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Advice on re-doing paint on carbon (trek 5200) frame ?(9 posts)

Advice on re-doing paint on carbon (trek 5200) frame ?PeterRider
Jul 12, 2003 11:56 PM
When I have time I would like to repaint my trek 5200 frame. I have no idea how people keep their paint without any damage, but occasionally I get a small scratch. And I'm careful with the bike, never drop it or anything.... I'm wondering if people who have a paint job without damage never ride their bike, or only when it's sunny on roads without gravel, or ride only new bikes... I want to repaint it as it is now, uniform dark blue.

- what are the steps ?
- what sandpaper do you use to remove the old paint ? how much do you remove ?
- do you remove the fork or is it possible to just cover the headset ?
- what paint do you use, where do you buy it, how much does it cost ? recommendations for applying it ?
- what about the clear coat or whatever it is on carbon frames, where do you buy it, what do you buy...
- do you have first-hand experience, pictures of the process ?

Below: mine is on the right. I guess the paint has faded, trek customer service told me there is only one shade of dark blue, so both bikes are the same color ???? So when I apply their touchup paint, it's too dark :-(

Thanks !

re: Advice on re-doing paint on carbon (trek 5200) frame ?Tony the Tiger
Jul 13, 2003 2:01 AM
From the picture your bike looks pretty good to me! But if the scratches are driving you crazy, I can understand you wanting to paint it. Every bike that gets used has lots of little scratches here and there eventually, even with the best of care.

I'd strongly recommend a professional paint job. has a picture of a OCLV bike he did, looks great.

By the way, that's the largest seatbag I've ever seen! Do you keep a bowling ball in there or something?
If you don't want it to look worse...filtersweep
Jul 13, 2003 4:36 AM
...have it done professionally. I'd be very wary of sanding a carbon frame... Trek reported will repaint frames, but the new paint will become scratched and you will be right back where you started.

Scratches are like mileage- the more you ride, the more you get.

I'd chalk them up to use- you don't want to ride a museum piece. I'm guessing if you really looked closely at someone else's bike, you'd find scratches as well- it just happens that you are intimately acquainted with all your scratches.
re: Advice on re-doing paint on carbon (trek 5200) frame ?cydswipe
Jul 13, 2003 5:18 AM
I'd look here they have a good site with lots of info.
Good Luck!
agree with Filtersweep:mainframe
Jul 13, 2003 5:33 AM
Unlike autos, don't know of any concours d'elegance for bikes. I keep mine clean and waxed, but scratches are part of the wear and tear of a consumable item. Nobody rides a flawless bike for long.
Is that a helmet bag mounted on your saddle? nm.Damn
Jul 13, 2003 10:45 AM
unsolicited advice...C-40
Jul 13, 2003 2:21 PM
Pretty unusual placement of the STI levers. Your friend has it right. Your lever placement is much too low. It requires the quill to be raised quite high to compensate for the lever placement.
Please let me know how you got the stickers off the downtube(nm)chazman
Jul 13, 2003 5:13 PM
I heard...kidrn
Jul 13, 2003 5:46 PM
Lestoil works.