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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:03 am 
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I must admit to having done no research on this, just preliminarily asking if anyone else has done it. I've got a pair of painted carbon forks and I'm just wondering about stripping the slightly scruffy paint off them. With steel and alu frames I've used Nitromors in the past before they diluted it and I now use Starchem, which is great on metal but I suspect it would just eat the carbon.

Have any of you done it, would you recommend it and what did you use?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:11 am 
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My best advice would be to have the frame dealt with by a professional finisher who can do stripping & repainting for carbon bikes. Avoid using anything solvent-based, Nitromors or otherwise, like the plague as a paint remover for carbon since it will affect the resin and compromise the structural integrity in a big way. :(

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:55 am 
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I wouldn't use any chemical strippers although there is something called 'Carbolift', designed for removing paint from carbon.

If you're looking to repaint then it may be best just to gently sand back the old paint and then repaint.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:47 pm 
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I saw Carbolift's website, but they don't seem to have done any business since 2011! It's for my own race bike, so I may just have a go with some sandpaper, leave it scruffy and let it truly embody the "Rat Race" look! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:49 pm 
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I want to strip the paint from my WCF MTB, so have been keeping an eye on this. Hope there is a simple solution


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:38 pm 
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There are marine paint strippers for glass fibre which are OK. But be careful and always test a small area first.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:52 am 
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Dilunette gel????


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:30 am 
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Try this marine one...
http://www.paint-stripper.co.uk/TDS%20610%20CSL.pdf


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:39 pm 
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I definitely wouldn't use any chemical paint stripper on carbon because there's too much of a risk it'll affect the structural properties (e.g. acetone really attacks polyester resin in CF). To be on the safe side, I'd rub the paint down and re-paint it. Obviously stop when you get to the top coat of resin on the CF, because you don't want to break through to where the fibres are.


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