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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Stripping paint back without spoiling chrome underneath?
Regarding the bike below - the paint is peeling off forks & it seems to be chrome underneath. It looks as though the paint will come off fairly easy but if at all possible, I'd like to leave the chrome undamaged.
Has anyone tried this with any success? Anyone know any good paint strippers to use?
Many thanks.

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Also - regarding question about lug lining - I have seen a good post on subject in forum archives - thanks to Robbied196 & others.

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It's amazing how totally ubiquitous a certain look of bike turns out to be, even when it's probably from a fairly small scale independent producer. I must have seen at least another half dozen brands, as well as those mentioned in the main text in link above, looking almost exactly the same & not just English now - the earliest so far being a 1974 Columbus Olympic & also a Simonicci with Oria tubes.
I guess there were only so many combinations of tube & lug sets available for builders to buy & a small number of tried & tested geometries to build to, so it's almost inevitable that things will look the same as often as not!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:08 pm 
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Hi Newman8, Thanks for the compliments about the lug lining :)

You need to look closely at the chrome. Some manufacturers chrome the whole frame and forks rather than masking but sometimes when it was going to be painted the chrome was etched. If it has been etched it won't be as bright or shiny as normal polished chrome. If it looks ok you should be able to remove the paint with a normal chemical paint stripper like Nitromors. Stipple it with a stiff brush and wipe off with a cloth but try a small area first although it shouldn't damage the chrome.

Be good to see the results :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:47 pm 
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Thanks for that. Will post some pics however good or bad the results are! Prob be at least a couple of weeks though.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:23 am 
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Just to add an opinion - i was told paint could be removed with a sharp Stanley blade to reveal the chrome underneath - less mess than chemicals but more time consuming.

Richard


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:37 am 
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TGR wrote:
Just to add an opinion - i was told paint could be removed with a sharp Stanley blade to reveal the chrome underneath - less mess than chemicals but more time consuming.

Richard


But more scratches on the underlying surface. OK but only for small areas in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:17 am 
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I have not tried it, bit i was told to be careful!!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:19 am 
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I've just done mine, used paint stripper and fine wire wool, no damage to chrome at all :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:53 pm 
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Spokesmann wrote:
TGR wrote:
Just to add an opinion - i was told paint could be removed with a sharp Stanley blade to reveal the chrome underneath - less mess than chemicals but more time consuming.
Richard

But more scratches on the underlying surface. OK but only for small areas in my opinion.

That is the idea of cleaning off small sections of no more than six inch's
any splatter of paint stripper onto any other parts will ruin the frame.

You just don't go like a bull in a china shop with this method!

Me and my mate carefully stripped the entire paint off the rear stays, not a scratch in sight, but we had to wear goggles as the 'chips' flew everywhere :oops:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:49 pm 
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Old post I know - just wanted to let you know that - as above - paint stripper works just fine! I used Rustins Strypit - cheaper than Nitromors!
It was really quick & easy & chrome was not damaged at all. As it turns out, the chrome had a little pitting on the inside of forks only (wheelside) but otherwise really good condition.
Photos:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/96078766@N ... 501034265/
Thanks as usual for tips & suggestions - always got the answers on here!


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