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Old November 11th, 2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Wheel lettering: Flaking / rubbing off

I absolutely love how comfortable my Riedell Raven skates are. With each session, they just get better and better. After just 3 skating sessions, I noticed the wheel lettering is just flaking off in different areas. Also, the lettering is rubbing off where the bearing grease has made contact. Does the lettering come off of all skate wheels? Should I clean and apply decal clear coat over the wheel lettering? I love lettering on every thing wheels and tires, even on trucks and classic cars. I'm disappointed that I can't parade my new skates all over the rink without the wheels looking old and used up in a matter of 3 sessions.
I transport my skates without rubbing each other, I don't fall or hit walls.

Any tips and suggestions anybody or am I just being to hard on myself? I must have OCD or something because I even wanted the box my skates came in to be crisp without looking like it fell off of a delivery truck.

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Old November 11th, 2018, 11:03 PM   #2
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It's completely normal for wheels to discolor, and for lettering and decals to come off. It happens to pretty much any wheel, but like you said, you could probably apply something to slow the process, however I've never tried anything like that.
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Old November 12th, 2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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Default Good luck.

The vast majority of sk8 wheel art is pad printed on. The ink / paint does not flex like the wheels and it pops off. Putting something over the surface may help but I fear it will just all come off @ once when the adhesion fails behind thew printed logo.
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Old November 13th, 2018, 07:44 PM   #4
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A little acetone and a rag and just clean off all the graphics and skate em' like you stole em'.
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Old November 13th, 2018, 09:19 PM   #5
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They also make wheels which are imprinted or cut into or raised imprint so it will not go away...here is a sample coming soon from Scott Corey...


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Old November 14th, 2018, 04:39 AM   #6
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Default Wicked Scott Corey!

That's the first time I've ever seen Wicked Scotts close enough
to see the lettering ~ hilarious! As for the printing coming off of
other wheels; I've not noticed any wheels where the printing
stays on particularly well. Generally, I wait until they are down
to 50% or less print remaining and then grab a bottle of 90%
isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel to dispose of any remaining.
I think my Sure-grip Fugitives look better without anyhow =
nothing but green wheels with black hubs ~ delicious!!
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Old November 14th, 2018, 05:11 PM   #7
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I decided to try clear coating my wife's wheel lettering since she only used her skates once and lettering is still new. I wiped them down with soap and damp rag. I brushed on Rust-oleum Painters Touch 2X Clear Gloss with 2 coats. I painted the whole side wall to seal the gold Varsity USA lettering. They are now cured and look like they have that wet tire dressing look. I might swap out my wheels for my wife's now.

I love the Wicked Scott's raised lettering. I would take a small brush and accent them with some enamel paint to really make them stand out. I also like the deep stamped lettering as well. You can fill the recesses with paint and wipe off the excess a lot easier.

I bought Riedell Toe protectors for my Ravens. I meticulously painted the logo red, white, blue and silver with leather paint and it looks like it was done in the factory. I'm thinking about painting the tongue logo the same way since it turned out so good. The logo on my Ravens is just all black and you can hardly see it in low light. Somebody at the rink said to us; "I see that the wife gets the Riedells." No I didn't put better wheels on my Chicago skates from Dicks :-/

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Old November 16th, 2018, 07:07 PM   #8
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That's the first time I've ever seen Wicked Scotts close enough
to see the lettering ~ hilarious! As for the printing coming off of
other wheels; I've not noticed any wheels where the printing
stays on particularly well. Generally, I wait until they are down
to 50% or less print remaining and then grab a bottle of 90%
isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel to dispose of any remaining.
I think my Sure-grip Fugitives look better without anyhow =
nothing but green wheels with black hubs ~ delicious!!
This is a new mold, that's why no one has really seen it that much.

Also, any wheel cut down in width won't have the lettering either.

It would be cool if Scott did 2 color urethane to make those letters pop. obviously hard I'm sure.
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Old November 21st, 2018, 08:17 PM   #9
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The vast majority of sk8 wheel art is pad printed on. The ink / paint does not flex like the wheels and it pops off. Putting something over the surface may help but I fear it will just all come off @ once when the adhesion fails behind thew printed logo.
You were right. My first session at the rink and the clear coat and lettering were flaking off. A little acetone with rag and the clear coat and letters should come off. Now I can skate like I stole them as FanJet8 suggested.. instead of tippy toeing around..:-)

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