No the weights were not removed. Funny you asked that. The plastidip peeled a little around the weights.
I'm new to plastidip. This is my first experience.I guess it gets more durable after 2 weeks, but I don't think it could withstand a tire balance machine. I think mounting and attaching new weights would tear various places around the rim edge. There is a fix it kit - https://www.dipyourcar.com/Fix-Kit-A...n-YouTube.html
It's more work and maintenance than powder coating. But it's kinda fun and much cheaper. I didn't plan on the rims looking so good. My rims are trashed. This was an attempt to see how I like having dark colored rims. Also to buy me some time while I find someone reasonable that can powder coat them. I went to a very reputable company that specializes in reconditioning OEM rims and they told me that they cannot repair all of the pitting or bubbling because it's a chemical reaction that has altered the physical composition of the rim. But they will give it their best shot for around $250 per rim. I can buy reconditioned ones for that.
$225 from this place - http://www.originalwheels.com/lexus-...702006rims.php
and $219 from here - http://www.hubcaphaven.com/gx470_wheels.htm
I don't plan on getting the tires balanced until they need to be replaced in 2-3 years. I plan on buying new larger rims, once I can find some that I like and these will be winter rims. Once these are my 2nd set, I will probably paint them myself with something more permanent.