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Need advice on stripping paint from aluminum frame(10 posts)

Need advice on stripping paint from aluminum frametrackee
Oct 6, 2002 12:53 PM
Whats the best way to strip paint from an aluminum frame and am I looking at any potential problems if I just ride the frame stripped (just the bare metal)? Thanks
re: Need advice on stripping paint from aluminum frameNessism
Oct 6, 2002 8:30 PM
Chemical paint stripper will take off the paint fairly easily in most cases. The aluminum will oxidize over time though and take on a dull gray pantina. If exposed to a lot a sweat and/or strong chemicals, the aluminum could turn somewhat chalky so keep an eye on things and polish it before deep pits develop.

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WellMel Erickson
Oct 7, 2002 6:03 AM
I stripped a Cannondale Headshock fork a few years ago and it was a bear. I used chemical stripper, a wire brush, sandpaper, steel wool and simichrome. It took me a looooong time but I was successful, just alot of elbow grease. Cannondale must use some tough paint! I put several coats of clearcoat over bare aluminum when finished and it still looks great today. I would recommend clearcoat to protect the aluminum and keep it from oxidizing.
Here is what mine ended up looking like...pic1.IRIE
Oct 7, 2002 6:24 AM
Get some paint stripper at the local autobody shop, stip it off (takes some time), polish it with aluminum polish and clear coat it if desired.

It is not that difficult it just takes time.

Here are a few pictures of my mountain bike which I did this to.
pic2IRIE
Oct 7, 2002 6:25 AM
pic3IRIE
Oct 7, 2002 6:25 AM
pic4IRIE
Oct 7, 2002 6:26 AM
I have that same frame - Homegrown- nice job! nm.853
Oct 7, 2002 7:25 AM
What kind of clear coat ??trackee
Oct 7, 2002 9:59 AM
What kind of clear coat did you use and how did you apply it? The frame looks great.
What kind of clear coat ??IRIE
Oct 7, 2002 10:45 AM
I don't remember the brand, but it was a generic one from Home Depot. It was a spray can similar to spray paint, therfore I simply sprayed it on. Be carful not to puddle or you need to wet sand it out and re-aply.

Good Luck