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Help! Anydized finish.(4 posts)

Help! Anydized finish.elviento
Sep 5, 2002 8:08 AM
Being the poser I am, I think if my rims were black or dark grey, they would go well with the rest of the bike. Since I am happy with these wheels (Shimano 6500), I am wondering whether it's possible to anodize them or bead blast them to be black without taking the spokes off, and without paying an arm and a leg (Afterall, if I sell these and buy a set of 7700s, the additional cost would be $150-200).
Nope (nm)Spoke Wrench
Sep 5, 2002 8:14 AM
Rustoleum, blackmr_spin
Sep 5, 2002 8:21 AM
Might as well buy the 7700s, because it will likely cost you almost as much to do the anodizing.
No can do!RickC5
Sep 5, 2002 10:19 AM
First, you would have to completely disassemble the wheels, as anodizing is a chemical dip process, and the rims might have to be stripped to bare metal prior to dipping. Then, find someone who can anodize such a large piece as a rim. Once you got them back, you'll find that the braking surface is ALSO anodized, and it will look REALLY ugly as your brakes pads wear through the coloring. Plus, they will need to be rebuilt, which should mean new spokes. At least I wouldn't re-use the old spokes. Overall, a bad plan. Spend your money on the 7700s, or just buy some new black rims and have them built using your current hubs.