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Old 03-24-08, 11:36 AM   #1
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Painting over a machined brake surface?

Who has done this and what were your methods?

I have a wheel that has been slightly braked on, but with no noticeable signs of wear. I was thinking of using something to remove the brake residue and then just fizz canning it black.

However I am concerned about all the paint just falling off immediately after doing so.
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Who has done this and what were your methods?

I have a wheel that has been slightly braked on, but with no noticeable signs of wear. I was thinking of using something to remove the brake residue and then just fizz canning it black.

However I am concerned about all the paint just falling off immediately after doing so.
prep prep and more prep to the surface. if a surface is prepped well, it will greatly reduce the likely hood of paint falling off
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a few of my friends did this on rims (unlaced). they removed all stickers and cleaned the hell out of the rims w/ simple green, but didn't do anything special to the surface. looked great for awhile, but they stopped riding them after a few months.
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It can be done

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The only downside to painting rims is that unless you have super loose fitting tires the paint is gonna chip at the edges when mounting tires,fixing flats etc.
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i bought a set of black aeroheads from a friend who had machined the surface with his brake... i bought a black magnum paint marker and markered right over it. looks great.
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i bought a set of black aeroheads from a friend who had machined the surface with his brake... i bought a black magnum paint marker and markered right over it. looks great.
Never thought of that. That way the tires would not need to be removed.

What should I use to remove the traces of brake residue?
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