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Hey guys,

My front tyre has a strip probably about 15cm long and 3cm wide where the white paint has been stripped off.. The wheel isn't cracked or anything so its not dangerous or anything.

There was a strip of white tape over it, which made it very very hard to see unless you look at it from 20cm away. I took the tape off to make sure there weren't any cracks underneath, and as a result the tape cracked, as it must have been there for a while and turned hard.

Don't have time for stripping, priming, sanding and re-painting the wheel so is there any other quick fix for this? (I may do this in uni holidays IF I have time and IF i can be bothered and IF it's not too expensive) Or should I just get some more white tape?

Also, the tape that was on there was very wide (wider than most white masking tapes that I could fine) and it was completely flat (as opposed to masking tape which has the small bubbles on it).. Does anyone know where I can get this tape?


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alex92 said:
My front tyre
Tire or the rim ?
Maybe a white posca to cover the metal underneath ?
Otherwise check out a signwritting joint as they have some pretty robust stickers that I'm sure will do the trick if thats all your after.
 

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just a suggestion, but maybe brake fluid got onto your rim? check for leaks, cause i know brake fluid can be a bitch.
 

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I'd just get some prepwash and a white rattle can. newspaper off the tyre and breaks and just give the rim a quick hit with the can to bring it back to pretty.

At least then you wouldn't have to worry about tape any more.
 

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cheap, quick fix?

cover up all surronding areas with dropsheets/paper/ wateva

rough up the spot with sand paper, working finer up to about 2000 grit.

several quick light coats then clear coat.

provided you cover up all the surrounding areas, you can do this while the wheel is still attached.

More tightase? Use whiteout (tipex) smear it on your thumb, then smear it on the wheel.
 

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ajpennypacker said:
alex92 said:
My front tyre
Tire or the rim ?
Maybe a white posca to cover the metal underneath ?
Otherwise check out a signwritting joint as they have some pretty robust stickers that I'm sure will do the trick if thats all your after.
Sorry, yeah the rim. Hmm I know a signwriter. Might do this, thanks :) I think this is what was actually on there, not white tape. On second thoughts i looks more like a sticker :)

Thanks alot
 

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alex92 said:
ajpennypacker said:
alex92 said:
My front tyre
Tire or the rim ?
Maybe a white posca to cover the metal underneath ?
Otherwise check out a signwritting joint as they have some pretty robust stickers that I'm sure will do the trick if thats all your after.
Sorry, yeah the rim. Hmm I know a signwriter. Might do this, thanks :) I think this is what was actually on there, not white tape. On second thoughts i looks more like a sticker :)

Thanks alot
Too easy mate :)
Otherwise if you have the time and money, definitely polish those rims.
 

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Ill have time in a couple weeks. And I have the money, I just didn't plan on spending too much on my first bike..

How exactly would I go about polishing the rims? (might as well do them both) How long would it take and how much would I be looking at spending?
 

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There should be a thread on rim polishing, otherwise just search google for a comprehensive guide.
Basically mask off the ares you want to keep paint on.
Apply paint stripper.
Remove paint stripper and paint.
Use fine wet n dry to remove remaining paint.
Keep going finer and finer with the paper grades until you have a nice smooth surface.
Use a fairly heavy cutting agent and begin to polish the rim.
Move to finer grades of polish until you have a beautiful polished rim :)
 

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If you do polish them just to the lip. keeping the whole wheel clean and sparkling is a prick.
 
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