So anyone who has or is considering powder coating their wheels wonders how the end result will look. It's hard to know without dropping a lot of money to just get it done. It's also only really viable to do when you are changing your tires as well.
With plasti-dip you can get a good result for a lot cheaper and you do not need to wait until you need new tires either. The total cost for this was a grand total of $24 bucks.
-Plasti-dip in spray can form (color of your choice) at least 3 cans
-tools to removed wheels and hardware
-old newpaper or magazines
-wheel degreaser/rubbing alcohol
-about 1.5 days without your bike being operational
Step One - Removal of Wheels
I wont go into much detail here since there are plenty of other guides out there for removing your wheels. I will recommend that you hold your brakes up by something instead of letting them dangle. I used the rear passenger peg for the rear brake and some speaker wire for the front brakes.
Step Two - Remove all wheel hardware
I chose to leave on the stem caps and the wheel weights (only had one on front) but that is completely up to you. Everything else needs to go!
Step Three - Wash those wheels!
You want to remove all of the grease from your wheels and make them look like new. I chose to use my bathtub for easy cleanup and a better environment. I first sprayed the wheel degreaser on the wheels and let it sit for a few minutes before washing thoroughly with water. I then reapplied more degreaser and used a sponge to really remove everything possible. Do this for the entirety of each wheel. If you have any really stubborn spots with chain lube, use rubbing alcohol. Please make sure you ventilate the area properly.
Step Four - Wheel prep
Now you want to really set yourself up for success. Once you start spraying the plasti-dip you really wont have much opportunity to change anything. I used electrical tape to cover the threads for the calipers and just cut a circle out of a index card or magazine page to cover the center area. Then I placed index cards in a circle between the tire and wheel. You want to block out any vision of the tire's surface but if any does happen to get through it is no big deal. It will come off of the tire easily without coming off of the wheel.