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Old 12-09-2013   #1
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Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

Hi, I am going to get my rims powder coated gold soon because the gold on the one is peeling and all four don't match for some reason. I was wondering if there is a specific color code for the gold or anything like that or how do you know what color to get them done in? Also, if you have got this done how does it turn out? Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2013   #2
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

umm black would be good
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Old 12-11-2013   #3
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

They do not match perhaps for a few reasons, could be related to the age of them, the exposure to elements like weather and sunshine and even perhaps someone in the past used some strong cleaning chemicals on them which made the paint color fade away.

One other thing to be aware of is that on the 1987 GTAs at least, there were actually two different gold colors that were produced. One is a really dark gold color and the other one is a much lighter gold color. The technical name for the lighter gold color was called "Champaign". I am not aware if the two different gold colors were on all of the GTAs but I am aware that it was available for the 1987 at least. One thing I do not know is why there was two different gold colors and why some GTAs had the darker gold while the others did not. My GTA was one of them that came with the lighter gold. I may ask my friend who works at the GM Dealership if he may know this answer. I am also unsure if there is a specific code for each of the gold colors. Many years ago, I was asking my friend who works at the GM Dealership the prices of the rims because I was planning to buy extra rims for spare parts. It was at that time when he informed me of the two different gold colors. But at that time he also explained to me that the only gold color that was still available was the darker gold color. He mentioned that the lighter "champaign" gold color had been discontinued for many years before. So I just purchased the four front rims but with the darker color and took the original ones off and put them away in the garage to preserve them as the original parts.

Do you have the center caps with the gold bird on them? If you do, just bring those into the paint place to match the rim gold color to those. But since I think your GTA is a 1991 model, it may not have the gold bird on the center caps. But, if you have the gold bird on the center caps, that would be the best way to match the colors.

I hope that this helps you with what you decide to do.

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Old 12-13-2013   #4
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

No I don't have the gold bird but would the ws-6 on the center caps be a good match? Also where can I find if I am supposed to have the lighter or darker gold? (Yes my car is a 91)
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Old 12-14-2013   #5
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

You should have the "darker" gold. If memory serves me right (and sometimes it doesn't lol) the champagne color was only for a couple of years in the mid to late 80s.
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Old 12-30-2013   #6
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

Mine were powder coated a couple of years ago. I didn't know the specific colors but the coater had plenty of samples to choose from. I went with the brighter gold that had flake in it. The hardest part was figuring out what to do with the polished part of the rim. He had silvers to choose from but I feared nothing would look close enough to what the original polished aluminum did. We finally decided to go with a silver with flake. I love how they look in the sun.
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

The gold looks like an exact match!
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

I say take a good pic of our wheels and go visit a powder coater to see if you can match the colors. Pick his brain in advance about matching the polished aluminum.
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

chrome would look cool in place of the polished aluminum. imho
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Re: Gold Rim Powder Coating Color?

the gold have nice look
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