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Gold wheels...
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:34:52 pm »
Has anyone ever anodized a set of wheels??

 
I picked up another set of wheels off ebay and would like to have them done in the same gold color as my Ohlins forks.   :great:

 
I talked to my powder coater and he said that would be a hard color to match with powder coat..   ???

 
I talked to my painter and they said that would be a hard color to match with paint...   ???

 
It seems like my next option is to have them anodized gold...   ???


 
 
I want to change this color...
 


 
To this color...
 


 
 
« Last Edit: May 10, 2013, 08:51:26 pm by ZG »
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 02:54:11 am »
Jay,  check out fortwayneanodizing.com    they have a type III hardcoat anodizing that has some impressive qualities  (according to the website).   Also valmont.com   they do a fade-in coating that might look pretty cool.

I googled "anodizing services" and got 2,000,000

Backed up and googled "anodizing services oregon" and still got a shipload! Good luck searching.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2013, 03:06:04 am by Flat-spot »
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 03:11:56 am »
Jay,  check out fortwayneanodizing.com    they have a type III hardcoat anodizing that has some impressive qualities  (according to the website).   Also valmont.com   they do a fade-in coating that might look pretty cool.

I googled "anodizing services" and got 2,000,000

Backed up and googled "anodizing services oregon" and still got a shipload! Good luck searching.



Thanks FS.  :beerchug:

I'm gonna swing by this place next week, they're local to me and on their site they have some pretty cool looking custom anodizing stuff, not sure what the cost would be though...  ???


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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 03:19:18 am »
Jay,  check out fortwayneanodizing.com    they have a type III hardcoat anodizing that has some impressive qualities  (according to the website).   Also valmont.com   they do a fade-in coating that might look pretty cool.

I googled "anodizing services" and got 2,000,000

Backed up and googled "anodizing services oregon" and still got a shipload! Good luck searching.



Thanks FS.  :beerchug:

I'm gonna swing by this place next week, they're local to me and on their site they have some pretty cool looking custom anodizing stuff, not sure what the cost would be though...  ???


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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2013, 03:20:14 am »
Jay,  check out fortwayneanodizing.com    they have a type III hardcoat anodizing that has some impressive qualities  (according to the website).   Also valmont.com   they do a fade-in coating that might look pretty cool.

I googled "anodizing services" and got 2,000,000

Backed up and googled "anodizing services oregon" and still got a shipload! Good luck searching.



Thanks FS.  :beerchug:

I'm gonna swing by this place next week, they're local to me and on their site they have some pretty cool looking custom anodizing stuff, not sure what the cost would be though...  ???


http://www.pioneermetal.com/portlandor

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2013, 08:44:11 am »
ZG, are ya gonna have those wheels buffed and polished (like chrome prep) to get the full glow effect?

That'll be an interesting total price tag !      ???

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2013, 02:20:16 pm »
ZG, are ya gonna have those wheels buffed and polished (like chrome prep) to get the full glow effect?

That'll be an interesting total price tag !      ???


Not a full on mirrored effect, but I would like them to be the same finish as my Ohlins forks (the outer gold, not the inner gold fork tube).  :great:


Kinda like this...  ???





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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2013, 08:46:21 pm »
So I went out to a local anodizing shop today and discussed with them some options...

We looked at some of the gold samples they'd done and found one pretty close, what do ya'll think??  ???

I also dropped the wheels off today at another shop to be soda-blasted. The anodize shop said all the paint needed to be removed prior to anodizing and that soda blasting would be the best option to not affect the texture. So after a quick search I found a guy in town that does it, $150 and he should be done on Wednesday so that I can pick them back up and get em over to the anodize shop...

Why is it that nothing is ever easy with my ideas...  ???



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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2013, 09:14:37 pm »
My only fear for you Jay is that the stock wheels are probably cast aluminum so there may be color variances since anodizing is a clear process they might show through.

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2013, 09:34:25 pm »
My only fear for you Jay is that the stock wheels are probably cast aluminum so there may be color variances since anodizing is a clear process they might show through.

Yep, the anodize shop said the same thing, due to being cast it might have inconsistent silicon in em that will make the color not uniform... The only way to know is to just try it, the cost for the anodizing is actually less than I thought it would be, only $70 total for both wheels. So I think I'm gonna give it a try and if the color doesn't look good I can always just have them painted right over top of the anodize.

Wish me luck I guess...  ???
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2013, 09:46:09 pm »
That gold looks pretty close.

Out of curiosity, are you going to do anything special with the weights?

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2013, 11:18:19 pm »
That gold looks pretty close.

Out of curiosity, are you going to do anything special with the weights?

Not sure SB, but I was wondering about the weights too, not sure if I've ever seen gold wheel weights...  ???
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2013, 11:29:01 pm »
Not a fan of the gold...but as long as you don't put a Kawi logo on a gold tooth, it'll be OK... I've been looking at Super Street Bike a little too much lately, and starting to get the itch for some custom chrome rims...  I gotta stop this!

With the anodizing...i'd be careful - it scratches easily and every tiny scratch will stand out like a sore thumb.

But maybe contact one of these companies to find out about the gold chrome dip?

PS. The Farkle queen just ordered that nice tail light you posted a link for a few weeks back. (Yep, I've got a problem!  Maybe some more COWBELL will help?)  LOL!
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2013, 01:39:30 am »
Not a fan of the gold...

You never know though RBC, you might like it if it turns out like I'm hoping... There were many folks that said don't paint a set of bodywork green and then after said ok that's actually quite nice.
 ;)

Keep in mind the gold wheels are to go with the other set of bodywork I'm having painted matte black with a pearl, they're just do give a little bling to the subtle bodywork...  :great:

With the anodizing...i'd be careful - it scratches easily and every tiny scratch will stand out like a sore thumb.

Really? I've heard just the opposite, that it's very durable. This particular gold anodize they use to dip the rings on the Leupold & Stevens rifle scopes (which are also made local in the area to me), they said it was very durable to scratches...

PS. The Farkle queen just ordered that nice tail light you posted a link for a few weeks back. (Yep, I've got a problem!  Maybe some more COWBELL will help?)  LOL!

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2013, 09:13:01 pm »
I want to see more pics of that Connie with Ohlins. Paint looks awesome too. Got any pics posted?

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2013, 09:19:39 pm »
I want to see more pics of that Connie with Ohlins. Paint looks awesome too. Got any pics posted?


Go grab yer popcorn first...  ;D  :popcorncouple:


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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2013, 05:38:51 am »
 :D :rotflmao: :D :rotflmao: :D :rotflmao:

2 buckets of popcorn, minimum !!


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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2013, 11:44:32 pm »
Picked up the wheels from soda-blasting today, completely raw now, no paint on em whatsoever, they be neked...  :-\

Took em to the anodize shop and dropped em off! Bring on the gold!!  >:D



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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2013, 11:58:46 pm »
as far a balancing .  I know there are 2 thoughts on them but I like dynabeads.
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2013, 07:45:50 am »
WOW, those are REEEELY NEKED !  I was instantly embarrassed for them. C'mon ZG, fig leaf or sumthin !

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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2013, 11:15:20 am »
as far a balancing .  I know there are 2 thoughts on them but I like dynabeads.

Same here another brand is counteract which I have installed in more than 2 dozen local riders tires with no complaints TPMS or not
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Re: anodizing wheels?
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2013, 09:24:01 pm »
Well, the anodizing path is a fail...  :(

Luckily they ran a sample of a "cast" aluminum part (which is what the wheels are) before doing my wheels, it turned out more of a crap brown than gold with a very dull finish...  :'(


Back to the drawing board...

So I went to the plating shop that did the black nickel plating on my upper triple clamp and asked them about options that would work for a gold color. They said I could do them in real gold... (yes I was intrigued) but the cost was gonna be about $1200, so I opted not to go that route.

The other option they mentioned is doing them in an electroless nickel and then a yellow zinc plate.

Hmmmm... Ok, let's try it! The cost will only be about $150 for the set, it will be more like the gold of the inner fork tube of my Ohlins forks, a little more "blingy" than I was originally thinking but I'm gonna give it a shot. It wont damage the wheels and I could always paint or powder coat over top of it, so I thought why not!

Here's an example of some parts they had there with the yellow zinc to give you a feel for the color.

Wish me luck, round 2!  >:D




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Re: Gold wheels?
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2013, 11:20:53 pm »
Whats next? Lights, boom box, curb feelers, or a green smoke generator. Did you make a matching helmet?
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Re: Gold wheels?
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2013, 01:36:54 pm »
Whats next? Lights, boom box, curb feelers, or a green smoke generator. Did you make a matching helmet?

 :rotflmao:

Hey, I like the green smoke generator idea, where do ya get those?  :))
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Re: Gold wheels?
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2013, 06:17:32 pm »

A few more modifications and you may be headed in this direction:



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