Are your wheels looking tired and in need of some TLC? Painting is an option but for a longer lasting and smoother finish you should consider Powder Coating writes Suzanne Keane
Powder Coating is applied as a dry powder and then cured under heat to form a thick skin. It’s used to create a hard finish that is tougher than paint.
When it comes to powdercoating in Ireland Tallaght Powdercoating, is the first name that comes to mind.
So with two sets of wheels in need of some love – my “everyday” wheels had lost their lustre so I sent them to Tallaght Powdercoating for an anthracite finish – an ideal colour if you don’t want to be cleaning your wheels too often as it hides dirt and brake dust very well!!
I’d also bought a 17″ set of OZ Volcanos from a Soho hairdresser back in 2009 that at the time were immaculate but after 6 years on Irish roads were covered in stone chips and badly kerbed. I asked for them to be finished in bronze/anthracite but after Jeff at TPC heard what car they were for recommended I try smoked chrome instead – always good to listen to the experts on these occasions!!
After 3 days the car was ready for collection with both sets of wheels looking better than new! Watch the video below to see exactly what was involved.
Tallaght Powdercoting is today owned and run by Suzanne, Michelle and Andrew Dowdall. The Business was set up 30 years ago by their Dad and run from a garden shed at the family home. Following redundancy he had taken a FAS course in powdercoating and the idea for the business was born. A family business from the beginning the girls with their other siblings were roped in after school and on weekends to earn some pocket money! Michelle had even mastered the art of powdercoating at the tender age of 12! Once demand grew they moved to a bigger premises in Ballymount. Initially they concentrated on the industrial sector but as recession hit and as business slowed down attention was turned to the motor industry – specialising in alloy wheels, motorbikes and bicycles.
Last year they moved to a state of the art premises in Ballymount to further expand the business and now have a 7m oven to ensure no project is too big! There are currently 8 staff members employed at Tallaght Powder Coating including Suzanne, Michelle, their brother Andrew and Jeff – the alloy wheel expert!
To read an interview with Suzanne Dowdall click here
Remember to mention Wheelsforwomen.ie to get a 10% discount on your wheel powdercoating!
2nd March, 2015