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Advice on painting a carbon fork?(4 posts)

Advice on painting a carbon fork?tempeteOntheRoad
Jan 31, 2004 7:16 PM
My brother in law bought a nice "ready to ride" road bike on Ebay. (I'm quite jealous actually, it's a very, (very!)almost brand new complete Airborne Manhattan Prjct... Bla bla, bla: Dura-Ace,new saddle, nice solid wheels. It's his first ever road bike!!! He got it as an incentive to stop smoking. Such a good price too. I'm happy for him, but wish I could have (afford) such a nice frame.

Anyway, it came with a white Slice carbon fork!!?? - it looks new too. (Even the steerer still has 4 spacers under the stem for him to tweak his position a bit). He wants to strip it and paint it mat black.

How do you do that? Can you just "delicately" sand the clear coat and some of the white paint, then paint it over, or does it have to be chemically cleaned? Could the paint be removed and the plain carbon be displayed?

I just want to give him the big picture, so he makes the right decision about it. (I wouldn't bother myself with it since I don't care unless it could make me faster. But he likes his matching kits it seems.)

Thanks!
just paint it.Arnold Zefal
Jan 31, 2004 7:43 PM
Don't strip! Just lightly scuff the clear coat by wet sanding with some 1000 grit paper. Tack clean and paint.
YesNessism
Jan 31, 2004 10:08 PM
A Scotchbrite pad or fine steel wool will work also. Just make sure to wash the fork with a good strong detergent before, and after, scuffing. It's important to make sure you don't grind grease into the old paint, or the new paint won't stick.

Ed
thanks ! (nm)tempeteOntheRoad
Feb 1, 2004 8:31 AM