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Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

#1 2007-11-02 5:09am

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Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

This information has been copied from www.burnerworld.8.forumer.co.uk and was written by myself many moons ago. I've seen many threads on restoring Skyways so I though I'd give you guys the benefit of my own experiences from across the pond.

Most old Skyways can easily be bought back to life with minimal effort and cost if you have the right tools at hand and some time to spare.
You'll find that over time white Tuff wheels have stained and yellowed and colored Tuffs have faded. Luckily we have the technology at hand to bring them back to life.

So crack a beer, get your Marigolds on and we'll begin....

Firstly remove the axle, cups, bearing etc from both wheels and put them somewhere safe where they won't roll away or be chucked out.

Next you'll need a bucket with a base at least 20" wide to accomodate your wheels. You can usually pick one up for minimal cost from most stores. I use a toy-tidy bucket.

OK, before we can start dyeing we need to get the wheels as clean as possible. Give your wheel a good scrub to get rid of the crud it's accumulated over the last 20+ years.
A regular kitchen scouring pad, hot water and detergent will be fine to remove any brake marks and dirt.
Alternatively, wait for the wife/girlfriend/significant other to go out, then pop them in the dishwasher with 2 tablets.
**Remember, if you get busted, a strange Englishman told you to do it lol **

DYEING

This process will bring a faded colored Tuff wheel back to it's original color and is suitable for any colored Tuff as long as the dye is available.


1. Pop one wheel in the bucket.
2. Fill with the hottest water you can get until the wheel is fully submerged.
3. Let it soak for a while to 'open up the pores' big_smile
4. Add two tins of Dylon Multipurpose dye in the colour of your choice.

*NB*If you are dyeing an old white Tuff wheel a different colour I highly recommend you go through the bleaching process until it is minty fresh to ensure even colouring during the dyeing process.*NB*

5. Add plenty of salt according to the manufacturers instructions (plus a bit more) to ensure the colour REALLY takes hold.
6. Stir the wheel in the water every couple of minutes, turn the wheel over after 10 minutes and continue stirring until the dyeing time is up.
7. Remove the wheel from the bucket, rinse with cold water to remove the salty residue and dry with a lint free cloth.
8. Give the wheels a good spray with WD40 and let it soak in and dry naturally
9. Step back and admire your handywork

NB. If you are dyeing a white wheel to a dark colour you may require up to 5 tins per wheel.
You will probably need to persist to get the wheels darker and should either reboil the dyed water and dye the wheels again or keep them on the boil if you are lucky enough to have a big enough pan.

Repeat for the second wheel and you'll have gone from the wheel in the background to the wheel in the foreground...drool.

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BLEACHING
This process will remove the yellowing and staining from your old white Tuff wheel and can also be used on any light colored Tuff such as Yellow, Orange or Grey before dyeing them.


**Get the cheapest bleach you can find from your supermarket, the thinner the bleach the better it works. the thick stuff is not good for this process and will cost you a fortune anyone so don't bother**

1. Cover the alloy hubs or any exposed metal parts with grease or vaseline before bleaching so that the bleach doesn't start to eat them up.
2. Place the wheels into the bucket.
3. Fill 5 large bottles with water and place them in between the spokes, this will displace the bleach, reducing the overall amount you will need. This is a great tip if you are bleaching 3 or 4 wheels at a time.
4. Pour on the bleach, neat. There is no need to dilute it with water, I've bleached many wheels with differing solutions but neat is best.
5. Now just let the bleach do it's job. You can expect to leave them in the bleach for anything from 24 hours to a couple of weeks.
Check the progress daily and before you know it those old Tuffs will be snowy white again.
6. Once they are at the desired whiteness rinse them off with cold water and allow them to dry. Give the wheels a good spray with WD40 and let it soak in and dry naturally.

**Safety tips**
Ensure that you use gloves at all times, bleach can cause differing levels of irritability.
Never leave an open container of bleach in an area where children or idiots are present.
Make sure the room is ventilated and if possible lock the room when you leave it.
REMEMBER, do not wear your best clothes when using bleach. it will ruin them if you splash yourself.

Superkav

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#2 2007-11-02 6:00am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Wow SuperKav I saw your post on this on vintage,os or rad years ago and this is the method I followed when I did my first set of mags. Guys remember though, it is hard to find dylon dye in the states. Grab the liquid rit dye as an alternative. Works better than the powder and can be found everywhere.

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#3 2009-01-10 2:02pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Having a pop at this right now, I will post up the pics when im done smile

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#4 2009-05-30 7:28am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

nice work..think i might dye a white set SE baby blue

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#5 2009-07-23 5:15pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

will try this out later on my white mags!!

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#6 2009-10-21 8:46am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Very good stuff..On it!


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#7 2009-10-29 7:59pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

what year are these? are these 24? how much are they worth?

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#8 2009-11-08 7:03am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

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#9 2009-11-08 7:19am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

I have a pair of old blue tuff wheel 1's that I'm looking to restore. The stuff I've read here on restoring them seams simple enough to do but I wanted to know if anyone has had experience restoring the blue ones. I only have one shot at doing this and I want it to be as close to the original color as possible. I am also going to try to contact someone at Skywat to see if they can tell me what their blue color formulation was. I figured it's worth a try. Any help or suggestions are appriciated.

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#10 2009-11-08 9:12am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

My restoring experience has been limited to yellow and red so far. I think glass bead blasting would yield great results with little or no elbow grease and time required. If you have searched you probably came across the thread with the blue blasted wheels.

Tha last red ones I did were prety bad and scrubbing with a scotchbrite pad wasn't going to be enough. I used fine sand paper with simple green and water. I was nervous at first because the wheel was getting clean, but still was very faded. When they were sanded to my satisfaction, I scrubbed them again one last time and soaked them down well with WD-40. They look nearly new.

I understand it seem like a big risk to start sanding on a plastic wheel, but it turns out fine.


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#11 2010-12-01 4:05am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

is there anyway to make yellow OGk's to white? Bleach etc? without painting?

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#12 2010-12-01 7:58pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

FINNY(uk) wrote:

is there anyway to make yellow OGk's to white? Bleach etc? without painting?

regards

No you can only go darker. Or the same color to re enhance  the origianal color if they are faded.  I did this peregrine master mag that someone spray painted. I media blasted it, and bleached it and couldn't get all the paint out. Its like it dyed the rim slightly. So i dyed it red and it looks almost new!!
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No more media blasting at this time.
I am always glad to give advice any time!!!

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#13 2011-06-24 1:08pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

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#14 2011-07-18 8:12am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

I have gathered all it takes and am following this step by step on a rare set of yellow tuff IIs I will post piccys when done big_smile erm.... thats if it goes well....you may never here from me again!

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#15 2011-07-22 11:22am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

I have finished them!!!! Have a look at the difference!!! I am well chuffed wi the outcome. Scrubbed and bleached and then dyed.... Regrease and away I go....woooo hoooooo Cost £20 to do including a £15 tub!!!!

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx268/skywayman/IMG_0005.jpg

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#16 2011-07-22 12:54pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Nicely done!!!


No more media blasting at this time.
I am always glad to give advice any time!!!

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#17 2011-10-10 9:10am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

skywayman wrote:

I have finished them!!!! Have a look at the difference!!! I am well chuffed wi the outcome. Scrubbed and bleached and then dyed.... Regrease and away I go....woooo hoooooo Cost £20 to do including a £15 tub!!!!]

Hi!

How did you get the hubs looking so nice? I just bleached some white ones and made sure I got a lot of Vaseline on the metal parts (ones that are visible) but all the little spots where I didn't get it on thick enough they look slightly blacker than the rest.

I would be inmensely grateful as all the other tips you gave worked out great, the wheels came out pristine white!

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#18 2011-10-10 6:56pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

You might just get some aluminum/chrome polish and buff the hubs out. I have a buffer that i put on a cordless drill that works awesome.


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#19 2011-10-11 1:17pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

hi Butler!

I will try that, just wanted some expert advice big_smile

I'll keep you posted!


Robin

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#20 2011-11-12 12:56pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

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#21 2012-03-20 12:21am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

What's the best way to clean the 3 spoke mid school gt wheels with the three gt logos in white and black plastic colour tuffs without stuffing the logos up?


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#22 2012-03-20 3:53pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

What's the best way to clean the 3 spoke mid school gt wheels with the three gt logos in white and black plastic colour tuffs without stuffing the logos up?


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#23 2012-03-20 3:53pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

What's the best way to clean the 3 spoke mid school gt wheels with the three gt logos in white and black plastic colour tuffs without stuffing the logos up?


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#24 2012-03-20 6:36pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

try wd-40 and a scotchbrite pad.


No more media blasting at this time.
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#25 2012-03-21 7:05am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

I touched up the logos with white 2pac paint, and used picture canvas varnish and man they turned out unreal!!! Not a rider so I'm safe smile


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