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Anyone painted their carbon frame??(4 posts)

Anyone painted their carbon frame??10kman
Aug 22, 2003 4:36 PM
Hey all,

Thinking of painting my Trek 5200. I would do a solid color, I'm not that fancy of a guy, so it would be easy to paint.

BUT, i have to prepare my frame now, which means paint removal.

Is there a semi-quick, yet safe way to get the enamel off and all of that? If not, is hand sanding okay?

And finally, what is a nice paint to use, something that of course won't ruin the carbon/epoxy, but something durable as well??

I was searching the net, and while I don't really think 150-200 bucks is a huge price to pay for a pro job, I think I could do it myself if I took my time and had good info.

Thanks for the help,

Hold on just a minute before you get going .....mosovich
Aug 22, 2003 6:37 PM
I too have a OCLV frame I was wanting to get painted. I did some research and actually found two places that can do it right, only one though actually responded to my emails and phone calls. Warranty issues should be your main concern as they were mine. They said there were several issues, which this company that contacted me were well aware of. The website is They are in Washington, Ga. I called them and for about $350, you can get a rather deluxe paint job which I was looking for, I'm sure much less for something basic. They sand the frames, and Trek said that is the prefered method and then don't cure the paint at over 170 degrees. I plan on using these people once I get full tilt in cross season. I strongly suggest you contact them, very reputable. The other co. that never returned my calls or email was I think

Good luck and let me know what you find out.
Hold on just a minute before you get going .....10kman
Aug 23, 2003 6:53 AM
Thanks a lot for the info. I was really hoping that I could do this myself, but I will check out those sources that you listed.

I just wonder how much to sand down (safety), and also what kind of paint is best to use, along with a clear coat.
before you get going .....some info'kiwisimon
Aug 23, 2003 2:27 PM
I repainted my kestrel myself . juat sand off the clear layer of paint so once you start removing coloured paint with your wet dry paper you have done enough. I used spray can paint and being the adventurous type i did a nice fade my cosmic blue to navy.Lots of light applications and then four clear coats over the top BUT it was a huge time consumer and was pretty expensive < sold that frame and after putting new stickers on thank you kestrel people were asking me how much the factory custom paint job cost. finally if you don't have a dust free area forget it. i had to sand off one layer just because my wife opened the door and introduced a lot of airborne particles into the air. Fun? yes, proud of the result? you bet would i do it again? not unless i was unemployed and the family had gone away for two weeks. hope this helps