Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated


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Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

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So a while back I had purchased a used rear rim to have as a spare, ready to mount tire. When purchased it was a bit rough and I had cleaned it up some with polish and such, but it was never to be in great condition. I had found a local powder coating shop the gave a price of $60 to powder coat the rim...so why not! It took a couple weeks and I just picked it up today. I had spoken to the shop manager and he had indicated that there were issues with the corrosion that was present and it seemed to cause some pimpling. Had cleaned and prepped the rim a second time, but the pimpling reappeared. But there was another issue. During the process, the rim had fallen off the table or rack and had dented and put a crack in the rim, and another crack had been discovered.

With the cracks...I will not be putting this on my Wing....this is now a big paper weight or door stop.

I had only paid $40 for the rim and the shop refunded the $40 since they caused the crack. So now I have a useless rim to try and discard! Will be looking for a new spare in the future. Attached a couple pictures:
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08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 68,000+ miles
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1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
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1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
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Re: Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

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Piss poor prep by the powder coat shop is the reason for the orange peel finish and "pimpling" as you put it. When you find another wheel, find another powder coat shop too.
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1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
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1982 CB750-F Super Sport 60,000+ miles
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Re: Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

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Yep.....will go to another shop if I decide to powder coat again. Not sure if I will however.
08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 68,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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Re: Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

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I have had several wheels powder coated for both my GL1500 and GL1800. It is really worth the money when you have a shop that does a ice job. No more polishing, just wipe with a wet rag and a little Simple Green or cleaner of your choice.
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Re: Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

Post by Rednaxs60 »

Don't know how much powder coating is, but when I bought my '08 1800 in 2014 I had the OEM rims replaced with chrome rims because the OEM rims are a pain to keep clean. The chrome rims are easy and look much better as well. Cost was approx $1K USD - worth every penny.

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Re: Spare Rear Rim Powder Coated

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Powder coating is between $60 and $100 depending on your location and the popularity of the Powder Coater.

Back when I decided on Powder Coating, I gave serious consideration to chroming the wheels. I was about to pull the trigger when I talked to a shop that was installing the chromes wheels on Gold Wings, then I contacted the chrome plating company.

The installer opened my eyes to something. I asked what was done at the keep the bearing wells original so the bearings could be installed. The installer told me that the chrome plating company did nothing to protest the bearing wells. The installer had to remove the chrome from the bearing well sidewalls with a die grinder to allow fitment of the bearing. I didn't like that idea. Those bearing wells are machined surfaces and as such need to be machined true for proper wheel bearing installation and a true turning wheel.

Plus, removing the chrome exposed the base metal to the elements where the chrome had been ground away at the bearing well. This allows the possibility of corrosion and subsequent chrome lifting and flaking around the bearing well.

I contacted the chrome plating company. They confirmed that they did not and could not prevent the bearing wells from being chromed and they did nothing to increase the size of the bearing wells to allow for the extra thickness of the addition of the chrome. Since the bearings are an interference fit, that meant that the chrome had to be removed for proper fitment of the bearings.

This plus the additional high cost of the chroming process led me to the decision that continual wheel cleaning and polishing or powder coating were the best options. Any area on the wheel can be protected and not powder coated, such as bearing wells and brake rotor mounting surfaces.


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