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post #1 of 12 Old 06-10-2007, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Painted my wheels with 2 part epoxy....

I'm not a big fan of black wheels on the V Strom. I painted the wheels on my 04 using a Groits Garage wheel paint kit. But this kit is only available in a Mercedes silver color. I found a two part epoxy system that is used extensively in the firearms industry that is VERY easy to apply. You mix the two parts, no need for reducer, and spray with a touch-up gun or an airbrush........Extremely hard finish. I test sprayed a piece of aluminum and after 24 hours it just about impossible to scratch, and the paint takes two weeks to harden 100%, although the bike can be ridden after just a few hours......But I'd stay out of the gravel for a week or so......

Here's the paint and it's available in lots of colors ( I used Titanium to match the engine on the 07 Wee)at;

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Lauer DuraCoat Firearm Finish Titanium 8 oz



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Front fender is out being painted same color as the fairings...Stay tuned!

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Good find. I'm not a fan of the black wheels either. Too many black parts on my 05. I want to paint my wheels gold.


Yours looks good. Amazing how much lighter the bike looks without black wheels.

How much paint was required to do 2 wheels?

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8 0z...........I had enough left over to do the forks if I had wanted to, but since I wasn't prepared for this, I sprayed it all on the rims. You can buy the paint in 4 oz and 8 oz sizes.

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How hard was it to paint the wheels... how long did it take?

I like the look A LOT...
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What surface prep did you do? What did you use for a spray gun?

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Prep?

I cleaned them real good with Greased Lightning, followed by MEK (Methel Ethel Keyton)(sp?), and finally Alcohol. A light sanding with 220 grit, followed by another cleaning with MEK. (MEK is the solvent for the two part epoxy)

I did not demount the tires. I removed the cush drive and the brake rotors, masked everything off and sprayed them.

I used a Touch-Up gun I bought at Sears for under $50 with my small shop compressor. Nothing fancy.



Work relatively quickly as the epoxy dries in about 20 minutes at 70 degrees. But this is plenty of time to work. I did one wheel at a time. Cleaning my gun with MEK after each application. One coat covered fine. It seems real hard to get this stuff to run. You can lay it down relatively thick as it isn't dependent on air to dry, it dries with a chemical reaction no mater how thick...........DON"T LEAVE IT IN THE SPRAY GUN while you prepare the second wheel!

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That looks cool, I'm thinking about doing the lime green.

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That looks cool, I'm thinking about doing the lime green.
Like the Kawasaki green Strom at the Reno gathering. Was real neon. Kind of cool looking though.

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If they had neon blue, I'd do that.

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Prep?

I cleaned them real good with Greased Lightning, followed by MEK (Methel Ethel Keyton)(sp?),
Have at it!
Hope you used gloves when using MEK Methyl Ethyl Ketone............is a carcinogenic if handled over time. I deal with chemical clean-up's as a way of life and these chemicals even though bought at any hardware store are very dangerous through skin absorption.

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