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Please recommend me a powder coating place
« on: October 03, 2020, 08:00:07 pm »
Anybody have any experiences of powder coating places near Berkshire ways? I have an urge to get my black wheels done in a different divisive colour!
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2020, 09:08:53 pm »
Try somewhere that reconditions car alloys.
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2020, 09:43:36 am »
Yeah that's my plan so far, just hoping to find personal recommendations as I understand quality, likely the three Ps, can be variable.
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2020, 10:37:02 am »
I can recommend a place to not go, the outfit who did my K12 wheels in Fareham'ish.

The problem with bike wheels is that they have bearings which have to be removed, unlike cars, only the front on yours thankfully.

Additionally, the flat side faces of the hub need to be coated without getting any of the coating lipped into the bearing surface. The Fareham tossers (who had great reviews from the car guys) neglected this on my wheels so that when Bahnstormers went to fit the new bearings it was obvious before they started that the paint would get chipped and start to flake. And it did!

Car wheels are not the same as bike wheels. I had my last set of car wheels done by Elite Wheels and Tyres just off the Portman Road in Reading. Google map reference...

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They were excellent and I highly recommend them for car wheels. You could speak to them about bike wheels but any outfit who has never done bike wheels before I would avoid as they probably don't understand. And of course, Elite don't actually 'do' the wheels, they send 'em orf somewhere, as do Micheldever who did my previous set. Hopefully not to the tossers in Fareham who were the actual refinishers.

So, find the actual refinisher, get your bearings removed and make sure they understand the problem. Simples!  :)

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2020, 11:39:36 am »
aaagh.....good point, i hadn't thought of that. have a guy who has done a few sets of car wheels for me....very happy with him, and was allset to have my previously mentioned scored wheels sorted over the winter, but i forgot about the bearing...duh...
that said it's only my back wheel thats marked so possibly he could colour match them.... anyone tried that?
i think a colour change from black to silver is acceptable, and visa versa, any other colour is a sin and bad for the planet !!!

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2020, 12:21:08 pm »
I did my blue and white K12S wheels (which were silver and corroded alloy colour) blue at the front and white at the rear, a la Boxer Cup colours. Very fetching and a major selling point apparently when it finally went...
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2020, 02:30:52 pm »
Ah good point Bri. I knew there was a reason to be worried somewhere!

Well, I shall ponder a while and maybe if and when, will call and ask them what the difference between car and bike approach is. And if they say nowt then I put the phone down and set fire to myself.
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2020, 04:51:46 pm »
It's not just us BM tyoes who have this problem. All chain driven bikes will have two bearings in both the front and rear wheels. So, any olace that has ever touched a bike wheel before 'should' have come across this fairly obvious issue. So obvious in fact that I never even thought about it until Bahnstormers showed me the offending article...   :-[

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2020, 07:52:49 pm »
Much prefer to have wheels painted.

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2020, 03:21:53 pm »
To be honest Chris, which I generally am, i'm unaware of the pros and cons of each and the whys and wherefores. Would one be better suited and why? :)

I mean I could google (and probably will once I finish my sandwich) but I know your experience outweighs much of the intornorts!
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2020, 03:40:26 pm »
Powder coating is crude yea yea i’ve Had plenty done,if you ever chip the dam stuff and see how thick it is..just awful ,get the wheels vapour blasted and find a decent painter.

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2020, 03:40:57 pm »
i think the general consensus is that powder coating is harder and longer lasting against the grime and such weather throws at it.
that said paint won't  chip as badly and a bike is better looked after than a car (usually), given the added cost of a bearing replacement i think i going to side with chris here and i'm going to paint my wheel/s now, probably just the damaged one as paint can be matched.

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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2020, 03:42:31 pm »
dammit if i just clicked post i would have beat you chris.....
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2020, 12:35:58 pm »
Aha, thank you chaps!

So I suppose I will widen my search to include painty places :)
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Re: Please recommend me a powder coating place
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2020, 09:46:26 am »
If you can find a good coaters with motorcycle experience then Powder is food, but as stated, be careful with car finishers. I had a set of wheels done by a 'reputable' company with M/C experience and they blasted the bearing lands, which cocked up the fitment tolerances. I'd find a good painter now; I've had two jobs done on car wheels by a local company who's work is excellent. (AW Smart Repairs, Waldringfield, Ipswich) - can't recommend them highly enough.