I have a cross-laced spoked wheel that was chromed. I want to powdercoat the wheel and hence had to remove the chrome layer first. The shop that I sent the wheel to told me that after removing the chrome, they found that the rim is nickel-plated. Heres the thing. To remove the nickel plating acid has to be used. That will have a detrimental effect on the spokes. I do not want to remove the spokes as I do not have anyone where I live who can lace and true them again. It seems from my reading of articles on the Net that some thinks that powdercoating can be accomplished on nickel-plated surfaces, while I have seen some comments that hold the view that the powdercoating will be poor on such a surface. Does anyone here have experience with my situation? As of now, the only solution to me seem to be to mask the wheel so that the nickel plating can be removed by grit-blasting, and then to re-mask the wheel for powdercoating. Appreciate some advice here.