Spokes - paint/varnish the whole spoke?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2017: Spokes - paint/varnish the whole spoke?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Dunlap - Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:42 pm:

When I removed my old spokes from the 1923 touring, the paint covered the parts that were visible, but there was no paint on the portions hidden by the hub and where the spokes touched each other.

I plan to rebuild the wheels with new spokes. I don't know if I should seal and paint or varnish the entire spoke or leave the portion behind the hub exposed. Will varnish or paint on the entire spoke, including the portion where the spokes touch, interfere with pressing them into the wheel?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Zibell, Huntsville, AL on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:51 pm:

Friction holds wood together. If you pain or varnish the entire spoke, friction is reduced where you need it most, at the hub. So my opinion, only pain or varnish what is exposed, and not what is held to the hub.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:54 pm:

I think so. I left the flat parts bare except for a little bit of overspray.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick in Florida on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:07 am:

Eric. The following thread from 2011 documents the lesson I learned while re-spoking my wheel, NOT to paint the mating surfaces, or tenons of each spoke. The tolerances are so close and the spokes fit together so tightly that just the thickness of the paint, when multiplied by 12 (mating surfaces), can add enough combined thickness (as much as 1/8"), to make it impossible for the spokes to properly press in. Jim Patrick

www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/186068.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Martin Vowell, Sylmar, CA on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:19 am:

I think the chief reason you find no paint on mating surfaces, is that they were assembled first then painted, not painted first then assembled. Because some dealers used to sell their cars with non-painted spokes. They were finished with stain and varnish, just not painted like they would've been coming down the line.

As for not painting the mating parts...I like sealing the wood all round...a rather thin coat of stain and clear on the mating surfaces and heavier coats of finish on the showing portions.

Haven't experienced any problems yet and my wheels are as strong as any wood wheel, so I'm thinking that it made not bloody difference at all coating those mating surfaces.


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