightening of the non-shiny plastic sections. Making them lighter really highlights the asymmetry of the shiny spokes/arms, and I'm not sure whether that helps with the cover's aesthetics... :confused:

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              Good point. I've split these posts into a new thread. :)
              It's even easier than that. You spray the whole thing, wait for it to dry, then peel the plasti-dip off of the shiny parts! :cool:

              Because there's a groove between the shiny & glossy parts of the wheels, the plasti-dip will not be continuous there, and will naturally separate. People rely on this property in order to "black-out" their badging with plasti-dip. They spray the whole area with the badge, then peel off the parts on the car paint.

              Here's an example:
               
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                No way! :openmouth: Does it really peel that cleanly?! Even if there's only a tiny gap and no difference in height between the two sections?!

                Very curious to see someone try this on the aero covers and see what the results are. If no one has done this by next June, I'll happily volunteer... even though I suspect I'll be peeling it right off. :rolleyes:
                 
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                I'm thinking of doing mine to match the car.
                I don't really like the standard colors and there will be whole bunch of all of them.
                Thats why I'm going with black - it will be a great base for the purple I'll be using :)
                 
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                  The key with Plasti-Dip is to spray several thin coats like spray paint, but those coats should only be like 3 minutes apart so they can combine to one nice even layer. I imagine it would also be better if the wheels were sprayed removed from the car, laying flat on the ground.
                   
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                  I definitely think that's the way to go. You shove a bunch of index cards between the wheel & tire so you don't have to clean the overspray off the tire. I actually put my index cards vertically to protect more of the tire surface. It required a lot more cards though.
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                    Being later to the game than most of you guys (August 2016), I'll be able to see your results with this long before I get my car. And since I come to Pittsburgh monthly (I'm in Pitt right now, actually), perhaps I can see it in person. I'll have to admit, it sounds intriguing.
                     
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                    Sorry, your post is a bit unclear. Do you want to see my Model 3, or do you want to see my Leaf's plastidipped wheels?

                    I personally do not plan on plasti-dipping my Model 3 wheels. I only plasti-dipped my Leaf's wheels because I bought them from Craigslist and they had terrible road-rash. I was looking for a quick, cheap, and easy way to fix them up, and as luck would have it, Walmart had black plastidip aerosol cans on clearance for $2 each (the Armor All Custom Shield re-branded version).
                     
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                    I just shoved tape into the bolt holes to mask them. Overspray onto the tires was easily peeled off after the plasti-dip dried.
                    But the great thing is you can get creative with the masking and for example use different colors or shades to re-style your aero cover. Home depot usually carries about six colors, but many more are available online
                    https://plastidip.com/our-products/plasti-dip/
                     
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                      Yeah; I was thinking you were going to do your M3's aero wheels when they arrived. My bad. Hopefully, someone will attempt this before I take delivery.
                       
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