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Offline Gr8uncleal

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Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« on: June 28, 2022, 11:09:50 AM »
What is the best/easiest/cheapest/cleanest way to remove a diy paintjob on RD400C cast wheels?

I'm mulling over shot blasting, a wire brush on a drill or a paint remover such as Nitro Mors - any strong recommendations out there?

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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2022, 11:38:59 AM »
soda-blasting. Rent one of those big ones if you are in a hurry :-)
The result is fabulous. Absolutely clean and no oil or grease left. Just wash off and repaint
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2022, 11:56:09 AM »
Thanks Tore.

Original Yamaha spec was unpainted, so that's how I'll be having them.
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2022, 12:01:22 PM »
I had my RD400c wheels sand blasted (very fine media) to clean the PO paint off. I had scrubbed with Scotchbrite, acetone, oven cleaner, wire wheels and wire brushes for weeks and had less than 1/4 done on one wheel. I think vapor blasting (also called vapor honing) would be great, but there were no services near me. Mine looks good so far, but seems quite rough and may pick up dirt and grease rapidly. Glass bead would give a smoother surface, but again you need to find a service that will handle items that large. Soda may be the best bet in general because it can be done in the open and let the media be washed away. If you have a large compressor, the outfits and media are afgordable. Some of the wheel paints are VERY tough, though!
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2022, 12:26:38 PM »
Do not bother with nitro moors. It's been reformulated from old days and now useless.
Couple of years back got 5 liter can of industrial stripper off eBay. That really works. Not supposed to be sold to public though!!
Most places will turn you down for shot blasting if they think its powder coat. Too tough and takes up too much time.
Did read of one guy who went to place who dipped in HF acid. Extremely dangerous and professional use only. It will strip the calcium out of your bones  :o :o Its why the Victorians used to etch glass with it.

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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2022, 12:43:05 PM »
Definitely not powder coated and some of the paint is chipped off in places already.

Because of the pace I work at (sloooooow!  :o :-[  :D) and the fact that I have 14 bikes crammed into the garage, any method that could be done with the wheels in situ (and therefore the bike manoeuvrable) would be preferred. However, if this isn't possible, then so be it.
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2022, 07:23:17 PM »
Definitely not powder coated and some of the paint is chipped off in places already.

Because of the pace I work at (sloooooow!  :o :-[  :D) and the fact that I have 14 bikes crammed into the garage, any method that could be done with the wheels in situ (and therefore the bike manoeuvrable) would be preferred. However, if this isn't possible, then so be it.

I have some paint stripper that will take anything off but just discovered its no longer available on ebay. It used ot be called power strip but I think you just need something with Methylene Chloride in it. Found this link that looks like same stuff and has all the warnings suggesting its the good stuff :) - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262406297305?hash=item3d18a256d9:g:-~YAAOSwmJ1ilOHX
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2022, 07:54:10 PM »
Definitely not powder coated and some of the paint is chipped off in places already.

Because of the pace I work at (sloooooow!  :o :-[  :D) and the fact that I have 14 bikes crammed into the garage, any method that could be done with the wheels in situ (and therefore the bike manoeuvrable) would be preferred. However, if this isn't possible, then so be it.

I have some paint stripper that will take anything off but just discovered its no longer available on ebay. It used ot be called power strip but I think you just need something with Methylene Chloride in it. Found this link that looks like same stuff and has all the warnings suggesting its the good stuff :) - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262406297305?hash=item3d18a256d9:g:-~YAAOSwmJ1ilOHX

Thanks for posting. However, looking at the item specifics and their feedback, it looks like they'll only sell it to someone with a HSE certificate.
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2022, 09:06:58 PM »
A tip I reveived the other day is the new Nitromors is much more effecvtive if after applying it you seal  the item in a plastic bag for a while , not tried it , but gotta be worth a try i reckon
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2022, 09:26:21 PM »
Bluey had peeling chrome engine cases. I removed most using an abrasive flap wheel and then finished with wet & dry.
You will need a few of different shapes for a cast wheel but its quite messy

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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2022, 04:49:19 PM »
Definitely not powder coated and some of the paint is chipped off in places already.

Because of the pace I work at (sloooooow!  :o :-[  :D) and the fact that I have 14 bikes crammed into the garage, any method that could be done with the wheels in situ (and therefore the bike manoeuvrable) would be preferred. However, if this isn't possible, then so be it.

I have some paint stripper that will take anything off but just discovered its no longer available on ebay. It used ot be called power strip but I think you just need something with Methylene Chloride in it. Found this link that looks like same stuff and has all the warnings suggesting its the good stuff :) - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262406297305?hash=item3d18a256d9:g:-~YAAOSwmJ1ilOHX

Thanks for posting. However, looking at the item specifics and their feedback, it looks like they'll only sell it to someone with a HSE certificate.

The ones Ive bought from previously also say things like that but if you place an order they seem to just send it. Just covering their arses I guess. I dont know about that one specifically though
Have a look at this previous thread as it mentioned another chemical that works! - https://www.aircooledrdclub.com/smf/index.php?topic=63927.msg506429#msg506429

and a link thats still there - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265345132854?epid=1261136343&hash=item3dc7cd6936:g:PFwAAMXQltxQ7Tz5
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2022, 07:31:04 PM »
Remove wheels and tyres etc.  Treat with a proper paint stripper (methyl chloride) using fresh air site to avoid fumes or contact with skin. Water blast off remains.  Go over whole wheel with scotchbite and paraffin.  This should give you a reasonable OE type finish.  The C/D rims were machine smooth finish, spokes, edges and inside faces were a rough moulded finish so, polishing is not OE.  E/F wheels had machined rim and spoke outside edges with hard satin black/red finish on the rough moulded inside faces.  I think the E/F wheels were painted all over on outside and then machined over the whole rim area, spoke edges and the outside areas of the hub, leaving the black/red in the unmachined areas.

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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2022, 10:38:08 AM »
Hi Al , scroll down for home Soda Blast option that I posted on here, got pretty decent result, finished with Scotchbrite pads. A light Solvol on the rims. Having said that Ive done another set that I have painted and highlighted the spokes as I prefer them on the yellow D models
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2022, 05:56:00 PM »
Gents,

Don't get too excited but today I tried the Screwfix No Nonsense brand paint stripper. Bought the smallest bottle, just in case.

Coated my tacho and speedo cups liberally and guess what? It actually blistered the paint and shifted it...... :o

Followed the instructions, took an hour, but it lifted the layers of paint off. Not as good as my old stock decent stuff but far better than the new 'safe' Nitromors. Utter rubbish.
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Re: Best way to remove aftermarket wheel paint
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2022, 06:23:27 PM »
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