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Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

#101 2018-02-07 7:09am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Hello,

Is there anyone that will rebuild a rear Skyway Tuff Wheel I mag (76) with a Bendix Coaster brake thats on my Redline Squareback? Im going to call it my races or cups for the rear hub; they are cracked and if you tighten the rear wheel up in the frame the wheel will lock up. Does anyone sell the parts that I need to rebuild these or know where I can get them? Please get me some more information. I have looked for the rebuild kits and I even purchased a kit but of course it was not the correct kit for the rear hub rebuild of a 1976 coaster brake Skyway Tuff 1 mag. I would be willing to pay someone to rebuild the mag. I would pay for shipping both ways of course. Please let me know if you can help. Any information would be appreciated.

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#102 2018-02-09 6:37pm

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I dyed my mags but the brown spots stayed. Do you guys think that bleaching first then dying would eliminate the spots or do I need to soda blast?

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#103 2018-06-20 2:17pm

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I'm thinking of trying this with my GT mags. Will the bleach strip away the black in the GT logos on the wheels?

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#104 2018-06-22 7:14pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

fanboy77 wrote:

I'm thinking of trying this with my GT mags. Will the bleach strip away the black in the GT logos on the wheels?

No , the bleach wont harm the GT logos. Just don't leave them in more than 24 hours and protect the bearing races and any other metal parts with vaseline.


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#105 2019-05-27 12:09am

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Zrims I dyed red there darker red


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#106 2019-05-27 6:52am

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Nice set of wheels.

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#107 2019-09-07 10:51pm

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I've just payed good money for an original set of black skyway II's ... I was rubbing them back with a fine wet rub to remove some scratches and scuffs, low and behold the rear is painted??! Thanks ebay.
So it's original red but been painted black, do I just re-paint it black or is there another way? Most posts so far are for bleaching and colouring but I want to go black. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#108 2021-05-22 10:06pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Old post but it's worth a shot. I have had one of my original z rim hoops laying around forever and recently found a super faded Grey one. I really would like to dye them hot pink to use them on a build. I am very skeptical about getting them to match. Anyone attempt to match dye color of mis matched color wheels?https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/206716/20210523_00043760a9e2b20a.jpg
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#109 2021-05-22 10:14pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

spud440 wrote:

I've just payed good money for an original set of black skyway II's ... I was rubbing them back with a fine wet rub to remove some scratches and scuffs, low and behold the rear is painted??! Thanks ebay.
So it's original red but been painted black, do I just re-paint it black or is there another way? Most posts so far are for bleaching and colouring but I want to go black. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#110 2021-05-23 7:36am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

N8-oldschool wrote:

Old post but it's worth a shot. I have had one of my original z rim hoops laying around forever and recently found a super faded Grey one. I really would like to dye them hot pink to use them on a build. I am very skeptical about getting them to match. Anyone attempt to match dye color of mis matched color wheels?https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … e2b20a.jpg
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Not sure how they would come out?
All those spots and imperfections would show in the pink.
What is the OG color under the faded gray?


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#111 2021-05-24 9:49am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

question about dying.  If i dye a set of white skyways yellow, does the dye penetrate enough to prevent the brake pads from rubbning though to the original white?

Also, i have a orginal pair od tuff II mags with the metal/alloy hubs.  the front bearings are about to go.  Are those servicable?  Can i remove and repack/replace the bearings on those original whheels?

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#112 2021-05-26 9:20am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

blockerb wrote:

question about dying.  If i dye a set of white skyways yellow, does the dye penetrate enough to prevent the brake pads from rubbning though to the original white?

Also, i have a orginal pair od tuff II mags with the metal/alloy hubs.  the front bearings are about to go.  Are those servicable?  Can i remove and repack/replace the bearings on those original whheels?

No it won't dye deep enough.
Yes the bearings are serviceable.  Just thread off the axle  nuts and cones. The  bearings are loose bearing and will fall out. If they are bad you can buy replacement  ones at your local bike shop.


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#113 2021-10-19 7:26am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Figure I might as well ask here….. as much as I want to hope Skyway made off-white or cream coloured tuffs as that’s what I have just bought I don’t think that’s the case. So hoping to get these things white enough again.

Anyway, I have searched around and have come up with nothing so here goes.

The wheels I have bought are used, they have ‘sealed bearings but aren’t the metal flange type but the cheaper ones. One question I have is how ‘sealed’ are those bearings? Can I put the wheels in my dishwasher with the bearings still in them and expect the bearings to survive ok or do I need to remove them from the wheels prior to machine watching them? Easy done with the front wheel as the bearing is inserted into the hub that is made of the same material as the rest of the wheel so has a little give. But the rear wheel bearings sit in aluminium ‘cups’/housings that have no give whatsoever. And with the centre tube between them I can’t get anything in behind them to push the bearing out. How do you remove this rear set of bearings if I have to before washing the rear wheel?

Thanks for your help.

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#114 2021-10-19 7:27am

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They did make them like that. It was more beige, though.


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#115 2021-10-21 12:27pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

shaky wrote:

Figure I might as well ask here….. as much as I want to hope Skyway made off-white or cream coloured tuffs as that’s what I have just bought I don’t think that’s the case. So hoping to get these things white enough again.

Anyway, I have searched around and have come up with nothing so here goes.

The wheels I have bought are used, they have ‘sealed bearings but aren’t the metal flange type but the cheaper ones. One question I have is how ‘sealed’ are those bearings? Can I put the wheels in my dishwasher with the bearings still in them and expect the bearings to survive ok or do I need to remove them from the wheels prior to machine watching them? Easy done with the front wheel as the bearing is inserted into the hub that is made of the same material as the rest of the wheel so has a little give. But the rear wheel bearings sit in aluminium ‘cups’/housings that have no give whatsoever. And with the centre tube between them I can’t get anything in behind them to push the bearing out. How do you remove this rear set of bearings if I have to before washing the rear wheel?

Thanks for your help.

How dirty are They? Maybe they just need hair peroxide treatment only?


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#116 2021-10-22 10:58pm

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How dirty are They? Maybe they just need hair peroxide treatment only?

They’re actually not too bad dirt wise. I scrubbed both front and rear by hand to get most stuff off, they looked a little patchy with some dirt staining on really fussy close inspection.  I managed to get the front bearings out so stuck that wheel through two cycles in dishwasher and it’s removed pretty much any patchiness. But I still can’t work out how to get rear ‘sealed’ bearings out if I need to.

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#117 2021-10-24 7:20pm

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You should brush on volume 40 or higher hair peroxide on them and leave them in the hot sun for 4 hours. Rinse then flip over and do the other side.
It may take multiple tear tents to get them back to white.


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#118 2021-10-26 4:54am

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butlerglc wrote:

You should brush on volume 40 or higher hair peroxide on them and leave them in the hot sun for 4 hours. Rinse then flip over and do the other side.
It may take multiple tear tents to get them back to white.

Appreciate the help. Time to visit the hairdressers then. Tried my local chemist today and they only have peroxide up to 3% for wound care.

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#119 2021-10-26 8:06am

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

Okay, so I'm wondering, will the bleach take off this nastiness? I've been cleaning these with steel wool and it's taking a bit of time. And doesn't get into the tuff spots.

The dishwasher didn't seem to do enough to them for me to think they didn't need elbow grease

Also, if I scrub them super clean is bleaching necessary? And after bleaching do you need to scrub them more?


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#120 2021-10-26 12:19pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

oneflare wrote:

Okay, so I'm wondering, will the bleach take off this nastiness? I've been cleaning these with steel wool and it's taking a bit of time. And doesn't get into the tuff spots.

The dishwasher didn't seem to do enough to them for me to think they didn't need elbow grease

Also, if I scrub them super clean is bleaching necessary? And after bleaching do you need to scrub them more?


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Just coat the metal flanges  with Vaseline to protect them. Then mix 1 gallon of bleach to 5 gallons  of water and let soak 24 hours. Then rinse  off, the bleach should do all the work. If it still remains the mags may be stained .


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#121 2021-10-26 12:22pm

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shaky wrote:

butlerglc wrote:

You should brush on volume 40 or higher hair peroxide on them and leave them in the hot sun for 4 hours. Rinse then flip over and do the other side.
It may take multiple tear tents to get them back to white.

Appreciate the help. Time to visit the hairdressers then. Tried my local chemist today and they only have peroxide up to 3% for wound care.

It was supposed to say multiple applications.  And we get peroxide from out local beauty supply stores here, it's cheaper than going to a salon.


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#122 2021-10-26 1:44pm

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Re: Restoring Skyway Tuff wheels (bleaching and dyeing)

butlerglc wrote:

oneflare wrote:

Okay, so I'm wondering, will the bleach take off this nastiness? I've been cleaning these with steel wool and it's taking a bit of time. And doesn't get into the tuff spots.

The dishwasher didn't seem to do enough to them for me to think they didn't need elbow grease

Also, if I scrub them super clean is bleaching necessary? And after bleaching do you need to scrub them more?


https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 1904b7.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 18f2cf.jpg

Just coat the metal flanges  with Vaseline to protect them. Then mix 1 gallon of bleach to 5 gallons  of water and let soak 24 hours. Then rinse  off, the bleach should do all the work. If it still remains the mags may be stained .

Thanks, I will try that


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