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I'm removing the rust from my comstar wheels Is that some kind of plating or paint, I know the rims are aluminum and don't take them apart.
 

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It's not paint, don't know what it is. I'm thinking it's like Cerakote since it's a thin finish, possibly some sort of plating.
 

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OK thanks Jim I have a new brush on electro plating rig to test Ill try some different metals.
 

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I'd like to figure out what the coating on the switch pods is. Some were black and some silver but it's not the raw aluminum alloy finish. Taking a black one over to the Cerakote guy tomorrow with the wheel hubs to see if he has an idea
 

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I think the black and silver is anodized, check out this web site Caswell Plating
https://www.caswellplating.com/ This is where my electroplating system came from
 

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I was working on replating a shifter from the same bike and noticed the finish on the shifter (toe piece) has the same finish as the comstar spokes. Metal
 

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I just bought a 1978 CB400A. I don't want to fully restore the bike just clean it up and ride it. Instead of painting the rim i cleaned the rust off and spayed it with Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel. They look nice and keep the factory look. Painting them black make them look strait out of the hood.
 
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