After weeks of "should i.....shouldn't i...." i decided to take off the decals of my wheels. I did heaps of research on WW and a few other places about the best way to do it and in the end i got the opinion that it had to be done by sanding. It would take heaps longer than using some sort of chemical but in the end it was the safest way.
The job took me about 5 hours in the end and i could not be happier! The carbon patterns in the wheel match the frame now.
I used a 120 wet and dry sand paper and very lightly used it to removed the top layer of clear coat and to take off all the writing.
Then used a180 wet and dry to really take off all the little bits of paint which remained. The wheels were actually sparyed black too so it was more than just the decals that had to come off.
After doing that for a few hours i used some sort of sanding sponge that the guy told me was around 500 grit. This was great because it took out all the little marks and scratches that the previous sanding had left. After that i used a 1000 wet and dry to completely remove any marks.
After sanding i used a bio cleaner that the guy at the paint store recommended as it takes away any trace of grit and dust on any sanded surface. He made it sound like some magic solution but it was only €6 so i had nothing to loose. I must admit that it was a good product. I thought the wheels were clean before using it but after i used this cleaning product the paper towel was black so it must have lifted all the carbon dust.
I was going to leave the wheels after that but i was worried that without coating them with something the wheels might get damaged by the elements while riding (The weather in NL throws up all sorts of things) so i went to a model store and bought a can of some sort of matt lacquer, just to finish the wheels off.
Interested in what you all think. Oh....broke the WW cardinal rule....forgot to weigh the wheels before and after. But the bike is 100g lighter now than beforeDSC01177
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