Mag is­sues

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Fettling -

I have a Du­cati 996 which is fac­tory-fit­ted with five-spoke March­esini wheels. I’d like to have the wheels re­fin­ished due to the rav­ages of time, but I’ve ap­proached a num­ber of pow­der­coaters, painters and metal fin­ish­ers and all are hes­i­tant to carry out any work due to be­ing un­sure about the ma­te­rial, how it would re­act to re­mov­ing the ex­ist­ing fin­ish, prepa­ra­tion and the process of fin­ish­ing.

I’ve heard some scary sto­ries in re­search­ing this on the web and Duke fo­rums about the ma­te­rial break­ing down and ox­i­dis­ing, which can weaken the wheel strength, as well as lis­ten­ing to ex­perts in the in­dus­try about their con­cerns.

Craig Galvin, email

A good pow­der­coater is right to be cau­tious as mag­ne­sium wheels re­quire

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