Re: Powder coating vs trd rims
I tried powdercoating mine in 2010. The first time I got into a gravel road I got a few small chips. When SWMBO clipped a curb, I lost about 3" of paint off the rim edge. TBH, she hates my Hell***** and was just going to the grocery, but there it is...LOL I am running the silvery stock wheels, but found a guy who is selling me his 2013 pristine wheels for $75 and my rear seat headrests.
I painted a friends FJ wheels with wheel paint, black, and left the center hub out. I also masked off the outer part of the rim, where the golf-ball-like divots are - because the guys at tire shops don't care if your wheel paint comes off when they pop a tire off or on. That was a few years back. My buddy had to touch-up a few times by sanding some chips out with 220 grit and repaint. But overall, it was waay cheaper than a powdercoat job, since wheel paint takes about 3 cans of paint at about $12 a can.
My debate is whether to use Raptor poly or Bed Armor on the new wheels or just wheel paint. The bedliner can be touched up pretty easily without even the sanding, and it has stayed on my front grill and bumper really well.