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Old 02-26-09, 08:21 AM   #1
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Braking on Anodized Surface

If I use a brake on a non machined anodized surface will it make that screeching sound? Will the black streak left behind be very noticeable on a black wheel?
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Old 02-26-09, 08:23 AM   #2
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search function. this topic gets brought up on a weekly basis. the brake will wear away the anodization and it'll look somewhat like a machine surface.

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If I use a brake on a non machined anodized surface will it make that screeching sound? Will the black streak left behind be very noticeable on a black wheel?
No. Machined sidewalls are a recent phenomenon. We used brakes on anodized, non-machined sidewalls for decades and it worked fine. If your brakes are squealing it's probably a shoe toe-in issue. And black streaks on a black anodized sidewall are not noticeable at distances greater than 6 inches.
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search function. this topic gets brought up on a weekly basis. the break will wear away the anodization and it'll look somewhat like a machine surface.
FWIW, here a dark anodized, non-machined rim after over 20 years of use:

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