Jeff Kleb· 2002 Sentra GXE Owner
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I have a 2002 GXE with the "Synergy Package" -- and it came with 15" five-spoke Nissan alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot radial tires that have about 80 percent of the tread remaining. I have owned it since new and had the whole car repainted (factory Molten Silver color) last year. I also had new struts installed, the head gasket replaced and cylinder head surface machined -- along with a new water pump, new spark plugs and had all the belts & hoses replaced. Yes, I spent more on the car than it is worth......but it has been good to me and I plan to hand it down to my son next year when he begins driving.
This car looks fantastic, except for the rims. Eleven years have taken a toll on them. They are in good condition - no nicks, cuts or chipping; but the finish just looks dull and I cannot seem to keep the brake dust from ruining the appearance of them five minutes after I wash the car. I have tried every kind of cleaner you can imagine. A friend of mine recommended powdercoating. I have also considered doing them in flat black with Krylon spray paint (the cheap way).
How much does powdercoating cost? Does it really look great? Can it be done in different colors or is the OEM grey/silver color best? Is it better to just put up with it looking cruddy or buying aftermarket rims for the car?