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I’m 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’m 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’t imagine that any paint holds up against the brutal force of a tire iron.
I know I could easily order new rims but I’m reluctant not only because of the shipping cost to Azerbaijan. I’m 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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Well, I didn’t 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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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-Rimshield-Rim-Protector/dp/B00CQK0JRG?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/BigPantha-Protectors-Motorcycle-Changing-Shield/dp/B01KYPKUOQ

https://www.amazon.com/Pit-Posse-Motorcycle-Changing-Protectors/dp/B004MBSEQA
 

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Thanks! These protectors should do the trick. I just have to see if I‘m really going for pained rims in the end. It will surely save me some dollars but I’m not convinced that it will look really good on my bike...
 

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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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"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.
the beauty of the plastic clips is that they are shaped like the rim and actually clip on, so they stay in place pretty well, plus you can slide them around the rim as needed (though that in itself would probably scratch painted rims)
 
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