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    powdercoat aerospoke?

    i really hate to ask this question but i have searched and havent found exactly what i was looking for. i know that aerospokes come painted from the factory as well as get painted by many people with rattle cans, but my question is, is it alright to take an aerospoke to get powdercoated? will it weaken the wheel at all? would i be better off just painting it myself? also how hard is it to remove and reinstall the hub? thanks so much for the help and please pardon the hipster question

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    I think a rattlecan job with good prep and clear will be about as good as a powdercoat. Less durable but the turnaround time is much faster and unless you're abusing your bike really hard, I don't think an aerospoke would get really scratched.

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    that and the fact you cant powder coat it.

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    plastic won't hold current = no powder will be attracted by electrical current = plastic and carbon unpowdercoatable

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    now you're just being condesending...

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    alright i guess that was the answer i was looking for. what would be the proper steps to paint it and have it be durable over time. has anybody had any experience with removing the hub on an aerospoke before and could help with insight on the difficulty?

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    mask, don't remove; spray even thin coats of plastics primer, maybe three of them, then even, THIN coats of paint, maybe six of them, and then even thin coast of clearcoat, maybe two or three.

    it will add a lot of weight but hey, it will hold up well.

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    there are no proper steps, do what you can handle.

    how good are you with an air brush?
    spray can?
    paint brush???!

    its the same as anything, few coats + few coats of clear, try not to crash a lot and you'll be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonmansey View Post
    now you're just being condesending...
    you say tomato, i say informative, let's call the whole thing off.

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    No experience with the hub but the painting process is the same for any decent item you want painted.

    roughly, in my opinion:

    sand with 150 dry and 200+ wet on the existing paint but dont cut through. You want everything to be even and for the existing paint to hold primer.

    prime with decent quality pep boys stuff, wet sand in between each coat. try to wait overnight if you can.

    3-4 coats of color, wet sand the first two coats. give them at least 2 hours between coats, overnight if you have ungodly patience.

    a good amount of clear. maybe 5+ coats? other people should chime in here. wet sand lightly between coats and then give two final coats without sanding. polish if you want after a week or so.

    i think pep boys stuff will do for an aerospoke (not for a frame, but this wont get knocked around as much). although there will be the inevitable post claiming $40/can paint is the only viable option.

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    to get the hub out, get a 40mm wrench and undo the lockring. then push down on the other side of the wheel near the center so the hub pops out. it might take a little power.

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    Can it be changedt to a rear fixed hub?

    I have a front aerospoke that would like to convert to a rear fixed.
    Any one with the same experience?

    any info is appreciated

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    rattlecan!

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    What's the best way to mask off the machined sidewall?
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    You need to prep it first by smashing it with a hammer.

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    You need to prep it first by smashing it with a hammer.
    Amen.

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