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Paint Removal on Carbon Fiber(4 posts)

Paint Removal on Carbon FiberNJRoad
Apr 19, 2002 5:15 AM
I was given a Time fork that came with a Specialized Frame in Festina regalia. My frame is a burnt orange color. How can I remove the metallic blue paint without damaging the fork?

I've ruled out mechanical methods and I am afraid that chemical methods may damage the adhesives in the carbon.

Or do I just accept the fact that my bike will always be the ugliest in the bunch?
re: Paint Removal on Carbon FiberChen2
Apr 19, 2002 6:17 AM
If it was mine I would sand it with 600 grit automotive sandpaper, wet, then with 1000 grit, wet, mask, spray paint. The problem is what kind of paint. I think urethane is normally used but requires special protective equipment due to it's toxicity. Maybe you should talk to some custom auto paint shops, depending on how much money you want to spend on the fork.
~Al
re: Paint Removal on Carbon FiberNJRoad
Apr 19, 2002 6:49 AM
Thanks, I'll look into it. I was hoping to get to the point of a clear carbon finish.
re: Paint Removal on Carbon FiberChen2
Apr 19, 2002 8:36 AM
It may be more trouble than it's worth. If you do go ahead with a re-paint, be careful not to inhale or injest any dust or spray, basically everything you'll be working on or with is highly toxic. If you want to sand through all of the color you will have to start with a coarser sandpaper than what I suggested before, maybe 240 grit, then gradually reduce grit sizes. As for clear coat, that's harder to do than colored paint, and it really needs to be high-gloss urethane. The more I think about it, the better that metallic blue sounds.
~Al