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Repainting Spare Wheel

 
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johnk
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2003 Stella 2T & 2012 Stella 4T

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:05 am    Post subject: Repainting Spare Wheel Reply with quote

When I bought my 2003 2T a few months ago, it had not been well cared for. All three tires were date-stamped from 2001. I couldn't get the spare tire off the wheel because the inside was so full of rust. I had to cut the tire widthwise to break it free of the wheel. So I decided to repaint the spare wheel.

I first cleaned them off with soap, and then sanded. It took me about an hour per half-wheel to sand the rust down by hand. I'm planning to buy a powertool before attempting this again. I did most of the heavy sanding with 80-grit, then finished with 180, 400, and 1500. I was very glad I used a dust mask. After sanding, I wiped everything down with rubbing alcohol.

I decided to cover the entire wheel in primer and paint the outer sides black. Here are the "before" pictures. I'll post the "after" pictures when the paint dries. Due to the sanding, plus all the waiting between coats (3 coats of primer and 3 coats of color), this took about four hours.
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johnk
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2003 Stella 2T & 2012 Stella 4T

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wheel came out looking pretty good. Not perfect, but a thousand times better than it was.

I used Rust-Oleum primer and Dupli-Color Wheel Paint. I think it could have used another few coats, and much more time to dry between coats, as well as more time to dry (more than overnight) before I put the wheel back together. The paint was still very soft this morning, and I made a few scratches in it by bumping it with a wrench.

Also, I would recommend painting every side the same color, and not just leaving primer on one side like I did, because the primer is visible when the wheel is assembled.

I'll make another post after the paint has dried a bit more and I've mounted it on the bike.
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johnk
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2003 Stella 2T & 2012 Stella 4T

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished the job today.
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whereshaldo
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Joined: 17 Aug 2019
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Location: Seattle
Stella 2T 150, Honda C70

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh we even have the same color! Those rims look good. Its amazing what painting rims will do to any vehicle. If you want to get fancy you can hand-paint an orange stripe in the concavity of the rim lip and it looks sharp. Just spin the wheel and let the paint lay itself down with a small brush.
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modsquad
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Location: california
2005 stella 2t

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:24 pm    Post subject: painting spare Reply with quote

I also painted my spare to match the scooter. But I ended up mounting it on my rear rack because I couldn't get to fit right where it's supposed to go...Bill
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:59 am    Post subject: rear rack mounted spare Reply with quote

here's another pic.
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