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Finally found the time to start on my Roadster. Engine is in the frame. Had frame powder coated gloss black. Cleaning up the swingarm and front end. Still haven't determined what to do with the grungy looking cast wheels. Not sure if I just want to clean them off an run them, blast them, or powder coat them. Here's the catch I am probably not keeping this bike. If you were looking to buy an 83 Roadster what about the wheels would draw your attention or be a deal breaker? Only looking to keep another Ironhead on the road not build a show bike or make a fortune off the sale.
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In the 6 hours this post has been up on a Friday afternoon there has been 55 views. Zero comments. I can conclude that all 56 of us don't have that customizing gene to decide on rims. LOL
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If you’re moving it then just clean them up and hit them with some paint, nothing more than that.
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Mask off the polished area and rattle can it black. It's show ya loved it but not interested in a Long Term Relationship.
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Old grungy cast wheels can clean up, get a coat of wheel paint and make everything else look that much better…



Sprayed and brushed with Totally Awesome and then an aircraft aluminum cleaner that etches the surface. The paint is “Wheel Steel” which unfortunately is discontinued but there are some good choices out there.

No need to pay for blasting or powder coat, just some good cleaning and paint.
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Clean em’ that’s it. Won’t make a difference either way. I’ve sold 6 IHeads this year, whomever is buying it is not concerned with what color the wheels are.
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New tires make a (for sale) bike look better.
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Excellent replies. Pics are priceless. Tim that's the same rims I have. Clean and paint is what I will do. That silver looks great. I've never had good luck masking and painting I always manage to screw it up. They will be a solid color.
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That's one of the problems with new or refurbished parts on an old motorcycle.

A nice clean freshly painted frame and very second hand looking wheels makes people "uncomfortable". "Why ?" They will ask themselves (and maybe you as well).

Did you pull the really nice wheels off to keep for yourself ? Did someone steal them ?
Have you lost interest in finishing the bike ?
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Unfortunately a clean painted frame makes any other unrestored components look worse. On a seller, I try to present as a solid base. Fresh engine in a chipped up chassis, in my experiences, seems to be more appealing than a shiny chassis with a fresh paint job. New chain, tires, fork seals ect on a less than esthetically pleasing chassis, brings a faster sale. Most people are fearful of doing engine work, but think they can just simply paint the tins and make it “their own custom”. Once you put the bike up for sale and have some tire kickers come around, you’ll hear 90% of their glossy eyed visions of “candy apple this and that”. No questions of wheel brg condition, trans end play specs, swing arm service ect.
The difference in a solid rider and a shiny used bike is usually in the favor of a solid rider (In my experiences). As the mechanic, the less expensive route is usually towards making a solid rider. And generally not only provides the buyer with a better purchase, but also pays for some (not much) of your time. Understandable that most of the time for us guys, it’s a labor of love, not profit.
Long winded response to should I paint these wheels, but just passing on my experiences.
An 83” not so much, but when I see an older IH with a painted frame, the first question I ask is “who straightened the frame prior to painting?”. Ive never seen one put on the frame table that was in spec.

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