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ok lads....i wanna strip the logo's off my components(7 posts)

ok lads....i wanna strip the logo's off my componentsSpirito
Jun 4, 2002 11:06 PM derailleurs, brakes, pedals and such are made by campy but i dont care too much for their branding and id like to strip them without ruining the finish or the parts. all current series.

rim decals are going - crank is an older style so nothing but a stamp there. im also keen to try it on my salsa skewer levers and im soon to have new carbon brake levers and i cant wait to strip that ugly white "record" and just leave it plain.

end result will be a bike free of all the crap over its parts and just the frame decals being the only thing spelling anything out. any ideas or experience with products and best results appreciated.

low key season has started.

clear coated?DougSloan
Jun 5, 2002 5:48 AM
My cranks become stripped just from my feet. Looks sort of ugly.

I've noticed that many of the parts have a thin clear coating. When you remove it, the part looks pretty messed up.

I have removed some logos, like the "Profile" logos on carbon headset spacers, with brake cleaner or very carefully with paint stripper. I'd use only a tiny bit of stripper tested in an inconspicuous place, first, though, and get it off before it has a chance to harm anything important.

I always pull decals off wheels, too, noteably the huge "Ksyrium" stickers and "Zipp" stickers.

I think you are flirting with disaster, though.

flirting with disaster is my bag baby.....Spirito
Jun 5, 2002 9:42 AM
ill chink a small part on the brakes and see how it goes.

not sure if brake fluid will be cool on the carbon levers though. all this willl be done before assembly though so there is a little caution.

Jun 5, 2002 9:48 AM
Not "brake fluid" -- it's "brake cleaner".

i hear ya :-) NmSpirito
Jun 5, 2002 11:21 AM
Pick up some Mothers Mag Wheel Polishjw25
Jun 5, 2002 9:48 AM
(it's basically metal polishing compound), grab some clean rags, and get started. I've used this to polish off plenty of parts, and it does a nice job removing anodising, logos, and the dullness aluminum can get over time.
It'll take some elbow grease (unless you have a dremel, in which case get some 1" buffing wheels and work somewhere that's already messy).
The carbon levers should be okay with this approach, but if there's clearcoat over the logos, I'd live with them.
Actually, the risk with this stuff is, the polished areas always look nicer than the rest of the component, so the urge to keep going is strong. I'm planning on polishing my XTR crankset (broken wrist, so I'm off the bikes for a bit). Saw it done, and it's pretty, plus mine has heel rub galore.
Have fun.
cheers. NMSpirito
Jun 5, 2002 11:22 AM