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Had my Calfee NUDED!!(11 posts)

Had my Calfee NUDED!!noupi
Dec 13, 2003 2:46 PM
Had so many paint chips(paint does not like to stick to carbon)that i decided to have it stripped down to the bare carbon.
All it has now is 303 protectant on it.
3 questionsMike Tea
Dec 13, 2003 4:58 PM
What did it look like before, how did you strip it and what is 303? Thanks.
3 questionsnoupi
Dec 13, 2003 6:02 PM
I bought it used and it was Emerald green fade.
But with 3/4 inch paint chips on the chain stay and smaller ones all over the place
I sent it to Calfee (Santa Cruz California).The paint was sanded off and is labour intensive.
303 is THE LEADER in UV screening technology. 303 Aerospace Protectant really is like "SPF 40 Sunscreen ... For Your Stuff." Regular use of 303 Aerospace Protectant can reduce UV caused slow-fade by up to 100%! No other "protectant" beautifies as intensely, protects as powerfully or lasts as long.
SO they say :-)
more and more Calfee buyers want the Nude finish.
3 questionsnoupi
Dec 13, 2003 6:14 PM
I now have decals on the seat stays,front of fork and the calfee design on the head tube.
Much cleaner look.
installing FSA team issue crank, FSA Kwing bar, Easton E90seat post, Mavic T de France wheels, Aliente saddle
The Bebops stay on, "great pedals"
Not that great....lyleseven
Dec 13, 2003 8:28 PM
Nice outfitting, but the Easton E90 will probably seize on you in a few months, so be careful.
Not that great....noupi
Dec 14, 2003 9:19 AM
There will be a Al. spacer tube between the Carbon seat tube and the Carbon post.
I now have a Salsa seat post 27mm with a carbon or plastic shim tube
so to install the 27.2mm EC90 i need the Al tube shim.
it should be OK ?
Not that great....Ian
Dec 14, 2003 5:27 PM
Do not grease carbon. As with any carbon seatpost or bike, don't let it sit for a year without cleaning it. Anything exposed to enough sweat without breaking it loose and cleaning it once in awhile will seize.

re: Had my Calfee NUDED!!lyleseven
Dec 13, 2003 5:31 PM
Who painted it in the first place???
ugly, IMO....C-40
Dec 14, 2003 11:11 AM
Now I know why they paint them. A good paint job should stick to carbon as well as anything, the key is to apply a good epoxy primer before any of the color coats. I've never had problem with the paint on a C-40.

If you chipped up the paint before, now you'll chip up the structural part of the frame. How are you going to fix that?
ugly, IMO....noupi
Dec 14, 2003 3:00 PM
The picture does not give it justice, I brought it over to my favorite LBS (they sell Fondriest,Colnago Trek,Time)and found it quite nice.
I don't think that bare carbon will be more fragile than painted over carbon, the chain ripped big chunks of paint off the chainstay but did not even scratch the carbon, carbon is tought.
Time will tell.
When I finish building it up i will try to post a better pic.
I would at least put a chainstay cover on it. nmthe bull
Dec 14, 2003 7:00 PM