I did the rim first with wheel on bike. Too much stripper on some parts and dripped on hub. Discovered this 15 minutes later...now there is this single silver streak in the sea of black. Hmmm...alright then. Removed both wheels and decided to strip entire wheel.
Rim was easiest...the hub and spoke were next in line. Hardest were the webbing in the middle and corner of spokes. I used an entire can of Tal Stip II. 2 pieces of fine grade steel wool for the stubborn parts. A small flat head to slowly pick at any spot the wool missed.
Took me 9 hours total...I started on Tuesday, 3 hours each afternoon. After the strip, used acetone for a good wipe. Then some Mother's polish on the machined rim. And finally, sore shoulders and back.
It matches the forks and triple clamps. The rear somewhat flows with the brushed swingarm and muffler. The oem black powdercoat had a mute expression and now it has liven up a bit. I'm almost done with the bike...waiting on a bike side pillion seat cowl.
Anyone else who wants to completely strip their wheels, this is what it looks like.
A little off topic, but I place my swingarm stand just ahead of the weld, not behind. I'm nervous about the pads slipping off the tapered ends, although I will admit they have creeped forward when wet during a wash.
Nice, I really like the white paint. I compounded out the paint on a emerald green '72 Ford Torino GT one time and it sure made my arms scream so I feel your pain.
That white paint sure would look super with deep triple chrome plating, at least in my mind's eye. I was thinking about doing that to my Hondas rims but now I just bought a bike with chrome rims, and that took care of that.
You've a sharp Honda for damned sure though!!
Thanks to all. Cleaning these wheels will be the easiest compared to the other vehicles at home. The BBS mesh on my civic and the WORK mesh on mum's fit are the worst...
I have to watch for oxidation on the bare machined aluminum. It is quite easy to polish with wheel stands...just sit there like an idiot while spinning the wheel hundred of times. When I do get fed up with polishing will probably sent them out for powdercoating...maybe just clearcoat or with white spokes.
semi_gray: Thanks for the concern. I had initially placed the stands in front of the welds but they kept creeping around every time I moved the bike around. Behind the weld, I can roll the bike all over the place without them budging one bit. Though it does wear out the rubber quick...I just replaced a pair today.