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Hi,


i've got the front end of my ZX9r stripped down at present to overhaul the forks (chromes knackered) and thought i'd have a go at polishing the wheels up a bit.


used solvent to degrease but then thought the alloy wheel would look better if i polish a few blemishes out. t-cut seemed like a fine abrasive liquid to use but very quickly i found out that the rims appear to be painted!!! the grey finish to the wheel is starting to come off and exposing a white surface. the rims on the wheel are smooth and the spokes rough cast. it's only the rims that are affected.


can anyone tell me if bike wheels are painted and if so, how best to polish them up (i.e. do i have to strip all the paint off to the metal and start again?) i just assumed they would be solid metal

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Hi,


i've got the front end of my ZX9r stripped down at present to overhaul the forks (chromes knackered) and thought i'd have a go at polishing the wheels up a bit.


used solvent to degrease but then thought the alloy wheel would look better if i polish a few blemishes out. t-cut seemed like a fine abrasive liquid to use but very quickly i found out that the rims appear to be painted!!! the grey finish to the wheel is starting to come off and exposing a white surface. the rims on the wheel are smooth and the spokes rough cast. it's only the rims that are affected.


can anyone tell me if bike wheels are painted and if so, how best to polish them up (i.e. do i have to strip all the paint off to the metal and start again?) i just assumed they would be solid metal

 

alloy wheels are painted, car and bike, stops them oxidising and looking dull, which is why car wheels will bubble, you would have to get through the paint and primer (white) then polish them up, but you'd have to keep on doing them otherwise the finish will be lacklustre and naff, and it will white spot, with the rain.

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... then polish them up, but you'd have to keep on doing them otherwise the finish will be lacklustre and naff, and it will white spot, with the rain.

 

well i'd rather polish the wheels occationally than leave them scuffed and scratched like they are now.


i guess i'll bite the bullet and strip all the paint off. i'm sure i can lacquer them to keep the shine. thanks anyway :cheers:

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... then polish them up, but you'd have to keep on doing them otherwise the finish will be lacklustre and naff, and it will white spot, with the rain.

 

well i'd rather polish the wheels occationally than leave them scuffed and scratched like they are now.


i guess i'll bite the bullet and strip all the paint off. i'm sure i can lacquer them to keep the shine. thanks anyway :cheers:

if you take them back to the alloy, you can always get them repainted if you get tired of polishing..

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