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    Removing lettering etc on rim

    I want to re-powdercoat my rims and before I do it I want to sand back some ugly casting marks and also the manufacturers name, rim size markings etc because they look dreadful as they are blurred by the powdercoating

    I will be putting the bike over the pits at a later date so I want to know if there is any requirement to keep these markings visible

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    What sort of rims are they and off what bike?

    I doubt that any pit inspectors will be looking that closely at wheel markings. Not something I have ever come across with inspections I have had to undertake.

    Contact Steve's motorcycles in Midland as they are licensed inspection garage for a straight answer.
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    Stock Brembo rims from an Aprilia RS250.

    They look tacky IMO with the lettering ill-defined and lots of casting marks

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    I pitted mine..they looked at the rim sizes. And filled it on the form.

    But do what you like.

    EDIT .. in hindsight it was rim/tyre size they looked at...maybe speed rating????
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    Powdercoating is great for gates, hand rails, basically any building product for your house. And a cost-effective way for making automotive parts look shiny and new from a distance, for a while. Ever tried polishing plastic though? Or touching it up once it's scratched?

    The correct way to do rims is:

    Vapour blast (Soda's fine but more effort)
    2 pac paint

    See a spray painter such as the excellent potato. He can apply the paint in such a way that you can even still see all of the factory tooling marks on your Brembo Aprilia RS250 wheels, just like he did mine. And repair them to perfection if you notice a rim was slightly out of round, as he did mine. They were attached to my bike and its won awards, been in magazines, made the rounds on forums and Facebook etc, so they aren't terrible

    ...Unless your previous powdercoater sandblasted the detail away. As a heat-intensive, industrial process is likely to.

    The lettering is kinda important. So are considerations like crack propagation from defects caused by errant die-grinders.

    I'd see how they look once the existing coating has been removed before committing to any decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loud View Post
    Powdercoating is great for gates, hand rails, basically any building product for your house. And a cost-effective way for making automotive parts look shiny and new from a distance, for a while. Ever tried polishing plastic though? Or touching it up once it's scratched?

    The correct way to do rims is:

    Vapour blast (Soda's fine but more effort)
    2 pac paint

    See a spray painter such as the excellent potato. He can apply the paint in such a way that you can even still see all of the factory tooling marks on your Brembo Aprilia RS250 wheels, just like he did mine. And repair them to perfection if you notice a rim was slightly out of round, as he did mine. They were attached to my bike and its won awards, been in magazines, made the rounds on forums and Facebook etc, so they aren't terrible

    ...Unless your previous powdercoater sandblasted the detail away. As a heat-intensive, industrial process is likely to.

    The lettering is kinda important. So are considerations like crack propagation from defects caused by errant die-grinders.

    I'd see how they look once the existing coating has been removed before committing to any decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by potato View Post
    much more fun and accomplishment than doing run of the mill smash work on bodged up covered with obscure shit ching chong jap bikes, sorry, ill informed owners cheaping out and wanting to customise their honsuzkaw with perceived " value" parts.

    baaa.

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    Uhhh well I did want this on the GSXR you're doing...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Loud View Post
    Powdercoating is great for gates, hand rails, basically any building product for your house. And a cost-effective way for making automotive parts look shiny and new from a distance, for a while.
    That's kind of what I thought. It's good at hiding detail and making stuff look generic'. BUT I also thought that powder coating was much more hardy?

    Vapour blasting is strong enough to get the powder coating off? I always though it was too gentle?

    Still got the original powder coating so I can't imagine the detail is blasted away but I'll be interested to see how it looks without it

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    I used to think powder coating was good too. Did lots of car parts with it, and stuff for my RS125. It's a last resort now. There are just far better paint products out there for every circumstance.

    In terms of hardiness, there are paints available now that are used on firearms in the States. Super thin, but so tough you can attack them with steel wool and gravel without damage. And moisture hardening clears that are pretty tough themselves.

    Powder coating is just plastic bead melted over your parts in a layer. Some places apply it well, some blob it on. Same as sandblasting - some are artisans, some remove detail. It's a risk because the process itself is so aggressive and has the by-product of generating heat through friction.

    Vapour blasting is sandblasting with the exact same blasting media contained in water. The water eliminates heat. It also makes the media "bite" harder - think of a regular hammer versus a Dead Blow hammer. So it can be gentle as soda or strip powder coating quickly off. And the results are far more safe and consistent even if the operator isn't too interested. The machinery costs far more though, so it's a more expensive process.
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