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Looks great. +1 for powder coating. Makes a huge difference. Had my 13 year old ones powder coated too to Anthracite earlier this year and makes a huge difference. Few pics of my powder coated wheels below:

 

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I wish I'd had mine done. I had three (or was it four?) replacement sets on my IS250 when it was under warranty. I asked whether the wheels were as bad on the IS300h when I traded my IS250 in and was reassured that the supplier had been changed and all was fine now. Apparently at one point, wheel changes were pre-authorised whenever an 2nd Gen IS came in for a service!

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The issue only affected early pre-facelift cars with 17-18inch wheels (not sure even 16 inch were affected that much) and bonnets. From what I have heard it was an issue with aluminium primer they used.

Face-lifted models didn't this have issue, so it was fixed long before 3rd gen came out.

Obviously, with wheels changes under service dealers probably were doing the same thing - just sending them to be refurbished and swapping wheels from various clients.

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I think it is important to separate wheels when the pain bubble and peal by itself, from the cases where wheels has been kerbed and then starts bubbling/peeling around the damaged area.

The pre-facelift wheels paint would just fail "almost" by itself and that is why they have very poor name for themselves. That said I had a set of wheels which were from face-lifted "advance" model and they were badly kerbed for over a year and did not peel at all, same for any powder coated wheels.. If you actually start picking around the damaged area after few month you can usually chip the coating away as it still get's loose, but because it is much thicker and harder is doesn't peel by itself like original factory paint.

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