The bearings MUST be removed.... the powder coating is heated to about 400 Degrees F. This would melt the grease in the bearing and make a mess of the powder coating it contaminated it. I seen the results of "shortcuts"... it's not pretty!!! You will need new seals for the bearings. If you are PATIENT you can remove them your self, with a Brass drift and plastic mallet. If you have never changed out bearing before, I would enlist the help of someone who has the experience...
Once the rim is powder coated it must be balanced again also!
The tire and stem must also be removed.
Last edited by hagatha; 12-20-2011 at 11:18 PM.