Hi, is there a good/easy way of getting the paint onto the rear wheel hub in between the spokes? Spokes are varnished, hub is/was/going to be black. I've used paint stripper so a little paint is still hanging on.
Lots of masking tape.Good,yes,easy ,who knows.
If you are talking about the rear break drum, I take that off and paint it separately then reinstall it.
@Dean that sounds like a good plan but the wood spokes won't go sproiinng on me if I take the brake drum off?
Ignacio, if you have old wheels the spokes have been in that position for a 100 years. I think they will stay there as long as you do not beat on them. I have done it many times on new wheels. Has any body had them fly apart?
Can you take both sides of the hub off temporarily without trouble? I have a better hub face that I would like to use but I would have to take the hub face and bolts completely out to do that.
Yes, I painted the rim and spokes with drum and outer flange off. Painted the drum off like I said earlier. Put every thing back together then painted the outer flange and outer hub last. That way you do not mess the paint up tightening the bolts. My wheels were 14 wood fellow built by George Garrigan.
You should support the spokes close to the hub if you need to pound the hub out of the wheel. That way the spokes will stay in place. Clean the hub, repaint it, and reinstall it. Again, support the spokes when you put the hub back in.
What is a good way of supporting the spokes?
Leave the hub in.
2 x 4's
Removing the six nuts on the inside of the brake drum is enough for taking the brake drum off. And that should be enough to get access for cleaning and painting the wheel -any more disassembly tends to be a major trouble without much gain, if you don't really need to replace the hub or the spokes.
The bolts are staked, so removing the nuts without any grinding first may twist off the bolts. They're available new.