Thanks guys, I'm pretty easily excited I know but these make me feel good. Better than new I reckon. The powdercoaters do a three part treatment same as for the frames on our reverse osmosis desalination frames which need good corrosion resistance in case of chips scratches etc.
First is a good full garnet blast then "metal spray" which is basically melting zinc into a powder spraying on, then powder prime then colour. Get this though, $240 for 5 rims! That's cheap even for our overpriced neck of the woods.
We will need to put a tiny bead of silicon or polyurethane in the seam inside and out though and of course the black or blue pinstripe around the white ones. I'll prolly also need to sand out where the nuts land too to be sure we're metal to metal there.
The guy who's 8 we're working on has been caught up with work but I reckon there's nothing like something shiny and new to get us moving again. You watch, he'll stretch some new rubber onto those blackouts and it'll be all engines full ahead!