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Hi I'm thinking of having my spiked wheels powder coated,does anybody know if the process would damage or weaken the spokes,Thanks chris

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10chris46 @ 03/04/2018 09:59  

Shouldn't damage your spoked wheels.

You could have them striped and rebuilt only painting the rims and hubs or you could paint the whole assembeld wheels coating the spokes, hubs and rims. The choice is yours.

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Stuie @ 04/04/2018 19:58  

It won't damage them per se, but it may not give the result you want, if it's just cosmetic?
Unless they're stainless spokes (and then why would you want to coat them..) they are almost certainly galvanised, and the curing temperature of the powder coating will almost certainly cause some out-gassing as you'll have oxides and other things lurking in the surface. Which will probably lead to poor adhesion, peeling, lumps, and cracks on the powder coating.

New spokes are relatively inexpensive, and wheel building is not that dear either.
May I ask why you want to coat them? Curious...

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Panuno @ 04/04/2018 21:07  

Thanks for your replies, I'm having them coated because previous owner didn't look after it and they look a mess,also having paint job done and want wheels to look as good as the rest of the bike

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10chris46 @ 07/04/2018 12:01  

Look a mess...? In what way?

Genuine spokes should clean up OK with some mild grade wire wool, unless they're really pitted.

In which case, it would be wiser to have the wheel rebuilt...which isn't much different to the cost of powder coating and would look far superior.

Same with the wheels...even chrome will take a soft paste polish and very mild cutting.

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nickscafe @ 19/04/2018 20:53  

From my experience, any kind of coating on spokes is a waste of time, because it damages so easily. Stainless is the best option any day.

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Chrisnic @ 30/04/2018 12:53  

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