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    Anyone ever paint their rims to make their bike look cool?

    Just wondering if anyone has ever tried this? I have Mavic X-117 disc rims on my bike, im a big fan of yellow rims (the deemax's), but dont have the funds to buy them. Does anyone have any idea how to go about doing this? My bike is a Black Cannondale f600, with white writing.

    http://www.eightytwo.org/gallery/Gen...nondale?full=1

    i probably wont end up doing it for fear of making my bike look like crap..

    all criticism and suggestions welcome...

    one more thing, does anyone have any idea if these rims are tubless compatible.. i cant find any info on them..

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    Not tubeless compatible unless you go with Stan's No tubes system. www.notubes.com

    Oh yeah, painting your rims is a BAD idea. It won't stick, won't last and will look like crap in 2 months.
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    I have seen the white stripe affect but I generally don't paint things

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    Bad Idea

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    They chip and look bad after the first ride. Home paint jobs are never as good as factory paint jobs, unless you're a professional with pro paint equipment. Stans Notubes will do it. I did that to my singlespeed and it's been working great for months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhattTyre
    They chip and look bad after the first ride. Home paint jobs are never as good as factory paint jobs, unless you're a professional with pro paint equipment. .
    Even if he has pro paint equipment he won't have the desired look without Powdercoating.

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    If it was well primed(zinc chromate) and propperly done and baked(yes it has to be baked) it would be acceptible for a roadie or a light use trail bike. Disc only though. I have seen friends try to use rim brakes and it results in problems. For as little as anodize and powdercoat shops cost anymore(we have a lot done for my shop) it is not worth the hassle. A few older department store bikes were painted wheels. They suffered from rust like crazy after the paint wore off the steel brake surfaces.
    Personally I prefer the look of straight aluminum, polished if not matte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikerinpa
    Personally I prefer the look of straight aluminum, polished if not matte.
    Same here.

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    thanks for the advice guys..

    i dont have any professional painting stuff, and to get them painted by a pro would probably cost more than what the rims are worth anyway.. the bike looks cool as it is i figure, everything is black, black rims, black spokes, black hubs, black frame.. when i get out of school and get a real job maybe ill be able to upgrade to a better bike. Since its minus a million outside with a million feet of snow, its hard to look at my bike sitting there doing nothing..

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    dont know about the tubeless, but i do know that painting ANY rim will substantaily reduce the braking power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hebrew_rider
    dont know about the tubeless, but i do know that painting ANY rim will substantaily reduce the braking power.
    even when using disc brakes with disc rims? i dont see how that would happen

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    On a coaster brake or disc brake all that would be a factor is chipping from trail/road debris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    even when using disc brakes with disc rims? i dont see how that would happen
    i meant using v-brakes
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