Painting Spokes

Has anyone had good success painting spokes? The LBS here can’t get any
short black spokes, so I want to paint a batch. The last time I painted
spokes, I sanded them slightly, sprayed them, let them dry a while, and
then baked them for a few hours at 180 degrees F to cure the paint. This
still didn’t leave me with a decent finish, though, as the paint has
scraped off in numerous places during a year’s worth of riding.

This time I was planning on also using some acetone on them prior to
painting to ensure that there’s no oil on them. Does anyone else have a
good recipe that works?

Thanks,

Chris

Chris Reeder wrote:

> Has anyone had good success painting spokes? The LBS here can’t get any
> short black spokes, so I want to paint a batch. The last time I painted
> spokes, I sanded them slightly, sprayed them, let them dry a while, and
> then baked them for a few hours at 180 degrees F to cure the paint. This
> still didn’t leave me with a decent finish, though, as the paint has
> scraped off in numerous places during a year’s worth of riding.

What kind of paint did you use? I would expect most paints to scrape off
to abrasion. Maybe something like an epoxy paint would hold up better?

Or maybe you just need to cough up for those cool titanium spokes that
they’re selling at Unicycle Source now… <grin>

Greg

“Wow, I didn’t know being a super hero could be so painful.”

> What kind of paint did you use? I would expect most paints to scrape off
> to abrasion. Maybe something like an epoxy paint would hold up better?
>
> Or maybe you just need to cough up for those cool titanium spokes that
> they’re selling at Unicycle Source now… <grin>

Has anyone tried these in a Sun DoubleWide or similar? Just wondering if
they’re strong enough for a trials uni. I’ll have to check out lengths, I
originally wanted (18) 216mm (one radial side) and (18) 229 mm (one three
cross side), but they (the LBS) said they’d have to cut and rethread to
get those lengths. So instead I’m going with (36) 238 mm for four cross on
both sides. So much for being creative.

Chris

LEOFWHITE wrote:
>
> >uni. I’ll have to check out lengths, I originally wanted (18) 216mm
> >(one radial side) and (18) 229 mm (one three cross side),
>
> Chris, are you going to have a disk brake on the cross side ??

I hope to eventually.

>
> Leo White (229 sounds about right for 3 cross, 4 cross on 36 might not
> work if the rim has eyelets, because the nipples will protrude at one
> angle, but the spokes may need to bend at a greater angle - over
> -stressing them)

The rim is eyeletted, and the angle thing is a bit of a problem. So far
it’s just that the nipples seem harder to turn than they should for the
tension I have in the spokes. Can I just kink the spokes just below the
nipple to solve both problems?

Chris

>uni. I’ll have to check out lengths, I originally wanted (18) 216mm (one
>radial side) and (18) 229 mm (one three cross side),

Chris, are you going to have a disk brake on the cross side ??

Leo White (229 sounds about right for 3 cross, 4 cross on 36 might not
work if the rim has eyelets, because the nipples will protrude at one
angle, but the spokes may need to bend at a greater angle - over
-stressing them)