Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Findlay, Ohio, USA
Model: 1997 Gl1500A with SE features
I'm going to attempt making my rims and final drive cover look like anodized red aluminum using the Dupli-color Metalcast system. I cleaned up my back wheel which was in horrible shape from all of the black grease and brake dust that sat on the rim for a period of time from apparent neglect and I'm just not happy with the splotchy look that it left (likely from the chemicals in the wheel cleaner I used). It took three seperate cleanings to get the wheels ready.
Now I could try to polish them but thought what the heck, let's try to anodize them in red to compliment the color of the wing (Candy Red Spectra) and while I'm at it, lets do the final drive cover too. I may even do the brake calipers while I'm at it or just use brush-on red or gold caliper paint on those. This system puts a colored clearcoat on chrome surfaces but will also work on less shiny metals such as cast aluminum if you first scuff then apply Dupli-color ground coat before the Metalcast paint. See the Dupli-color Metalcast system in action in the YouTube video I've provided below...
I would like to hear your suggestions as to whether I should do just the outer of the wheel or the inside also. As you know, the outer portion of the outer ring is more of a smooth aluminum surface while the inside spoke portion and hub is more of a cast textured aluminum that's factory painted or powder coated grey. The grey portion of the wheel is in perfect condition so I'm thinking...leave that alone and just do the outer ring of the wheels...and of course the entire final drive cover. Any thoughts? I have included a poll above that will run for 5 days. That's the latest time I will be shooting paint. I really value everyone's input so please take the poll. I'm only going to get one shot at this.
I'll take before and after photos of my progression and post them in this thread.
I have also included a picture of a car rim that was done with the Dupli-color Metalcast as an attachment in this post. Visualize this same look on a red goldwing but with a lighter grey inner instead of the black as pictured. I think I like that look best but want to know what you think???
"Like I've always told you, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish *anything*
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1997 Candy Spectra Red GL1500 Aspencade with SE enhancements, customized HaulMaster Tag-along trailer