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Powder coating wheel color?
« on: January 28, 2012, 07:05:21 pm »
I'll be bringing my 17" wheels to the powder coater on monday and figured I'd have them do a conservative gray color similar to the OEM Connie wheels. But I am having second thoughts on this.

The bike is an 2001. Sonic blue I believe is the color (fastest one!)

So I am looking for your suggestions. Should I go gray or ???
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 07:16:29 pm »
White? I think that would look good with the blue. Of course, it would be a PITA to keep clean. Just a thought.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 07:34:06 pm »
Powder coating in gray?  No way!  I think you should get something that will stand out.  I like the white suggestion but yeah, they're high maintenance.  I'm color blind so I don't have a good feel for what goes with sonic blue well, but I've seen some really cool powder coated wheels in gold and in orange.  What about silver?  That would go with the blue for sure.  Gray might as well be out of a rattle can.  Bo-ring!  But if you get that, I'm sure it'll look good on you, though.

And sorry, but everyone knows that red is the fastest color.  Jeez.
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 02:50:27 am »
I've spent the last several hours (productve huh!) searching and looking at powder coated motorcycle wheels.  This site  http://powder-pro.net/gallery_motorcycles01.htm has some great pictures of wheels.

Here are three I've been looking at





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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 03:00:04 am »
I love the '01 Blue color; I think that middle wheel of the three you pictured would go great with it!

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 02:40:58 pm »
    I've been down this road, and my answer may surprise you. I have black chameleon powdercoated rims. It looks fantastic - when it's clean. Unfortunately, it stays clean for about 5 minutes, then becomes a flat black because of dirt and dust. If you want a color that will require little effort to maintain, I'd go with a gunmetal grey. Just a bit darker than our stock rims. You could get some chameleon or metalflake in it if you want, but it's going to disappear in 5 minutes. Base it on how often you really clean the bike. Check out my site and look in the photo gallery to see the wheels when they're clean. Pretty, but useless. Steve
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 02:53:19 pm »
I painted mine with a rattle can, the color is called midnight black but it is a very dark grey with metallic in it. But as Steve says you really can't see the effect unless you have just cleaned them, so I wouldn't pay any extra for it, the dark grey is a good choice and doesn't show the dirt. Other than grey or black, I would say red as that is the fastest color. But even the '88 which is red I chose the dark grey cause I sure as heck don't want to feel obligated to cleaning them.
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 08:10:27 pm »
    I've been down this road, and my answer may surprise you. I have black chameleon powdercoated rims. It looks fantastic - when it's clean. Unfortunately, it stays clean for about 5 minutes, then becomes a flat black because of dirt and dust. If you want a color that will require little effort to maintain, I'd go with a gunmetal grey. Just a bit darker than our stock rims. You could get some chameleon or metalflake in it if you want, but it's going to disappear in 5 minutes. Base it on how often you really clean the bike. Check out my site and look in the photo gallery to see the wheels when they're clean. Pretty, but useless. Steve


Damn you practical guys!   ;)  Yeah I know the blue or glossy black will be harder to keep clean and I usually spend too much time cleaning my bike anyway. Well riding in the rain is cleaning the bike right?   But...........  On the other hand you are probably right because as soon as I finish this project I'll hit the lottery, buy a new C-14 and sell my custom painted 17"wheels, but having glossy black or cerillian (sp?) blue could limit the fools who would want to buy the highly customized overpriced things........ Hmmm????

Gun metal gray huh?  8)

Here's a metllic silver with clear coat.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 09:11:57 pm »
Bob,

I agree with Steve, a glossy black wheel will look good for about 5 minutes, then it will look grayish.  I have graphite colored wheels, and they look pretty good, IMO, even when they're dirty.

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I would like to add some colored striping around the outer rim.  I think that would make them pop a little better without being harder to keep clean.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 12:55:50 am »
I'm kinda partial to black. I had mine powder coated tex-black.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2012, 03:16:31 am »
That metallic silver with the clear coat get my nod.  And you could break it up with blue reflective rim tape. I think that would  really look good. http://www.tapeworks.com/Rimstripes/RimstripesHome.html#Reflectives anchor

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2012, 04:58:23 am »
That metallic silver with the clear coat get my nod.  And you could break it up with blue reflective rim tape. I think that would  really look good. http://www.tapeworks.com/Rimstripes/RimstripesHome.html#Reflectives anchor

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I am leaning that way too. But if the cost isn't too much more I may have the spokes and centers done silver and rim in blue.
I'll know more tomorrow.
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 05:02:20 am »
That metallic silver with the clear coat get my nod.  And you could break it up with blue reflective rim tape. I think that would  really look good. http://www.tapeworks.com/Rimstripes/RimstripesHome.html#Reflectives anchor

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I am leaning that way too. But if the cost isn't too much more I may have the spokes and centers done silver and rim in blue.
I'll know more tomorrow.


Yeah!!! that would look good too.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012, 01:01:37 pm »
I'm in the same situation. I'm going to be installing ZRX front end and a Meanstreak rear rim. The rear is silver and the front is a zx9 in grey. At first I was going to leave the MS alone and just do the front silver. Because of the different rim spoke design front to rear I think I am going to go with the gun metal grey to make them stand out less, like the OEMs do with 98 Windsor Green. I also agree I don't want to be cleaning rims before or after each ride. I will post pics of the project as it progresses. I still have time to decide what tires to go with as I am very happy with the Avon Storm / Azzaro combo on oem rims which still have half life left.
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2012, 05:26:50 pm »
Going with a light silver color. Two tone was more than I wanted to spend. Black looked great, but I've owned black cars and they do look great for about 3 minutes. Gun metal gray was just too dull a look for me.  So they will be done by next week. I should have all the extra parts by then, seals, bearings, stems. But I am still figuring out which tires to put on the new (to me) 17" wheels.

My initial thoughts are these, but I could be swayed, but not wobbled.......... ;)

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2012, 08:25:53 pm »
I have been pleased with the performance of the two sets of Shinkos I've had (009 and 011), but I don't ride in the rain much, so I can't say how the 011 Verge performs when it is wet.  I got 6000 miles out of the 009 rear with some left on the front.  I have run 3000 miles on the 011's so far, and it looks like they will go as far as the 009's.  The handling of the 011's seems more neutral than the 009's, which I like.  The Shinkos are not available in the 160/70 size, but neither are the other two you mention, so that probably isn't an issue for you.
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2012, 11:19:12 pm »
... And you could break it up with blue reflective rim tape. I think that would  really look good. http://www.tapeworks.com/Rimstripes/RimstripesHome.html#Reflectives anchor


The red rim tape is faster.

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2012, 02:51:24 am »
YELLOW!...do it!

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2012, 03:44:28 am »
Very nice, RWJC . What color bike are they going on?

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2012, 07:14:37 am »
Very nice, RWJC . What color bike are they going on?

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2012, 04:48:27 pm »
Very nice, RWJC . What color bike are they going on?

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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2012, 06:44:29 pm »
2linby....I just read all those posts, and you wound up going from sonic blue to silver....LAME.

Hopefully youll be able to find your bike in the sea of similar Connies at the rally. :nananana:
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2012, 07:57:58 pm »
Late to the party, but I like the gold idea.  It's different and noticable without being too loud.  it doesn't have to be a glossy color, so dirt would not show so badly.

Geez...now I have something ELSE I'm going to have to spend money on!   >:(

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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2012, 08:49:23 pm »
2linby....I just read all those posts, and you wound up going from sonic blue to silver....LAME.

Hopefully youll be able to find your bike in the sea of similar Connies at the rally. :nananana:

Yeah I wussied out............  :truce:  Thinking too much ahead as to when I sell my bike for a newer C-14 SOnic Blue wheels would be a harder sell than "lame" silver......!

As to looking for my bike in a "Sea" of similar Connies I might find myself very disorientated and just mistake mine for a new C-14, what with the "new" 17's! 
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Re: Powder coating wheel color?
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2012, 09:19:12 pm »
Hey Sport Rider you may have something there. A dirty gold color may go with my 97 Windsor Green. Definitely do not want to wash wheels after every ride so shiny colors are out. Previously I was thinking more like the dirty grey. I will have to look into that.
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