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Offline bigthaw

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STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« on: October 11, 2020, 07:19:50 pm »
I have to get the Black paint off my new to me '13 black C14  wheels.......thinking about blasting them at a powdercoater....anyone done this? Just cant see using aircraft stripper and doing it by hand...it would kill my back...can't....suggestions?... hate black wheels on my bikes, anyone blasted them?...
btw black 2 bros slip on for sale...
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2020, 08:49:34 pm »
powder coat or ebay...buy a set and sell a set


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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2020, 09:25:17 pm »
I have to get the Black paint off my new to me '13 black C14  wheels...... hate black wheels on my bikes

Don't know how to get them to being properly silver, but I can certainly relate to your desire.  Not sure why Kawasaki changed them in the first place.  Perhaps black is easier to keep clean looking or something, but I think silver looks SO much better.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 02:48:36 am »
 :rotflmao:
I had mine powdercoated black as I have never liked silver wheels. Each to their own  ;D

You can either get yours powdercoated silver, or if you want bling-bling, get them media-blasted and polished, then lacquered.
Other options, as others have suggested, would be to buy a set of silver ones and then sell your black ones.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 10:28:44 am »
Check locally for a company that will strip the wheels. They dip them in vats of stripper and it’s usually not too expensive. I’ve stripped lots of powder-coat and it is a PITA. Very tough stuff.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 04:16:53 pm »
Are you looking for a specific color, or just bare edges? I had silver wheels, bought black wheels and used aircraft stripper to clean them up as seen. I spent about $20 on stripper/gloves/tape/rags and this really needs to be done with the wheels off of the bike. Sandblasting will not leave the bright OEM finish that is under the paint, and they can't make the sharp defined line along the edge. 
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 04:19:45 pm »
Are you looking for a specific color, or just bare edges? I had silver wheels, bought black wheels and used aircraft stripper to clean them up as seen. I spent about $20 on stripper/gloves/tape/rags and this really needs to be done with the wheels off of the bike. Sandblasting will not leave the bright OEM finish that is under the paint, and they can't make the sharp defined line along the edge.

I spent $20 on a stripper once...  :facepalm:

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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2020, 04:23:11 pm »
Maybe find someone that wants to swap?
If I was closer, I'd swap my silver wheels with you. I'm probably going to have them powdercoated gold anyway.

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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2020, 05:32:35 pm »
I spent $20 on a stripper once...  :facepalm:
:rotflmao:   gloves and tape,too?
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2020, 09:19:08 pm »
I did the same as ZRX mitch, stripped the outer edges. I used regular household paint stripper & course steel wool, paint comes off pretty easy. I painted the centers with a rattle can, still looks good after several years & at least 75,000 miles.

I probably spent $20.00 also, stripper, paint & steel wool.

Do not sand blast if you want the shiny look.

« Last Edit: October 13, 2020, 06:05:43 am by Justcliff »
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2020, 10:33:48 pm »
I am surprised the bare metal holds up so well.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2020, 04:24:11 pm »
A touch of Mothers aluminum polish once per year is all it takes.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2020, 04:39:48 pm »
A touch of Mothers aluminum polish once per year is all it takes.

Exactly right, once or twice a year. If you're really annal & want them to look like mirrors just do them every few months.

I use semichrome polish, same as I've done since the 70's. Great stuff!
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2020, 04:48:24 pm »
Exactly right, once or twice a year. If you're really annal & want them to look like mirrors just do them every few months.

Meh, too lazy for that :)  Plus, I don't really want bling :) :)

I'll stick with my silver powdercoat.  Although it can be a pain to get dark brake/road grime out of the crevasses.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2020, 09:10:40 pm »
Thanks all for the response...pics look great....maybe i'll just do the edges and not the spokes....the good pictures got me thinking now...!!!!
   Thanks guys................glad i asked ...!!
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2020, 10:10:46 pm »
ZRX and Justcliff...what color tape did you use...blue? what brand tape....??
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2020, 06:18:58 am »
ZRX and Justcliff...what color tape did you use...blue? what brand tape....??

I really have no idea, that was a long time ago & my memory is long gone. It was whatever I happened to have the most of at the time laying around. Blue, green, beige, electrical, packing or a combination is the best I can tell ya. Scratch the green, don't think I've ever bought any of that.

I'm pretty sure that the paint was wheel paint from the parts store though.
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Re: STRIP BLACK PAINT OFF WHEELS.....suggestions
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2020, 04:51:45 pm »
I used blue painters tape. Apply it so that it covers some of the rough center between the spokes and some of the smooth part that you will strip, and press the tape firmly against the wheel. Press and roll a socket over the tape along the sharp edge between the rough center and smooth area, cutting the tape along that sharp edge and giving you a very sharp line to separate the stripped area from the center that will not be stripped. Apply stripper, wait, wipe off the bubbled paint. Repeat as necessary.

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