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Old 10-07-2013, 08:20 PM
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What prep work do i need to do to the rim to make it adhere better. I saw plenty off people that did this and they swere it holds up long term but i cant find any prep work. Its a 2002 yz 125. The rims are aluminum obviously. Im thinking degrease the rim with simple green scub with brush rines then wipe rubbing alcohold all over then let dry. Tape spokes. First light coat then heavy coats. 4 coats. What do you guys think.
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I wouldn't use rubbing alcohol. It's about 30% water and I bet it would get in the spoke nipples. MEK or lacquer thinner would make a good final cleaner.
I can't help but think this is going to add a lot of unsprung weight to your wheels.
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I just have to ask...

why?
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When you start to wonder why no one does certain things..... there's a reason why. There is no advantage to doing mods to wheels.
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Bad idea to do them in plasti dip ....dont do it
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:55 PM
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I have to agree with the general consensious of why??
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I have to agree with everyone else? Why? I see no benifit in doing it. If your going to go thru all that effort get them powder coated.
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Nickmazz, unfortunately the replies haven't supported your plan. Don't take it as a negative, keep asking questions and keep working on that bike. If you do figure out how to make plasti dip work, post it up, someone will appreciate it.

The only method I would consider for coloring rims would be anodizing.
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Sorry, really wasn't trying to be negative.
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It takes like 1 hour and 30 min. powdercoating i need to take apart the whole rim. THey plastic dip full size off road trucks and they say prep is key. I guess laquar thinner is the way to go.
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Thanks. When I saw plasti dip, was thinking of the stuff we used to dip wrench handles in and such. I just checked it out and saw some wheel kits, different colors, etc. be sure to post some pics when you're finished, I'd like to see the results.
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I too was thinking of the tool dipping stuff. It was also called Plasti-Dip. I was trying to picture dipping a thin brush into that tall yellow can and putting it on dirt bike rims.
I was having a hard time picturing why someone would do this.
After Googling around, I can see that a new line of finish products is out there. I'm anxious to see them and see how they work. I've had pretty good results using DupliColor spray-on bedliner for stuff that needs to take rough treatment. It's kind of limited on colors though.
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I have plasti diped a lot of things and the reason I say dont do it to a bike rim is because you can spray things as a whole and the stuff holds up pretty good and if you ever need to peel it off you just get an edge going and it comes off in a rubbery sheet, but I have learned if you need to mask off anything thats close to the spray when you go to pull the tape off because its so rubbery it want to pull the whole thing off, unless you sit with an exacto knife and cut it real nice. But being on a dirt bike rim where your going to change tires hit rocks and dirt I dont think it would take much before it starts to peel off
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Thanks. When I saw plasti dip, was thinking of the stuff we used to dip wrench handles in and such. I just checked it out and saw some wheel kits, different colors, etc. be sure to post some pics when you're finished, I'd like to see the results.
My understanding is it's basically the same thing, just with a wider array of applications and application styles.
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These are my wifes wheels plasti dip they were chrome


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I have a friend that bought a bike with this done by the previous owner. I would not recommend it. I dont think it looks that great and when the seal of the plastic is broken, by a chip or scratch, it will start to peel.
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