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    spoke spray paint

    i have very old rims. i wanna paint the spokes to black to make them look lil bit better lol

    Will this change the weight of the wheel? (i'm looking at "DupliColor flat black" product.)

    If its ok to paint, then how should i spray? i'm not planning to disassemble the spokes.

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    Of course, a coat of paint weighs something. Not so much, however, as materially to alter the way a bike rides. I'm not terribly in favour of spraying paint on to a bicycle frame, because you waste more than you actually get on to it, but I can see the argument for it to achieve a good finish, and the waste is just a regrettable by-product of the process. I would consider it ridiculous even to consider spray-painting spokes, though, because of the small target they present. A brush is the way to proceed here, after a thorough cleaning, degreasing and preparation. Use longitudinal strokes, as brushing across the spokes will cause spattering.
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    As with spray painting anything, you need to prep it properly. People just spray over the metal and it eventually looks like arse. If you wet sand your spokes and whatever else you want to spray, you will create a better bonding surface, then clean it with denatured alcohol, or whatever anyone else suggests. my trick for spray painting is get a bucket of warm...not hot, water and put your spray paint in it, let the can soak in the warm water for about 10 min, make sure the water stays warm. i learned this from "rattle canning". with that said....BE PATIENT since the area is so small dont try to get it all in one or two coats. if you do it in 3 or 4, you should get it evenly without drips. (1st and 2nd coat should not provide full coverage) I have rattle canned just about everything you can think of from my 86 toyotas exterior, to the interior of my Evolution 8. everyone says it but nobody listens, spray painting can look really nice and last a really long time if you prep it right and dont rush it. if it looks like crap, just strip the paint...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proofide View Post
    Of course, a coat of paint weighs something. Not so much, however, as materially to alter the way a bike rides. I'm not terribly in favour of spraying paint on to a bicycle frame, because you waste more than you actually get on to it, but I can see the argument for it to achieve a good finish, and the waste is just a regrettable by-product of the process. I would consider it ridiculous even to consider spray-painting spokes, though, because of the small target they present. A brush is the way to proceed here, after a thorough cleaning, degreasing and preparation. Use longitudinal strokes, as brushing across the spokes will cause spattering.
    using brush is better than spraying? if so what kinda brush should i get??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopsing08 View Post
    As with spray painting anything, you need to prep it properly. People just spray over the metal and it eventually looks like arse. If you wet sand your spokes and whatever else you want to spray, you will create a better bonding surface, then clean it with denatured alcohol, or whatever anyone else suggests. my trick for spray painting is get a bucket of warm...not hot, water and put your spray paint in it, let the can soak in the warm water for about 10 min, make sure the water stays warm. i learned this from "rattle canning". with that said....BE PATIENT since the area is so small dont try to get it all in one or two coats. if you do it in 3 or 4, you should get it evenly without drips. (1st and 2nd coat should not provide full coverage) I have rattle canned just about everything you can think of from my 86 toyotas exterior, to the interior of my Evolution 8. everyone says it but nobody listens, spray painting can look really nice and last a really long time if you prep it right and dont rush it. if it looks like crap, just strip the paint...
    i heard someone saying spin the wheel while you spray. is this correcT?

    what happens if i dun spray the paint evenly on both side of the rim?

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Dupli...Q5fAccessories

    Any of you guys tried "Duplicolor DPE104 Paint Professional Semi-Gloss Black"?
    how's this for spokes painting??I'm not sure how SEMI-GLOSS looks like lol..

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    I've done the flat black spray paint to cover up some really ugly old spokes and rims. Works fine. Dry weight is insignificant unless you have the stuff dripping off. I simply spun the wheel quickly and sprayed in a direction that would not get on the frame. Change angle occasionally to get maximum coverage in tight areas. Spinning the wheel is the easiest way to get even coverage, allows for thin coats, and seems to aid the drying process. Spraying spokes is a bit wasteful, but who cares when you're using cheap flat black spray paint, which is what I used. Results have lasted perfectly well. Multiple light coats are better than a single thick drippy coat. I can't imagine brushing would actually look as good. If you're going for gloss or other colors, You may need to do a good prep. Flat black is a quick and dirty cover-up, which is why it's so often used for old rat bikes and such. Hides the ugly, easily repaired with more spray. I suspect gloss and/or lighter colors will show blemishes much more readily.

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    well, it wont make enough difference for you to worry about it unless it looks bad. if it looks bad, just wet sand it again and start a new coat.... wet sanding FTW

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