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another screw upDougSloan
Dec 9, 2002 10:48 AM
Don't do what I did. I was thoroughly cleaning my EV2 frame to sell. I had some reflective stickers on it from the 508. After removing the stickers, I needed to remove the adhesive that gets left behind. The citrus stuff works ok, but nothing works as well as brake cleaner.

I've never had a problem with brake cleaner; in fact, from a technical point of view, it's almost perfect; no residue, CFC free spray can, dissolves all grease and oil, and never any damage.

Well, I had been cleaning the top tube, but did not realize the fluid had gotten under the bench clamp. I stopped working for the night, and left the frame in the clamp. Next day, I removed the frame, and where the rubber cushions were meeting the frame, the paint was almost completely dissolved and bubbled up. Oops. I now have several 3 inch long strips of stripped paint right on top of the top tube. Damn. This is ugly.

So, I figure I'll have to have the frame painted before selling it. Anyone disagree?

Maybe all should heed the warning: Don't allow solvents to sit on your paint, particularly under a clamp. I guess there is something to be said for raw Ti, after all.

Dec 9, 2002 11:04 AM
... I've used brake fluid as a paint stripper for years... I can't imagine using it to remove goo!!!!

How did the rubber pads fare?

A repaint is a tough call... you're absorbing some of the frame's value for a cosmetic reason (not a bad reason, but not a very subjective reason). The frame may well be sellable in it's current condition, albeit to a smaller audience because it represents an opportunity for the new owner to personalize... I guess that will depend on the mood of the buyer.

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brake cleaner, not fluidDougSloan
Dec 9, 2002 11:14 AM
Brake fluid certainly removes paint. I never had a problem with cleaner, though.

The rubber is fine.

my baddd...Akirasho
Dec 9, 2002 7:05 PM
... cleaner makes more sense than fluid... course you might wanna talk to some marketing gurus and see if you can reap an economic benefit from your mistake (repackage the brake cleaner as Oxyclean or some such!)

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Dec 9, 2002 11:50 AM
Doug, why not place it on RBM and see what you can get for it as is. if not, then you could repaint it, or sell something else and keep the EV2.
man, I feel your pain.
off topic, but I've been meaning to ask, when you use those tufo strips to glue your tires, can you take them off and re-glue them? I'm planning to use the Zipps I just got for road and cyclocross. obviously S3 lites aren't going to cut it in the dirt.
what the shop saidDougSloan
Dec 10, 2002 7:13 AM
I took it by my LBS (where I bought it), and they said sell it as it is. It might knock off $100, but people buying an EV2 are likely doing so for the performance, not as a collector's item.


Dec 10, 2002 7:41 AM

My old Bianchi had some minor rust where the paint was bubbled and I did a reasonable job fixing the spots with touch-up paint I got from The Bianchi paint involves two "colors" for the newer frames -- the regular Celeste undercoat and a pearl overcoat. It costs about $20 for both spray cans.

Unless your painting skills are considerably better than mine -- and that would not surprise me -- it will be hard to end up with a flawless finish that will be unnoticeable at close range. But it should look reasonably good from a distance -- say several feet away.

Another option would be to buy the Bianchi paint and take it to a shop that specializes in painting bikes or motorcycles. They might be able to blend the new paint with the old pretty close, and it shouldn't cost that much if you provide the paint. Good luck.

Agreed, take it to an auto-body shop. Celeste is known. NMSpunout
Dec 10, 2002 7:52 AM
here's what it looks like--any suggestions?DougSloan
Dec 17, 2002 7:17 AM