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removing anodizing?(7 posts)

removing anodizing?fooch
Oct 4, 2002 10:05 PM
oi want to change the colour of my rims, currently anodized red. cant stand the colour, they are aero rims and just a bit too bright for me. how would i remove the anodizing without removing any of the aluminium?

i need to remove all the anodizing as not only is it visible btwn the machined braking surface and the spokeholes, its also visible between the braking sueface and the tire....

i'm then going to powdercoat or spraypaint the non-braking surface black - any suggestions or comments?

thanks in advance
Check this site out..Dave Hickey
Oct 5, 2002 2:22 AM
It's a website on how to anodize but he shows you how to remove the old anodizing.

http://www.focuser.com/atm/anodize/anodize.html
Wow - I've never seen anodizing done like that before (nm)B2
Oct 5, 2002 3:45 AM
re: removing anodizing?legs
Oct 5, 2002 8:32 AM
its old school ala 1980's to have the anodizing on the braking surface.. and by design the anodizing rubs off with brake use.. it doesnt take long...
easy-offdesmo
Oct 5, 2002 9:45 AM
we used to use Easy-Off oven cleaner to take it off AN fittings at the auto shop I worked at.
way too much trouble....C-40
Oct 5, 2002 11:52 AM
On large parts like stems or cranks, it's not too difficult to sand off anodize using 320 sandpaper (usually done prior to polishing). 320 grit sandpaper will work on the braking surface of your rims.

If these are built wheels, you can't powdercoat without disassembling the wheels. Painting a built wheel would also be a major pain. Masking around every spoke nipple won't be fun. You will also find that common spray paint in cans (Krylon and the like) won't be very durable.
I think so too.Spoke Wrench
Oct 7, 2002 7:33 AM
It looks to me like it would be a lot easier, cheaper, look better and probably safer to replace the rims with ones that you like.