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Removing paint from 6/4 Ti, how?(5 posts)

Removing paint from 6/4 Ti, how?wilsonc
Nov 10, 2003 2:13 PM
I picked up a colnago Titano (Bititan) bike off of ebay, and the paint is hideous. I've read online that most places that repaint frames use bead-blasting. The problem is that I dont have access to a large enough box for beadblasting a frame. I'm thinking of chemically stripping paint off of the 6/4 titanium, but i havent been able to find any info online on it. What chemicals will be safe? any other suggestions/tips from people that have done this?
ordinary paint stripper...C-40
Nov 10, 2003 2:25 PM
No rocket science, just get a thick liquid paint stripper and apply liberally. Wear rubber gloves and rub with steel wool. The paint will come right.

Titanium is very resistant to most chemicals, including acids. Paint stripper won't hurt it.
Try peeling it!the bull
Nov 10, 2003 2:38 PM
My paint peeled off like a orange!It took me less than 30 minutes. Paint does not stick well to ti.When it comes off it is like plastic wrap!
Send it to a propitt83
Nov 11, 2003 5:40 AM
Thread from last week:

http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com/index.htm

For $120 (skip the recoating step), I'd never chance screwing up a multi $1000 6/4Ti frame when you could have it professionally done.
FlipsideCrankist
Nov 11, 2003 8:39 AM
After a simple call to the manufacturer to certify it's safeness, paintstripper is the way to go. I'd never chance a shipping service screwing up a multi-thousand dollar frame in transit. Save $100, learn something, and be spared the turn-around time.