painting stainles spokes

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  • 05-16-2012
    e39540is
    painting stainles spokes
    So I have seen a few wheels lately with white spokes, and I think it looks way cool.

    I already ordered my spokes though, so I am considering painting them my self. They are DT Swiss double butted stainless. Is there a certain paint that will stick to stainless better? Self etching maybe?

    I think I have it figured out how I would paint them, just not sure with what paint. I figured, I could mask off the threads, and drill holes in a 2x4.

    I am not worried about the added weight, and these wheels are not going to see much use or abuse, if that makes a difference.

    What are your opinions?
  • 05-16-2012
    9er
    White spokes are cool. My rear wheel, where they cross gets noisy at times. Weird.
    Good luck and prep the heck out of those things.
  • 05-17-2012
    logbiter
    I've never done something like spokes, as with any paint project, it's always proper prep (etching metal primer, etc) & the details that matter. I'd use a durable paint (epoxy maybe, or marine topside paint), many light coats if spraying, etc.
    It might be worth seeing if a local powder coater would do them in a batch with something else that is white.
  • 05-17-2012
    Oxtox
    painting spokes sounds like a huge PITA.
  • 05-17-2012
    charlox5
    i'd worry about flex in the spokes causing paint to flake. you'd need the right primer. road debris will probably chip the paint eventually too.

    i would think powdercoating would be more durable.
  • 05-17-2012
    natedg200202
    Whatever method you choose, it's gonna end up looking like crap as a DIY project.
  • 05-17-2012
    TimV
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    painting spokes sounds like a huge PITA.

    This.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by natedg200202 View Post
    Whatever method you choose, it's gonna end up looking like crap as a DIY project.

    And this.

    Sorry to be negative, but I can't see this turning out too well. I recently tried to build a wheel using white Sapim CX-Ray spokes and it was frustrating as hell. On some of the spokes, the paint chipped at the bend from the pressure exerted by the hub. On other spokes the paint cracked along the length of the spoke due to the linear deflection (elongation) during tensioning. And on most of them, the paint chipped near the nipple as a result of my trying to hold the bladed section of the spoke as I turned the nipple. And I tried a lot of methods to avoid this but none worked. It was a mess.

    I suppose you could paint the spokes after the wheel is already built, but that presents it's own set of challenges.
  • 05-17-2012
    tlg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by natedg200202 View Post
    Whatever method you choose, it's gonna end up looking like crap as a DIY project.

    And what's your basis for this?
  • 05-17-2012
    giosblue
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    And what's your basis for this?

    #



    I agree.it will look crap, and if by some miracle it doesn't.It wont be long before it does.
  • 05-17-2012
    Special Eyes
    Sounds like a cool look but impractical. You would need to bead blast and primer first and then use a paint that can be baked to cure hard. Perhaps an epoxy type of coating That still won't guarantee no chipping. A professional industrial painter/plater can do it right for about $250 to 300.

    You have to REALLY want it.
  • 05-17-2012
    gordy748
    Plus for the rear wheel you will lose paint where the spokes cross, especially as you tension them.

    Then again, you could build the wheel then spray-paint it then...
  • 05-17-2012
    bikerjohn64
    I have to agree that it would look cool but also agree that it won't last very long and will look even worse once they start chipping. Once that happens water will get in behind the finish and accelerate the process.
    I have another idea to suggest.
    Go to an electrical outlet type store that sells to electricians and see if you can find length of white shrink-wrap that is small in diameter.
    Then sleeve each spoke and heat to shrink tight. Heck; why not go with a rainbow of colours?
    Better than using straws ;-).
  • 05-17-2012
    charlox5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikerjohn64 View Post
    I have to agree that it would look cool but also agree that it won't last very long and will look even worse once they start chipping. Once that happens water will get in behind the finish and accelerate the process.
    I have another idea to suggest.
    Go to an electrical outlet type store that sells to electricians and see if you can find length of white shrink-wrap that is small in diameter.
    Then sleeve each spoke and heat to shrink tight. Heck; why not go with a rainbow of colours?
    Better than using straws ;-).

    that's not a bad idea, actually.

    the pro-version of this would be to take it to someone that does vinyl wraps.

    but it really would just be easier to buy white spokes.
  • 05-17-2012
    the_don
    Build the wheel, buy a can of white spray paint, spin and spray!
  • 05-18-2012
    ewitz
    If you want to do it right, use this first:

    BulldogŪ

    followed by this:

    Plasti Dip Protective Coating Products | Plasti Dip Protective Coating Products | Rubber Dip Coating

    will give a chip free finish with minimum cost and hassle.
  • 05-18-2012
    tlg
    Plasti Dip. Much more durable than paint. Easy to apply.

    https://www.sportys.com/source/image...large/8683.jpg
  • 05-18-2012
    Oxtox
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Plasti Dip. Much more durable than paint. Easy to apply.

    https://www.sportys.com/source/image...large/8683.jpg

    fail...that stuff is seriously thick and is not easy to apply in a precise manner.

    using it on spokes will make them look like crap...
  • 05-18-2012
    natedg200202
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    And what's your basis for this?

    Life experience and common sense.
  • 05-18-2012
    tlg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by natedg200202 View Post
    Life experience and common sense.

    Well some people are better at DIY projects than others. There's no reason you can't paint spokes yourself just as well as from the factory. Painting isn't rocket science. But proper preparation is key.
  • 05-18-2012
    tlg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    fail...that stuff is seriously thick and is not easy to apply in a precise manner.

    If it's seriously thick, you're doing it wrong. It can be thinned with thinners if necessary. It should be applied at 6 - 8 mills per dip (.006"-.008") Recommended coating thickness is 12 -15 mils (.012"-.015"). That's not very thick.
  • 05-18-2012
    Oxtox
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    If it's seriously thick, you're doing it wrong. It can be thinned with thinners if necessary. It should be applied at 6 - 8 mills per dip (.006"-.008") Recommended coating thickness is 12 -15 mils (.012"-.015"). That's not very thick.

    I've used the stuff before and it's exactly as I described it in a previous post.

    it's probably the last substance on Earth I would apply to a bicycle wheel spoke.

    ymmv.
  • 05-18-2012
    charlox5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Well some people are better at DIY projects than others. There's no reason you can't paint spokes yourself just as well as from the factory. Painting isn't rocket science. But proper preparation is key.

    with the required materials and equipment to apply them as well as some level of expertise, it really would just be easier to buy white spokes.
  • 05-18-2012
    ewitz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    I've used the stuff before and it's exactly as I described it in a previous post.

    it's probably the last substance on Earth I would apply to a bicycle wheel spoke.

    ymmv.

    Use the rattle can version.
  • 05-18-2012
    Oxtox
    as a DIY project, this is way more work than it's worth....
  • 05-19-2012
    savagemann
    Even if you were to get the spokes to look good, I don't see the paint holding up well.
    Especially through the lacing process.
    It seems like they would get scratched up lacing them through the hub and bending them around eachother.
    I would just drop the extra $$ on new white spokes if you really want them.