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Old 01-09-13, 05:01 PM
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Clearcoating or anodizing aluminium rim?

I have a Velocity Dyad rim that I got because an online shop did not have a Freedom Ryder 23 rim in 32 hole. So, I can find a silver Dyad a better price where I want to shop and did not see the dark gray one. So, if I get a silver one, is it easy to just sand off the gray rim then apply a clearcoat spray paint to it so it matches a silver one if I get it? Or, would it be simpler to just paint over both rims so they match? What kind of paint would last? (I'm wondering about Testors because I could put on Pheonician Yellow which I find is a really cool color).
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No paint you can apply would survive on the brake track, so I hope you're ok with the machined sidewall look. If you do a good job the paint should be fine on the rest of the rim. The rest of the rim doesn't usually get scratched up.

Anodizing is an interesting idea, if you have access to someplace that will do it. It will still wear off the brake track eventually, but you'll get more miles out of the rim as a result.
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Anodizing isn't practical for this, but painting might be if both rims haven't been built yet.

You'll want to mask the brake track, and properly prep the metal so the paint bonds well.
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Well, now I'm feeling pretty weird. I looked at the Freedom Ryder 23 rim and Velocity Dyad that I have and it seems like there's only 1mm difference. The wheels are not built yet. And I was thinking of getting another Velocity Dyad and probably selling the Freedom rim. But when I searched for dark gray Velocity Dyad, I saw the word "reflective" here and there. So, I shut off my lights and shined a flashlight on it and low and behold, it does reflect a little (at least a little with my tiny light, I can imagine it might be different with car lights). Then I searched for dark gray 36H Velocity Dyad and it looks like they're only in 32H.

Uuuuuuhhhh? Is it even worth searching for dark gray reflective paint? This is a little weird. I guess I wanted to match the rims, now I don't know what to do.
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You buy a rim anodized, its not a home level project..

Halo [reflective] is a Powder coating process , you hire that job out.
to someone that does Halo(tm) powdercoating.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
You buy a rim anodized, its not a home level project..

Halo [reflective] is a Powder coating process , you hire that job out.
to someone that does Halo(tm) powdercoating.
It would probably be cheaper and easier just to buy the reflective rims straight from Velocity: https://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=747

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