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Old 01-21-09, 04:33 PM   #1
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How to redo a HED 3 all pretty.

I posted this on a few other forums, and figured that we need something actually constructive here on this board....

I painted my trispoke and made it look all mad phat dope shizzle, and made a little guide in a bunch of images/how to guide.



Your materials are as follows:

One can of Spray primer
One can of preferred paint (I ended up using Duplicolor Metal Specks, after the can of Metal Effects shown completely screwed up and was sputtering)
Clear coat (Not shown, use an Acrylic)
Multi pack sandpaper (for sanding stuff down)
Cleaning wipe that clears all the **** off
A good x-acto knife for cutting the tape/stickers (also not shown)
Newspapers for spraying
A sponge for wiping
A pail for wet sanding
Stickers
A weekend worth of time.



So yeah, my HED trispoke was about 10 years old and in rough shape, I highly recommend if you want it to look really pretty, to reprime/fill any knicks in the surface, as they're quite common on the older wheels. Give it a good cloth wipe to prepare the surface for roughing up.

Note: I did this with the tire on, but it's better to take the tubular off, I just didn't feel like dismounting and remounting a tubular.



This is how the wheel should look after roughing it up with some 400 grit wet sand paper. THERE IS NO CLEAR COAT on HED/Specialized trispoke wheels. It's the actual epoxy so DO NOT GO TOO FAR OR USE BELOW 400 GRIT!! You will eat the carbon!

Wipe it down with a slightly damp sponge, then wipe off the water/dust with an old clean t-shirt.



Mask off everything and then start to hate yourself if you want to use the braking surface as it's a very unfun job coming up...



Taking your knife, follow the brake surface all around the wheel and carefully not screw up like this. This will make your wheel look like arse. Put more tape on and then recut.



This is a (blurry) shot of how it SHOULD look.

After you do all that, rewipe the wheel down with the prep cloth, and we can start spraying primer.



Go with a few light coats of primer until it looks solid enough. What blows is you now will know exactly how bad the surface of your wheel is pitted (if used). You can use some filler but I didn't bother. L A Z Y. The primer dries quickly (within an hour).



Wet sand the primer with 400 grit sandpaper. Get it nice and smooooth. Dry it off again and paint some more.



Now I screwed up on this part and there's no pictures after my spray can decided to mess up on me and made me resurface and redo everything. That green tape helps out so much as its very waterproof. Just spray maybe two or three coats of your base color, let that dry properly, wipe it down again with the clean t-shirt, and then spray two or three coats of clear on it. It won't take very long for everything to cure/dry if you're light enough with your coats.



Applying vinyl graphics. You will learn how much of a pain in the ass lattice work like this is.
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Old 01-21-09, 04:34 PM   #2
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Some windex, luck, a credit card, and patience lets you apply the graphics well. Cutting around the braking surface again.



Awrite! All done! Simple enough, but most people can't/aren't willing to put in the effort. It's all about prep time/effort....

Feel free to ask any questions or flame away.
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Cool tutorial. Where did you get the vinyl graphics?
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Old 01-21-09, 04:50 PM   #4
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Any local sign shop can do them. To do both sides was 30 bucks.
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Old 01-21-09, 04:54 PM   #5
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the vinyl is fantastic.
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Congrats, you made a HED 3 even more tarck.

does look cool though.
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Old 01-21-09, 05:20 PM   #7
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Considering that the HED 3 is only going to be used on time trials at a real track or closed road courses, I can do whatever I wantzzzzzzz.

It's to go along with this anyways SHHHhhh:

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great tutorial!
Curious though, does the vinyl decal wrap around edge of the spoke/rim and cover both sides of the wheel? I'm just curious because of the joint it would create on the back of the spoke (or whatever you call the spoke-like part of a hed)...
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Old 01-21-09, 05:30 PM   #9
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Nice tutorial. Thanks for posting it.

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This is AWESOME! One big vinyl sticker?
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DAMN that disc is so sweet...

Thanks for the DIY. I've always wanted to paint my Tri Spoke white...
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Looks great man. Although -- you're going to hate me for this -- you can easily find bendable masking tape designed for pinstripes. Woulda saved a lot of time!
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love that wave disc.
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Good work. Is this a Specialized or HED? My HED3's carbon layup looks different.

Edit. It just occurred to me that Zipp disc is not a CD. Wow.

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Joey lawrence ::: WOahHHHH! Nice craftsmanship!
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imho u should have just painted it blue

but nice tutorial! big ups to documenting it and taking pix!
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Good work. Is this a Specialized or HED? My HED3's carbon layup looks different.

Edit. It just occurred to me that Zipp disc is not a CD. Wow.
It could be a Specialized, the guy I bought it off said it was a HED... I'm not too picky because they're more or less the same design other than getting slightly lighter as time went on.

I'll have pictures later of them both mounted.


ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO:

BE SURE YOU ARE WELL VENTILATED AND ARE WEARING A MASK (unless you want paint colored snot/boogers for the next two days).

Doing it in a stairwell cost me a few braincells I'm pretty sure...
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Looks amazing I have been looking for something like this
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Awrite! All done! Simple enough, but most people can't/aren't willing to put in the effort. It's all about prep time/effort....
All about prep time/effort??? I thought it was all about riding your bike, not looking like a jackass on a bike with a trispoke and aerobars.
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Nice post! I would suggest using microfiber cloths rather than an old t-shirt for the wipedown though. The t-shirt may have the tendency to leave lint and/or fibers on the wheel.
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All about prep time/effort??? I thought it was all about riding your bike, not looking like a jackass on a bike with a trispoke and aerobars.
Clearly he means that "painting your wheel is all about prep time/effort to get it to look good" you fcking idiot.
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The only jackass thing in this thread are the whole foods bags.
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Edit. It just occurred to me that Zipp disc is not a CD. Wow.
It's the album "Wave" by Zipp, duh.

I thought the same thing at first glance.
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I've never met him, but i'm pretty sure the OP could crush any of you hater gaywads on the track any day of the week
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