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    Painting bike rims/wheelset, how to?

    Ok here is my question. Simple in concept, complex in execution. I want to paint my mavic crossride wheelset. They are good, 2009 or something, kept in good order, but they are silver and I run disks, and honestly they just don't go with the rest of the bike. I want them to be either black or red anodized/metallic red. The thing is I don't want to have to replace a good wheelset for a similar one just based on color preferences, and I cant find good information on how to paint rims. What primer, paint and clearcote are usually used? Can they be found in spray cans at places like lowes or home depot? Right now I only plan on painting the rims but if the entire wheelset can be done then I may go for it. Any help will be much appreciated!

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    How about this. Or would it scratch and fade too easily?
    Dupli-Color :: Metal Specks

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    i don't know. maybe try googling it to see if it pops up in some other forum, and see how people's experiences were.

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    Well honestly the black will work just fine, so long as you are sure that will work well. Obviously I would have to apply it correctly too. Do I need to use their primer or clearcoat with that to make it work?

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    haven't used the wheel paint either! google up a car forum and see what they say about it.

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    Just paint it like you'd paint anything else of the same material - it's just a wheel.
    you're all over-thinking it with 'wheel' paint and car forums
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I used the Dupli color wheel paint in graphite gray and the clear one, which is the clear coat version.

    I've tested it around a few parts and last one I did was a pair of v-brake. I sandblasted them, then clean with soap and water, then alcohol. Then spray 2 coats of the gray paint and one of the clear. Then I like to heat up the clear till it starts to melt back with a heat gun to set the paint, but it's not mandatory. Result is great and the only damages are from hammering a near by part with a big cutting plier, so accuracy wasn't there

    It's been trough winter riding since a few months and no problem.

    I'd suggest to have the rims anodized however for the most and perfect durable finish.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    ^^^ what a dork - you have a reflector
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    ^^^ what a dork - you have a reflector
    Don't forget my mountain is right in downtown, so I gotta stay legit for the commutes
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Real clear coat is kind of a chemical bonding process, using a pretty elastic urethane clear. Almost all rattle can clears are very brittle, and dont chemically bond with the base coat or anything. They tend to peel quicker than a single stage rattle can paint, and arent as durable.

    Painting is all about prep. Get it sanded well, completely degreased, and lay thin, even coats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Don't forget my mountain is right in downtown, so I gotta stay legit for the commutes
    just givnin' ya crap, but since you mentioned it - to be 'legit' is to have LIGHTS
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Just paint it like you'd paint anything else of the same material - it's just a wheel.
    you're all over-thinking it with 'wheel' paint and car forums
    And what would I use to paint such material? I have little experience in these areas. Wouldn't having it anodized require taking the rim off the wheel to have it heat treated? I don't want to go that far since the riding season is about to start, and I assume doing it to the whole wheel without taking out the seals and plastic parts would result in damage, plus paint bonding. I just need a simple, elegant solution to make the rims more attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Bringer View Post
    And what would I use to paint such material? I have little experience in these areas. Wouldn't having it anodized require taking the rim off the wheel to have it heat treated? I don't want to go that far since the riding season is about to start, and I assume doing it to the whole wheel without taking out the seals and plastic parts would result in damage, plus paint bonding. I just need a simple, elegant solution to make the rims more attractive.
    Dood, really?
    You were planning on painting the RIM as a wheel (spokes included)?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I've heard of it done. But no, I will be painting the rim only and masking the spokes and everything else. I just figured to have it anodized the rim would have to be removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Bringer View Post
    I've heard of it done. But no, I will be painting the rim only and masking the spokes and everything else. I just figured to have it anodized the rim would have to be removed.
    well, expect substandard results, or do A LOT of work (more than rebuilding a wheel IMO)

    -just sayin'
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Why would anyone ever sell a wheelset in silver anyway. Damned annoying, now I have to fix Mavics product graphics design error. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    you're all over-thinking it
    It's winter. That's what we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    just givnin' ya crap, but since you mentioned it - to be 'legit' is to have LIGHTS
    I'm so bright already that legit is my moto
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    for op-

    Why not just get a color wheelset? Bicycle Wheel Warehouse has a set of closeout wheels for $109.(red color) They advertise at the top of the page you are now on.
    Black Spokes too. ^^^
    Take a look...
    Go in & look under closeouts.(clearance wheels)
    I got 2 sets for my wife's bikes. if they hold up, I might keep one for myself. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Why not just get a color wheelset? Bicycle Wheel Warehouse has a set of closeout wheels for $109.(red color) They advertise at the top of the page you are now on.
    Black Spokes too. ^^^
    Take a look...
    Go in & look under closeouts.(clearance wheels)
    I got 2 sets for my wife's bikes. if they hold up, I might keep one for myself. ...
    I just blew $390 for a new reba on the bike, and honestly, I'm using a set of mavic crossride's. They aren't the best, but they are pretty good wheels. I don't think I could get a better wheelset for about that price could I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Bringer View Post
    I just blew $390 for a new reba on the bike, and honestly, I'm using a set of mavic crossride's. They aren't the best, but they are pretty good wheels. I don't think I could get a better wheelset for about that price could I?
    Did you read the two reviews if you looked at the red wheelset @ BWW ?
    The guy mentioned the Mavic Crossrides there.Since you already have them,buying another wheelset would mean...you have 2 wheelsets.all I was trying to say was if it's gonna cost you too much to modify the Crossrides,you might want to look at the BWW red set.i had 2 sets of Crossrides before I got the BWW sets,but returned them because they did seem a bit too light to me.If they suit your style of riding,keep them.But if you spend a lot to paint them, maybe try the red set instead. (about $60 a wheel or so).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    It's winter. That's what we do.
    It's winter?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Did you read the two reviews if you looked at the red wheelset @ BWW ?
    The guy mentioned the Mavic Crossrides there.Since you already have them,buying another wheelset would mean...you have 2 wheelsets.all I was trying to say was if it's gonna cost you too much to modify the Crossrides,you might want to look at the BWW red set.i had 2 sets of Crossrides before I got the BWW sets,but returned them because they did seem a bit too light to me.If they suit your style of riding,keep them.But if you spend a lot to paint them, maybe try the red set instead. (about $60 a wheel or so).

    BWW is awesome - tell Chris that Chris sent ya!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    It's winter?
    Well, I'm told that it is. It got up to 82 here last week, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post

    BWW is awesome - tell Chris that Chris sent ya!
    X2.
    I don't have any complaints about them.I got 3 sets (2 26ers & 1 29er from them. All good.
    Gonna get Smo' soon too.
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    Thanks for the help guys. I'm starting to conclude that other than adding extra weight to the bike a manual paint job is not really worth it. Either I need to remove the rims and have them powder coated or just stop caring about it. Your comments have been quite insightful, I may use those paints to paint less critical bike parts actually. Does anyone here have any experience with polishing bike parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Bringer View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. I'm starting to conclude that other than adding extra weight to the bike a manual paint job is not really worth it. Either I need to remove the rims and have them powder coated or just stop caring about it. Your comments have been quite insightful, I may use those paints to paint less critical bike parts actually. Does anyone here have any experience with polishing bike parts?
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    Hey man, I don't see why you want to paint the wheelset anyway, if you have the Crossride UB (the real silvery one with the bladed spokes? )
    I told you I had 2 sets of them, and they are some of the most beautiful wheelsets I've ever seen. -certainly unique because of the silvery finish and the bladed spokes! You're making me want to go back and re-buy them.
    Don't mess them up with a bad paint job.
    Just look at another option that has color as that feature. Try going on torontocycles.com and see what they have & what they offer in terms of painting/coating.There are some threads here that teach how to anodize parts at home you might be interested in also...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Hi-
    Hey man, I don't see why you want to paint the wheelset anyway, if you have the Crossride UB (the real silvery one with the bladed spokes? )
    I told you I had 2 sets of them, and they are some of the most beautiful wheelsets I've ever seen. -certainly unique because of the silvery finish and the bladed spokes! You're making me want to go back and re-buy them.
    Don't mess them up with a bad paint job.
    Just look at another option that has color as that feature. Try going on torontocycles.com and see what they have & what they offer in terms of painting/coating.There are some threads here that teach how to anodize parts at home you might be interested in also...
    Haha don't worry man. I won't paint them, I've been taking a close look at them, and honestly, the bike should look pretty spectacular with some color coordination upgrades elsewhere. The wheels are pretty unique and exceedingly good. When I mentioned polishing it was with reference to my crank (deore lx hollowtech 2) which I really don't like the color on, I would prefer a bright chrome, brushed metal, or black look on them.

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    30 posts and still no pictures of the damn rims....

    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I figure its easier to just take a picture of the bike. Here it is, set up as is. The quality is bad because I snapped it in a hurry with my cell.


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    Hey OP-
    Just remember:
    (Now give me a minute to make up a little sumpin' sumpin' to say...)
    .............Oh.Here it is.

    It's not the bike that makes the rider...
    It's.....
    (You wanna fill it in or do you want me to do it?)
    OK.
    It's the rider that makes the bike.
    Yaaaaay!!!
    "No applause please"
    Thank You veddy much.
    Nah, just joking around pardner.
    I like your bike just fine.
    ---zarr
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    When you zoom past my old,jive,molded,anchient decrepit bahine,
    don't forget to holla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Hey OP-
    Just remember:
    (Now give me a minute to make up a little sumpin' sumpin' to say...)
    .............Oh.Here it is.

    It's not the bike that makes the rider...
    It's.....
    (You wanna fill it in or do you want me to do it?)
    OK.
    It's the rider that makes the bike.
    Yaaaaay!!!
    "No applause please"
    Thank You veddy much.
    Nah, just joking around pardner.
    I like your bike just fine.
    ---zarr
    P.S.-
    When you zoom past my old,jive,molded,anchient decrepit bahine,
    don't forget to holla.
    Oh yeah,
    I see you want to seek a style for your ride.
    Wait till I finish up and post my rides.
    I like style too.
    You better get started on your next ride.
    IT'S SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!! .
    roccowt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Oh yeah,
    I see you want to seek a style for your ride.
    Wait till I finish up and post my rides.
    I like style too.
    You better get started on your next ride.
    IT'S SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!! .
    Haha, your funny bro. There are a few more tweaks coming down the pipeline soon that should make her look quite a bit more attractive. I just need to actually get around to ordering the right parts. Go on and post up, you got me curious now. Looking at slick bikes is kind of like stargazing...in a stupidly mesmerizing kind of way haha.

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