Painting Wheels

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I need some tips on painting wheels. Can I paint over chrome rims with little more than scuffing them up with sand paper? Any tips on painting the wheels and spokes without taking the wheel completely apart? (Spokes will be same color as rims... black in this case). What rattle can paint to use? I do have HVPL guns but seems like over kill for bike frame and wheels.

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When painting a smooth surface you need the right primer, Sherwin Williams has a primmer that will work, at least they did before the pandemic. I would still sand the surface first.
 

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You could have them powder coated with out tearing them down. But if to paint them, I would scuff up rim & spokes, then use etching primer & prime. As for rattle can paint, krylon fusion paint is really good, idk what is in that paint but it is a really good paint for anything I have used it on including metal.
 

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Here’s one primer that I’ve used on slick surfaces.
 

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Thanks.. I did find that in the SW website, Glad you can recocmend it.
 

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The problem might be using rim brakes, I don’t know how well it will hold up.
 

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Yes leave the sides of the rims unpainted so your rim brakes will work and also now you won't scratch or chip the paint when changing tires
 

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I need some tips on painting wheels. Can I paint over chrome rims with little more than scuffing them up with sand paper? Any tips on painting the wheels and spokes without taking the wheel completely apart? (Spokes will be same color as rims... black in this case). What rattle can paint to use? I do have HVPL guns but seems like over kill for bike frame and wheels.

Thanks,

Dennis
Use two part epoxy auto epoxy paint( you can get it in a spray can now), it last forever. Yes, wet/dry with some water and scuff it till it's dull. Then was with alcohol or brake cleaner and hit any spots you missed. Then clean again, an you're ready to paint. Make sure the rim is at least 70 degree's before painting ( in a nice warm room) or you might have some spots not stick right. Oh and don't paint the brake sides, it will just rub off anyway and the chrome is what gives it a super hard surface to resist wearing out so fast. So don't scuff the chrome off the brake friction area.
 

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Had not thought about the braking surface and I will be using caliper brakes on this one for now. Great ideas. Thanks!
 
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