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Painting Wheels While on Bike?

Can it be done? I'm painting my bike black and got some wheel paint to paint them as well. However, rather ignorant still and don't feel like screwing something up while taking offprint putting on the wheels.

I'm hoping I can just masking tape everything around the brakes and just paint the wheels without removing them.

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Can it be done? I'm painting my bike black and got some wheel paint to paint them as well. However, rather ignorant still and don't feel like screwing something up while taking offprint putting on the wheels.

I'm hoping I can just masking tape everything around the brakes and just paint the wheels without removing them.

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1. Painting the wheels - Go for it! I did that on my lil' TW200. Masked off all the spokes & painted the rims w/ BBQ paint, looks WAY better!

2. Leaving the wheels on the bike - don't do it man! The wheels come off PDQ and there's no reason to risk getting overspray on anything else. You'll spend at least twice as much time just masking the wheels off the bike than what it takes to remove them - let alone masking everything assembled. Plus there's no way you'll get to all the nooks & crannies of the hub with them installed...

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IMHO, take them off and do it right, or leave them alone.

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Bonus to taking the wheels off: you can lube them splines!!!


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IMHO, take them off and do it right, or leave them alone.
^ +1. You needed to clean them too....much easier off the bike.

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lol. im guilty !. i just did mine with the wheels on !. black. i used matt black engine paint (uht) and i used a brush to do it. i took my time,and polished up the outer rims and edges of the spokes when i'd finished,,and Hey,im proud of them. much better black and alloy and easier to keep clean. it was photo's on this site that inspired me to do it.

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A little more costly, but what about powder coating? Seems they handle the road debri better.

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Don't mean to thread jack, but can anyone who has done this recommend a paint to use, a link would be really helpful too.

I plan on going with a matte black.

thanks in advance.

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Bonus to taking the wheels off: you can lube them splines!!!
See, this is another reason I feel wary about taking them off. I don't even know what the splines ARE, much less the proper way to lubricate them (I'm a newb, this is my first bike, only have had it a month or two).


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A little more costly, but what about powder coating? Seems they handle the road debri better.
I considered it, but find it generally unnecessary. I'm looking at VHT/Duplicolor wheel paint, which supposedly protects very well against debris and I'm trying to go the budget route this time.

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Don't mean to thread jack, but can anyone who has done this recommend a paint to use, a link would be really helpful too.

I plan on going with a matte black.

thanks in advance.

Thread Jack over.

Look through the VHT product line...I'm using their Roll Bar and Chasis paint, which is sort of in between matte/flat and gloss. If you give them a call and describe what you're wanting they'll gladly give you suggestions.
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See, this is another reason I feel wary about taking them off. I don't even know what the splines ARE, much less the proper way to lubricate them (I'm a newb, this is my first bike, only have had it a month or two).
Here is a link to fergy`s spline lube:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17274

The splines are between the driveshaft in the swingarm, and the final drive on the left side of the rear wheel. All will become clear as your read fergy`s write-up and study the pics.
Many newbs have successfully completed this service.

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