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Thank you all! We ordered our Mazda 3!

We just ordered our Mazda 3 GT hatch manual, with all available packages and with quite a few Mazda options/accessories.

Have been on this forum for three months, and thanks to many of you, have learned so much (this will be our first Mazda). Thanks for being so informative! @USCTrojan4JC and @Chazzy J , you went way, way beyond in helping us out in so many ways.

And special thanks to: @arathol , @stevenvillatoro , @AVL thumper , @2016NeoHatchiS , @Skagerstrom , @Loud3 , and @minsanity , who were so constructive in answering many PM's. You have my extra appreciation due to your providing great and candid information and advice.

I am now working on my approximate 30 items mod list -- though a month ago "I cheated" (LOL) and bought two mod items.

Our car will be very close to Skagerstrom's beautiful car below (my wife and I loved it when we first saw it, and it immediately became the "theme" for ours), though our summer wheels will be Mazda's accessory 18" dark gray wheels, and our winter wheels will start with the 18" factory silver ones, but then be powder-coated "Ultra Black Chrome." And then we will add our conservative extra mods.


Picture credit and special gratitude to: Skagerstrom

Thank you all on this forum, for your beautiful cars, your informative posts, and thus your being tremendously helping in determining out final order specs and its initial mod decisions! It has been "big fun" joining the Mazda 3 world!

2017 Mazda 3 GT hatch: Soul Red Metallic with Black interior, manual: Premium Equipment pkg, customized OEM Appearance Pkg; iActivSense Pkg, add'l OEM options.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-26-2017, 01:17 AM
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Grats, @Road Trip sir! AwesoM3 plans. I'm sure this will turn out to be among M3R's best.
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our winter wheels will start with the 18" factory silver ones, but then be powder-coated "Ultra Black Chrome." And then we will add our conservative extra mods.
Hmmmm......be careful here. Powder coating involves processes that can damage the wheel if not done just so. Any warranties on the wheel will be voided by the process also.
What is the final cost for the powder coating? Measure it against the cost of selling the OEM wheels and purchasing a new set that is made in the color you want.
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Hmmmm......be careful here. Powder coating involves processes that can damage the wheel if not done just so. Any warranties on the wheel will be voided by the process also.
What is the final cost for the powder coating? Measure it against the cost of selling the OEM wheels and purchasing a new set that is made in the color you want.
I've had several different sets of wheels and parts powdercoated and never had any failure.

Almost all automotive powdercoat is applied at a dry film thickness of between .003" and .006", and never at a heat that would cause any issue with any metal without any pre-existing impurities.
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Congratulations!! Welcome to the Mazda family!
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I've had several different sets of wheels and parts powdercoated and never had any failure.

Almost all automotive powdercoat is applied at a dry film thickness of between .003" and .006", and never at a heat that would cause any issue with any metal without any pre-existing impurities.
Never had any problems either.
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Congrats, Road Trip!

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I used to own a custom powder coating shop. The only wheels that required special attention were magnesium, and only a very small handful of contemporary wheels are made of it. I did a set of mag wheels for an old DeTomaso Pantera a few years ago and had to be very, very careful about stripping them. Most chemicals were too corrosive and most of the blast media that was even remotely effective was too aggressive and would chew right into the magnesium, but once they were stripped it was smooth sailing and I found a classic silver that matched the original color to a T and cured at 330. Most of the urethane powders cure at 330-380 degrees, which won`t have any metallurgical effects on wheels.
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Woo-Hoo!! It was a pleasure to help!! Congrats on your new ride! You wont regret getting into the Mazda family!
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Congrats @Road Trip

Very excited for you! Now you've gotta hurry up and wait! Good luck my friend. Can't wait to see pics!
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