Color Model 3 Sport Wheels - Paint, Wrap, or Powder Coat?

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I've ordered my performance Model 3 which will have the 20" sport wheels. Unfortunately, the only color option for the sport wheels is silver.

I'd like to change these to a dark gray color (similar to the "sonic carbon" color available for Model S wheels). Does anyone have any idea what the best approach would be? If I painted or powder coated them, would I be able to return them to their original factory chrome color? Would a wrap be low quality or peel off easily?
 

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I would go with Autoflex (instead of Plastidip). I have my entire BMW X5 painted with auto flex and it simply looks amazing, not yet done wheels as I'm switching to Model 3 :)

check this video.

The best part is you can peel off the paint anytime and your original OEM paint on the wheels would remain.
 

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Had my 19” wheels powder coated. They look amazing and cost $1000 for all 4 wheels. The installer offered a cheaper powder coating option which may or may not have been any different but I’m very pleased with the results.
 
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Does powder coating peel or chip? Any negatives to powder coating. Thinking of doing the same with my 20s when I get them.
 

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That looks amazing. I ordered red AWD, was thinking of a gun metal color like the turbines the S has but that black looks mean. Did you have the calipers done at the same time?
I seen a couple red with chrome delete and satin black 19’s and it looks really good. I had the calipers done right before I got the wheels powder coated since I had them done at a diff shop.
 

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Does powder coating peel or chip? Any negatives to powder coating. Thinking of doing the same with my 20s when I get them.
powder coat is an electro plating, so it is permanent and does not peel. It may chip, but it would need some significant impact to.
it is the same as you would see around town on permanently installed metal fixtures like benches, bike racks, trash cans, handrails, guardrails, etc that have a solid color finish.
 
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Plastidip for quick and cheap, paint otherwise (I just dipped my P3D 20s for winter). If you want sonic carbon, you can have a wheel paint shop use the exact paint. I did that on my X using the same fokls the Service Center by me uses for repairs. I will likely go that route for my summer 20s.

I don't liek powdercoat, had a set done in black on my X as well. There is almost always more orange peel with powdercoat, you can potentially weaken the wheel and if you get any cracking, chipping etc, it's more difficult to repair than paint.
 

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I thought all plastidip was applied with aerosol spray, but I just checked their website and see there is also the brushed-on option. Using a brush seems like I wouldn't have to spend as much time taping things up. Does anyone have experience with both methods?