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    How do you tell if a wheel has been powder coated or just painted

    I will admit that I don't know everything. I do guess a lot but am not always right.

    I have never powder coated anything in my life. I have used spray cans and done ok on some projects.

    I have a set of wheels that came with my last Hawk purchase. My guess is that they are powder coated.

    Questions:
    If condition is excellent, is there a difference in value based on how they are painted?

    Can you tell by a few pictures if it is powder coated or would that still just be a guess?

    Is there some kind of test I could do that would indicate powder coated. Like rub Acetone on the inside part of rim?

    Thanks for any thoughts you may have on this.

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    Bill,
    88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, 2021 Rebel 1100 (bike 41) Some Past/sold in reverse order:,FZ09,97 Magna #1&2 , 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

    #2
    This article may help you.

    How to Determine if Coating is Powder or Liquid | Products Finishing (pfonline.com)
    "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme"
    1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson


    '88 Blue 99% stock SOLD
    '88 Restomod
    '16 Yamaha FJ-09

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      #3
      Thanks Zuggy. I clicked on the link and read what they said. I will check them out with paint acetone first then paint remover in a non-visi to get a feeling how resistant it is. When I blow up the pictures they tend to have that powder coated texture that was mentioned..
      Bill,
      88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, 2021 Rebel 1100 (bike 41) Some Past/sold in reverse order:,FZ09,97 Magna #1&2 , 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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        #4
        Originally Posted by BillnOroville View Post

        Thanks Zuggy. I clicked on the link and read what they said. I will check them out with paint acetone first then paint remover in a non-visi to get a feeling how resistant it is. When I blow up the pictures they tend to have that powder coated texture that was mentioned..
        That's how I usually tell. The texture and feel.

        If all else fails I'll find a place to try and scratch it..

        Let us know what you find!
        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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          #5
          Ok, today I got a wheel down and rubbed a wetted rag with Acetone on a spot. Nothing on rag doing it twice. Then I put a large drop of paint remover on it and waited about 30 seconds or so. Rubbed it with a q-tip and just faintly got color. The texture can also be seen in the pictures if you click on and enlarge them. I'm going to call them powder coated and be confident they are.

          thanks Ziggy (not Zuggy.....sorry). and 6
          Bill,
          88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, 2021 Rebel 1100 (bike 41) Some Past/sold in reverse order:,FZ09,97 Magna #1&2 , 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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            #6
            I just close up'ed the pics Looks like powder in the pic to me. It would be hard to try and spray that texture that even if I where trying. Combined with what you did I'd also be comfortable calling it power coat also.

            I think you are safe sir.
            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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              #7
              Originally Posted by BillnOroville View Post
              Ok, today I got a wheel down and rubbed a wetted rag with Acetone on a spot. Nothing on rag doing it twice. Then I put a large drop of paint remover on it and waited about 30 seconds or so. Rubbed it with a q-tip and just faintly got color. The texture can also be seen in the pictures if you click on and enlarge them. I'm going to call them powder coated and be confident they are.

              thanks Ziggy (not Zuggy.....sorry). and 6
              You are more than welcome.
              I have been called worse..........much worse.
              Last edited by Ziggy; 03-12-2022, 10:28 AM.
              "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme"
              1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson


              '88 Blue 99% stock SOLD
              '88 Restomod
              '16 Yamaha FJ-09

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