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    Senior Member FrisianWheel's Avatar
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    Painted rims and tire irons?

    I知 thinking about this already for a while: How does the paint of a painted or powder coated rim hold up against the tire irons? Since the rims of my 450 project have some serious pitting I知 considering to smoothen and just paint them. What are your experiences with painted wheels when it comes to tire change or repairs? I just can稚 imagine that any paint holds up against the brutal force of a tire iron.
    I know I could easily order new rims but I知 reluctant not only because of the shipping cost to Azerbaijan. I知 somehow stubborn to use the old rims which should be ok technically. What do you guys think?
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    This is a concern of mine as well. I painted my CB350 rims and am very happy with the results but I honestly don't think they will hold up to a tire change (especially with my tire changing skills). When I painted them I first primed them and had them ready for paint but mounted the tires before painting so I could at least save them for the first set of tires. Have to admit though, the primer held up fine on the front wheel, no marks or anything. However, with the rear tire being a bit sturdier I had more difficulty mounting it and did damage the primer a bit. After I had the tire on, I then masked everything, painted and clear coated. I'll be cringing when it comes times for a tire change though.

    Had a bit of a scare with the front, recently noticed it was way down on air pressure but luckily found out I never had the valve stem fully screwed in. All good now but had me worried.
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    Painted rims and tire irons?

    Well, I didn稚 tell but tire mounting before painting is not really an option. Think I would have some trouble getting the spokes in

    Edit: My tire changing skills are also not the best. I remember that I disliked it already when I had to repair my bicycle tubes when I was a teenager.
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    They make some thin Plastic Tubing that is slit lenghtwise to slip over the edge as the contact point for the tire irons to protect painted/powder coated rims.

    https://www.amazon.com/Early-Bus-Mot...-5&tag=mh0b-20

    But i suspect you could make something like this on your own to do the same thing
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    I had the rims powder coated on a cb77. I put a couple of marks on one rim putting the spokes on. I took the rims to a bike shop and had new tires put on and had the wheels balanced.
    He did it with out a scratch anywhere. I couldnt have done with out damaging something.

    Note, for those new to powder coating rims. Check your spokes often. Powder coat is thicker than paint and as it wears your spokes will free up a little.


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    someone sells a set of plastic clip-like protectors that slip on the rim to give a place for the tire iron to touch instead of directly on the rim. If the rims are powdercoated, it might be enough to keep the pressure of the tire iron from chipping the powder. Here are a few

    https://www.amazon.com/Motion-Pro-Ri...pcontext&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/BigPantha-Pro.../dp/B01KYPKUOQ

    https://www.amazon.com/Pit-Posse-Mot.../dp/B004MBSEQA
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    Painted rims and tire irons?

    Thanks! These protectors should do the trick. I just have to see if I僧 really going for pained rims in the end. It will surely save me some dollars but I知 not convinced that it will look really good on my bike...
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    Or you could paint your rims after the tires are installed.

    https://www.hondatwins.net/forums/34...new-tires.html
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    Put a half dozen wire ties around the tire/tube and cinch them down until the beads touch, you may be able to get the tire down in the drop center of the rim enough to get them on by hand.
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    "someone sells a set of plastic clip-like protectors that slip on the rim"

    I just cut up some strips from heavy plastic orange juice jugs and it seemed to work okay. Any thick plastic would work. I like the zip tie idea.

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