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Sort of a bling question. I really like the way the stock 954 (titanitum) looks, but there are a few tasteful things that I would like to do to improve it. The first thing would be to have my swing are match the frame and the other would be to have my wheels match the gas tank. I am certain the swingarm should be powdercoated. I don't what would be the best way to go as far as changing the color of the wheels. Should I have them painted or powdercoated? Which is cheaper? Which would last longer? What about a powdercoated the color I want and then finished with a layer of clear coat?
Any recommendations to where I should have this done?
 

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I'll bump this for you. There was a thread not too old about someone powder coating his rims black, not sure if any discussions followed as to cost and painting differences. Do a search and maybe pm him or maybe he'll chime in. I toyed with the idea of powder coating the rims but too much other stuff to do. I have no idea the cost differences or benefits of each method, but it was a good question.
 

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Powder coat will definitely last longer. It's much more durable than regular paint.
And well-worth any difference in price.
 

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If you are going to powder coat, there is usually a set up fee where they will "bead blast" the part or parts. If you are going to do one part, it will usually be cheaper to get all three (swingA, wheels) done all together. The Ureathane Paint is tough, but they will chip when mounting new tires.
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If you are going to powder coat, there is usually a set up fee where they will "bead blast" the part or parts. If you are going to do one part, it will usually be cheaper to get all three (swingA, wheels) done all together. The Ureathane Paint is tough, but they will chip when mounting new tires.
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Called a local place here in town and the guy quoted me $100/wheel and about $100 for the swingarm. I don't know anything about the qulity of his work. Is it relatively simple i.e. you would have to be a moron to F it up. The only reason why I called this guy is I see his shop every day on my way to work.. convenience.
 

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1 note of caution....I had wheels pwd coated on 3 different bikes and the finish is great. However, on 1 bike I notices that the front would shutter under hard braking. I replaced the bearings, etc and still no improvement.

I then decided to pull the rotors and sand the pwd coating away from underneath where the rotors bolted to the rotors. That fixed the problem. It turned out that when the pwd coating cured it was not entirely uniform...off a just a fraction of a mm. ;)
 

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Thanks for the tip. I am excited to see what the end result is going to look like.
Titanium wheels to match the gas tank and black swingarm to match the frame!
 

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1 note of caution....I had wheels pwd coated on 3 different bikes and the finish is great. However, on 1 bike I notices that the front would shutter under hard braking. I replaced the bearings, etc and still no improvement.

I then decided to pull the rotors and sand the pwd coating away from underneath where the rotors bolted to the rotors. That fixed the problem. It turned out that when the pwd coating cured it was not entirely uniform...off a just a fraction of a mm. ;)
Any machined surface that something registers off of should be masked off before powdercoating. Anything that is powdercoated need to be clean, bare metal sand or beadblasting is almost always used to clean and etch the surface. Powdercoat will nearly always give you a more durable surface. No need to clear over it, it would just peel. If your going for a really bling bling look, you can do a multi layer powder coat where a solid base coat is put down such as a silver, then a translucent color like candy blue, rec, purple, etc is put over it. Naturaly its going to cost more.
 

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I have my wheels powder coated and I love them,great shine and tougher than paint.
 

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If your going for a really bling bling look, you can do a multi layer powder coat where a solid base coat is put down such as a silver, then a translucent color like candy blue, rec, purple, etc is put over it. Naturaly its going to cost more.
Or for even better Blingy, polish the aluminum to a brilliant shine then hit it with a translucent.
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Or for even better Blingy, polish the aluminum to a brilliant shine then hit it with a translucent.
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FWIW, hat works, but is not as durable as the polished surface doesnt have have much bite. The silver base coat I used at work is called "Reflecta" and is nearly identical to polished aluminum under a translucent. Plus you have the benefit of doing different materials (aluminum, steel, brass, etc) and have it all look the same. It probaly wont help the original poster, but I have some really good powdercoat shops here in So Cal that do good work.
 

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I posted a few pics of my wheels a few months ago. I have an 01 Erion and I had the wheels powder coated gloss black, then had the lips polished and then had clear powder coat over everything that way i'd never have to mess with the polishing. They turned out perfect, I love them. I can send you pics or give you some pointers on knocking out your bearnings or stripping of the stock paint if you'd like, just let me know. Here in Northern California with everything (polishing, black and clear powder coat = $240). West Coast Powder Coating, awesome guys and they do really good work.
 

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I had my swingarm powdercoated black. I'm so glad I did, it looks great and I get alot of compliments from the people that know what stock looks like. Costed me $175, so you're getting a good deal.
 

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A word of reassurance - Dont get freaked out if the person powdering your wheels tells you that 'stuff' (foam) leeched out of the swingarm during the baking process. The owner called me and thought there was a problem, but he was comforted when I told him the swingarm is foam injected (which expands when baked). Needless to say, mine was the first Honda sportbike swingarm he had encountered.
 

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A word of reassurance - Dont get freaked out if the person powdering your wheels tells you that 'stuff' (foam) leeched out of the swingarm during the baking process.
What the phuck is someone doing baking the wheels while still mounted?
 

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Pete said:
What the phuck is someone doing baking the wheels while still mounted?
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Dont get freaked out if the person powdering your wheels tells you that 'stuff' (foam) leeched out of the swingarm during the baking process.
If the guy powder coating your wheels tells you something happened to your swingarm during the baking process, then maybe you should look for another shop . . .
 
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