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Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

#76 2014-11-02 4:46pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

1979 Tuff 1 post topic.BUTLERGLC I added some before and after pictures there under that topic. Only thing left is some dark spots I was hoping would bleach away or come out in dishwasher to clean up.


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#77 2014-11-02 5:16pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Nice job darkseacret I just picked up an 87 mongoose decade with the white tuffs going to do em the same way this weekend I'll post pics when finished.


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#78 2014-11-02 6:19pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Worried about trying this with alloy (aluminum) hub white Tuff II's...

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#79 2015-03-16 6:24am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Marked


Mongoose/Fusion aluminum bars in pro size. 14" GT Zoot Scoot, Dyno Pretzel Bars and Drain Pipe 22.2mm and Dyno Slammer forks.
I need these, so get at me please.

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#80 2015-03-24 3:56am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Would love to save these GT OG Mag wheels.
They were painted by some other guy and want to bring them back to bright white color..
Hope to manage and get rid of the paint stains.
I will clean them first with warm water and soap, then heated dry in a dishwasher then chlorine bath for a 24hrs..After that I was advised to let them dry and then spray wd40...

Black spots is not dirt, its the black paint I wish to disappear !!

Hope it work yikesyikes

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#81 2015-03-24 6:51pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Ya paint can soak in and stain them.  When your done cleaning them dont's use wd-40 on white mags. use a plastic protectant like armor all or something similar.


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#82 2015-03-26 12:19am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Oh Man,  those GT mags really need a lot o f work to come back to life.
The issue is that I really want them to look nice and not super clean.
The paint stains are a pain to remove which the only way is to lightly sand them very carefully.  I will try it on the w/k and keep u updated with pics..
Wish me luck smile

butlerglc thanks for the advice buddy!!

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#83 2015-03-26 12:59am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Well and truly stuffed up my first attempt. Both wheels were sat in neat household bleach (the thin stuff) for about 3 weeks and this is what happened... roll

http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu122/glamb/GT%20Pro%20Performer/10649626_10203548551649131_5491375482635219984_n.jpg

All metal parts were well greased and all other hubs are fine. Just this one side on one wheel went like this which I don't get as everything was fully submerged in the bleach. This side of this wheel was probably siting on the bottom of the tub the longest.

Needless to say I now have an orphaned GT Performer mag in sparkling White... wink

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#84 2015-03-26 1:44am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

g_lamb wrote:

Well and truly stuffed up my first attempt. Both wheels were sat in neat household bleach (the thin stuff) for about 3 weeks and this is what happened... roll

http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu12 … 9984_n.jpg

All metal parts were well greased and all other hubs are fine. Just this one side on one wheel went like this which I don't get as everything was fully submerged in the bleach. This side of this wheel was probably siting on the bottom of the tub the longest.

Needless to say I now have an orphaned GT Performer mag in sparkling White... wink

Holly crap yikesyikes

Why 3 weeks dude?? This is way too long to let the mags in the bleach!!

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#85 2015-03-26 1:47am

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I had read somewhere a minimum of 24 Hours so I thought I would leave them for up to 72 Hours and believe it or not I just forgot about them.... sad

There seems to be diferent info about whether to dilute the bleach with water or not. I went with the or not option. A lesson learned!

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#86 2015-03-26 1:49am

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Oh and it was my first attempt at bleaching mag wheels wink

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#87 2015-03-26 2:03am

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Never tried it either yet but I am in the process now for my first attempt.. smile
BTW I am not expert but you might be able to use that wheel since the axle bolt holds the bearings in the inside of that metal part, unless it's all f@cke$$ up.. smile

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#88 2015-05-27 8:41pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Will this method work on acs hoops? I tried everything but this and soda blasting. If it does how long should I leave them in for ?

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#89 2015-05-28 1:15am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Shodan wrote:

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.


Good luck.

What grit sandpaper did you use

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#90 2015-05-28 3:38am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

retr0brite gel mixed up from Salon 40 will get the wheels as white as white can get and if you leave it a few days, its not going to eat thru anything.  its so thick once mixed, it clings to where you brush it onto

I have done at least 10 sets of white skyways, perregrines, and OGK's.  gonna do a set of z-rims this weekend, but have no doubt they will come out just as white.


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#91 2016-04-21 11:45am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Just to clarify. No chance an orange tuff could be dyed white? Thanks

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#92 2016-04-21 7:48pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

No , you can only go darker when u dye


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#93 2016-04-22 1:45pm

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Thanks!

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#94 2016-04-22 2:34pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

What about painting the orange one white? Any joy with that approach?

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#95 2016-09-02 8:52am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Possibly a stupid question, I'm getting ready to dye a set of faded lime green tuff II's with lime green RIT professional powdered dye.  Have others been bleaching the colored wheels before dying the same color, and does that help with uniformity of results... or is bleach just unnecessary for dye?

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#96 2016-09-02 5:29pm

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#97 2017-08-24 6:35am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Here are a set of Red Stones that I did on my first try. Ran through dishwasher 4 times and all brake pad residue scraped with a razor blade. I used RIT Dyemore Advanced Dye for Synthetics, 7-Ounce, Super Pink. Rinsed with cold water, completely coveredhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/222069/20170823_200257599ed61cb0.jpg
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in WD-40 and let sit, then wipe. I was a little skeptical but extremely happy with the results.


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#98 2017-08-24 6:47am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

They look great

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#99 2017-08-27 2:54pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Awesome job !!! Love the color!


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#100 2017-11-28 6:13am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

jamhan456 wrote:

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.

Did you ever do the job on your blue skyways? If so, what was the process and dye formula? How did they come out? Asking because I have a blue set of tuff 1's too that I'd like to do. Thanks for any info and advice!!

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