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Painting of Aluminum Frame / Fork(3 posts)

Painting of Aluminum Frame / ForkCraigVM
Sep 3, 2001 4:46 PM
I am thinking of painting an aluminum frame and fork and was wondering how others have achieved this. I have read about removing the old paint with special striping compounds but I was thinking of just having it sandblasted as I have had done to chromoly frames in the past but am not certain if this is advised with aluminum. Also it has been my understanding that powdercoating provides the most durable finish for bike frames. Does anyone know if this can be done with aluminum also.
Thanks
save yourself some $$spookyload
Sep 4, 2001 12:41 AM
Go to your local hardware store and buy a can of "aircraft grade paint remover" You spray it on, leave it for ten minutes, and when you come back, the paint will be in a pile on the floor. Simply wipe it clean with a rag. The frame will be all pretty and shiny like it was the day it was born. Sandblasting can be very dangerous with the thin wall aluminum. If you must blast something, get someone who beadblasts instead of sandblasting. I just can't see how it could compete with a $5 can of paint remover in cost though. Plus the stripper wont change the integrity of the frame like blasting in one spot too long could.
Go with Powder coatDave Hickey
Sep 4, 2001 5:35 AM
Powder coating in not only cheaper, but it's a more durable finish for aluminum. For paint to adhere to Aluminum, an epoxy primer/sealer need to be used. I've had body shops quote $200 and up just to paint an aluminum frame. I've seen powder coat paint jobs for less than $100