Yamaha R1 Forum: YZF-R1 Forums banner

How make the "wheels" aluminium colour instead of black???

2667 Views 20 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  jstbecauz
I have bought a R1-2001, pick it up on Monday! :rock

But the wheels are black, I want them alu-colored as the older one of R1.

How do I do this?

Is it hard to do it by yourself?!?

Please help me!

And sorry for my bad english! :error

1 - 1 of 21 Posts
Aircraft stripper question

I see alot of you guys writing about using aircraft stripper to take the black off the wheels. I have a silver R1 on the way, and I'm planing on doing the same thing, leaving the black on the middle section and spokes, and stripping and polishing the outside perimeter (FYI, THEN getting them clear powder-coated is a great idea, everyone, to keep them preserved! Polished aluminum can be high maintainence, especially on WHEELS)

My one question regards masking off the center section of the wheels. I'm confused because aircraft stripped is some serious shit - it is strong and eats right through the paint (which is designed to be strong enough to stay on the wheels!) So what KIND OF TAPE are you guys using to mask up the center section, so the stripper doesn't eat through it and strip the middles?

Lastly, for anyone who wants to polish the rims (not leave them satin) start with 320 grit and then work up to 400, 600, 1000, 1500 and 2000...Finally do the polishing with 3M aluminum polish and follow with the 3M hand glaze...If this sounds like too much work, go look at the best polished frames and go ask how they got them to look like a mirror!!! You can get all the high-grade sand paper + polish and hand glaze at any automotive body supply house - anywhere that they sell automotive paint.

please write back about the masking question - I'm very interested to see what you guys are using
See less See more
1 - 1 of 21 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.