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Offline N261YGM

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Powdercoating Wheels
on: January 06, 2021, 02:07:40 AM
Hi folks.

Sorry if this has already been covered elsewhere, I couldn't find the answers I was looking for.  But I'm wanting to change the colour of my wheels from Black to Gold.  What do I need to bear in mind when doing so?  I've spoken to a couple of ppl and have received conflicting information about removing bearings and taping off certain sections of the wheel.  Has anyone had their wheels powdercoated and whats the process?

Also what sort of cost am I looking at and are there any reputable folks that can do it for me? I'm based in Birmingham. 

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #1 on: January 06, 2021, 02:59:42 AM
Can't help you with where to go since I an in the US, but I have had a set powder coated. I removed the bearings, etc. Any decent powder coater should be sand blasting, cleaning, prepping the wheels for the coating process so i think it is safer to remove everything. They should also know what and how to mask off areas (bearing slots, rotor mounts, vaves, etc) off that need to stay bare. Plus, the wheels are baked after coating to set the paint, not sure what temps, but pretty hot, not sure I want my bearings, etc in that heat.

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #2 on: January 06, 2021, 10:48:01 AM
Topic moved as the "Forum Help and Support" board relates to help with forum issues, not the bike  :038:

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #3 on: January 06, 2021, 03:00:17 PM
I would of thought that if the job was done properly then they would be stripped down completely and done and then put back together, A proper job is when you do the things that cannot be seen when something is refitted, that in my eye is when a job is done professionally rather than cheap bodge job is done.

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 04:23:32 PM
Yes the wheel will need to be stripped off its bearings etc... before the process begins.

Depending on the place you take the wheel too, they may do this for you and then refit, or you could remove them yourself before handing over the wheels.

Personally, I would remove them myself as they aren't a difficult job to do and I would know that they have been removed carefully and not just smashed out. Likewise, id refit them myself too, and its also a good opportunity to push a fresh set of beatings in.

As far as the process goes, a reputable company will tape off any areas that do not require coating and they will of course fully strip off the old paint / powder coat before coating them with your new colour.

Cost wise. If you're handing over loose wheels with the tyres, bearings etc ... already removed I would be budgeting a max of 100  per wheel.

I cant reccomend anyone local to you unfortunately.

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 05:04:51 PM
Thats brilliant advice.  Thank you.

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #6 on: January 06, 2021, 09:01:44 PM
Honestly I'd speak to as many local powder coaters as you can, then choose very carefully based on your discussions. Cheapest doesn't mean the worst and most expensive doesn't mean the best. Any of them are perfectly capable of destroying your wheels. Ask me how I know!

I had one company that thought it was ok to powder coat the disc mounting faces! A lot of time spent with scrapers and sandpaper to sort that one out. Another company decided to shotblast inside the wheel bearing housings, well I'm sure you can guess what that meant. Both supposedly wheel specialists too, not just a run of the mill powder coating firm.

I'm not trying to put you off and would get them done again I just wouldn't let anyone do the important stuff, I'd do it myself in future. I'm thinking of going the same blue as the Motorsport colours on mine.

Personally I'd leave the bearings and seals fitted for the acid dipping and blasting process then mask them over before coating, you can then go round with a blade before removing them so as not to flake any coating off. Key is in prep like any paintwork. Masking is difficult with powdercoat and you need heat proof tape, usually plastic and it will flake easily when removed if not careful. I usually find it works very well to mask up and use a fine file to remove the excess around the edges before coating and if necessary again before removal, it avoids the flaking and potential raggy edges. We get a lot of stuff powdercoated where I work and you'd be surprised how many 'specialists' are ou there that can't get it right. When done right it's a very hard yet durable finish that's paint quality. Easy to get it wrong though!

I'd expect to pay around 80 a wheel, can't recommend anyone local to you or me unfortunately!

I've heard good stuff about Triple S who are somewhere in Yorkshire. Never had anything done but know people who have and were impressed. I've seen their stand at several shows and work looks spot on, I think they do a post service.

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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #7 on: January 07, 2021, 01:48:57 PM
Your quite fortunate, you have these guys n girls on your door step, they did my Dad's 1960s BSA a couple of years ago, rebuilding the wheels and blasting/powdercoating the hubs, brake plates etc, being bikers and wheel specialists, they know what you need.  give them a call.

https://www.central-wheel.co.uk/products.html


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Re: Powdercoating Wheels
Reply #8 on: January 07, 2021, 03:24:13 PM
 :028: awesome.  Will do, thanks.

 



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