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I really like the gloss-black wheels on the Volt, but having a heck of a time finding a good price. Even the best price I could find is still too much: https://www.gmpartshouse.com/oem-parts/gm-17-quot-wheel-gloss-black-23251535

My '17 has the "standard" Premier wheels.

I found one thread where a dealer cut the cost of the gloss black wheels by buying back the original factory wheels. I'm not having such luck after trying 4 dealerships. None of my local dealers want to buy/trade my current premier wheels for the gloss/black wheels. Basically, I would need to buy the gloss black wheels and then sell my current premier wheels on my own.

I'm also trying to find a local auto place that might be willing to powdercoat the wheels to match the factory version--but I'm a little wary about trying out a new place without triple-checking their work on other vehicles.

Anyone have any other suggestions besides selling them myself (unless someone here wants to buy them haha)?
 

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3-4 cans of Plastidip plus 1 can of glossifier. It's about $5 a can at my local hardware store (about $8 for glossifier). I actually dipped my wheels in white with pearlizer. It's easiest to just dip the entire wheel, but if you really want to make that pattern, you'd have to practice masking tape and removing it at just the right time to get the plastidip to cut properly.

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...art-1-wheels&highlight=white+pearlizer+wheels

Edit: Sorry, I thought you wanted to make your wheels gloss black, not purchase a specific style of wheel. Yeah, you're looking for someone who bought a volt and sprung for a set of custom wheels and is looking to reduce the pain by selling the originals. Try Craigslist, Ebay, or see of any forum user here wants to swap.
 

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I went aftermarket and sold my polished wheels here.

Someone converted his wheels to premier by painting the pockets himself. Happy hunting finding that thread.
 

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Sand only the to be painted area with 1000 grit sandpaper. Remove gray paint until it's got no shiny areas. You are only removing the clear coat really. (I only painted the light gray areas.) Mask with orange 3mm masking tape along the edges. (I saw this method on TV, Unique Rides.) I got my tape from Amazon: American Brand OM Paper 3mm x 64.8 meter Fine Line Masking Tape - 12 Rolls . I got 12 rolls as that's how they sold it. Finish the masking with 1" and 2" blue tape. I trimmed any*screwups with a new exacto knife. I had to do this as some of the tape moved on me around the corners. The middle picture shows my orange masking. Exacto on Amazon: Heavy Duty Hobby Knife with Cap -5pcs #2 Sk5 Carbon Steel Blades Per Pack (Blue). Painted with Pep Boys Duplicolor Satin Black Wheel paint. Clean up the painted edges with a little lacquer thinner on a lint free rag. Lacquer thinner is "very hot" (Cuts quickly) so do this as fast as possible, else it will cut into the clear coat.

Spray from the inside of the wheel first, then spray the outside. I skipped finishing off in clear gloss as the satin color alone looked pleasing to me.

My wheels have been painted over a year now and show no aging.

This above procedure, if you don't clear coat, cuts the time way down, and the finished product is better IMO. After the first wheel (to establish the learning curve) and only painting and sanding the light gray areas, it took me 4 hours per wheel.

Look at the Tube videos for rough procedures.

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Dang nice work--gives me a good pic for what my Siren Red will look like afterwards.

If I'm having no luck with trade/swap, then I'll go the DIY route. Doing this would be a first for me, so I'll need to be adequately prepared.
 

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I bought a Bolt EV LT last Sunday and yesterday dropped it off at a shop which specializes in fixing and powdercoating wheels - I'm having them powdercoat the stock (plain silver) wheels gloss black. Cost will be $150 per wheel. I'll post pics upon completion; it's going to look fabulous. It'll cut down on the hodgepodge of color (Orange Burst Metallic main body color with Gloss Black front to rear beltline strip; the flat silver wheels; the shiny chrome strip above rocker panels; the chrome separation strips between orange and black painted areas). I did not want the higher level Premier version which looks even busier with chrome strips added on the roof and outside door handles as well as having two tone (black/silver) wheels.

The fully gloss black wheels will cut down on the busy look by playing off the gloss black beltline strip (giving it a more focused part of the overall look), while allowing the chrome lugs and silver disc in the center of the wheels to play off the other chrome elements on the body in a subdued but nonetheless supportive way, and softening any badassiness a total gloss black rim might generate.

It's gonna look real nice.
 

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I now have three Premier wheels with curb rash. (SWMBO did two and I did the other one...) So one of these days I am going to have a wheel shop redo them and get black pockets at the same time. Shops around here charge around $175/wheel.

I also bought a second set of four Premier wheels from a fellow on craigslist. He was selling them for a friend who got the factory black pocket wheels and this was the original set. They are basically unused and in the factory boxes from the black pocket wheels. I was originally going to get them painted with the black pockets. But since my originals need fixing anyway...
 

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I now have three Premier wheels with curb rash. (SWMBO did two and I did the other one...) So one of these days I am going to have a wheel shop redo them and get black pockets at the same time. Shops around here charge around $175/wheel.

I also bought a second set of four Premier wheels from a fellow on craigslist. He was selling them for a friend who got the factory black pocket wheels and this was the original set. They are basically unused and in the factory boxes from the black pocket wheels. I was originally going to get them painted with the black pockets. But since my originals need fixing anyway...
at $175/wheel, you're almost better off buying a new custom wheels from Tire Rack or Discount Tire. I got 18" rims and relegated my factory wheels for snow tires (not that is snows much in Cali where you live).
 

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at a shop which specializes in fixing and powdercoating wheels
Where do you find such a shop? I've tried body shops, tire shops, detailers, custom audio shops, etc. but no one has a freakin' clue around here about "customizing" wheels. I tell them I am looking to paint/powdercoat and they go "duh."
 

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at $175/wheel, you're almost better off buying a new custom wheels from Tire Rack or Discount Tire. I got 18" rims and relegated my factory wheels for snow tires (not that is snows much in Cali where you live).
I don't really trust most aftermarket wheels, especially if they are cast alloy. They are quite often much heavier than factory wheels, not as well tested for durability/quality, and such. High end forged wheels are another story, but prices to match. If I were going for performance, I'd try to find a set of Cruze Eco wheels. Apparently they are forged and could save about 2.5 lbs per wheel - which is important, but I don't like the looks as much as the Premier wheels.

If I really wanted to go low cost, I could just try plasti-dipping the pockets on my spare set.
 

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Where do you find such a shop? I've tried body shops, tire shops, detailers, custom audio shops, etc. but no one has a freakin' clue around here about "customizing" wheels. I tell them I am looking to paint/powdercoat and they go "duh."
Body shops routinely send alloy wheels out for refinishing. It is surprising they couldn't refer you to a place.
 

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Where do you find such a shop? I've tried body shops, tire shops, detailers, custom audio shops, etc. but no one has a freakin' clue around here about "customizing" wheels. I tell them I am looking to paint/powdercoat and they go "duh."

Here's the shop I'm using.... http://www.kwicksilversac.com/

I had them powdercoat in semi-gloss black some wheels on my Ford Transit van a couple of years ago and was pleased with their work. This place is a branch of the Kwicksilver company which has branches elsewhere, maybe even in NJ
 

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Alright got a quote from a local guy to do a black powdercoat in the same pattern as the gloss black wheels. $250/wheel!!

Scratched that.

Found a local (w/in 1/hour drive) dealer who offered them at $313/wheel (brand new)--savings of about $50 per wheel since Chevy.com is offering them at 15% off MSRP now.

They also offered $200 for my old wheels and $100 to install them. Not great on the old wheels, but I'm basically paying for the convenience of not selling them myself.

So total damage about $1175 including installation. I'll sit on it and see if I can do better, but this is the best I can find now for brand new.
 

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Thanks VRock!

I was able to negotiate $299 x 4 plus $140 shipping from GMPartsHouse.com via email.
I placed the order with Chris Hagen, Parts Manager E-commerce Specialist.
I emailed him a shopping cart check out with ShopChevyParts.com showing $318 x 4, $141 shipping, 5% new customer discount and asked if he could beat that price.
I placed the order yesterday with GMPH and they shipped today ... SCP said mid January delivery (read drop ship) as does everyone else.
I wanted them before the New Year ... I will post picture after I get them mounted next week.

Now I'm in search of custom leather seat cover's with gray sheepskin inlays to finish "the look" of my Black 2016 Volt LT.
 

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