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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:16 pm 
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I agree its nice to keep bikes original paint and its not a bad colour, but I love the bare alu look on these - majoreyeswater's is very 8) I think that fork would look good with a polished alu frame too.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:49 pm 
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I have Started to take parts off the bike tonight. Just the bottom bracket forks and bearing cups but will have to go and get a cup removal tool. The crank bolts were a absolute nightmare. At one point i had to stand on the allen key :shock:

Oh well started now so no going back.

I have considered powder coating as a cheaper option but i am going to wait and see what the results are like of the paint strip first.

Thanks for all your advice.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:48 pm 
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OMG this is very hard work :evil: I have put in about eight hours in already :oops:

The results are outstanding though. By no means finished but i will get there.


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Good start!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:59 pm 
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coomber wrote:
Good start!


Cheers.

The paint is a absolute bitch to get out of the welds. :cry:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:24 am 
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The blue frame is a 1999.

Kona have done this themselves, but I don't know whether they gave them a clear coat after the ball burnishing.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:01 am 
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Yep, that brings back some painful memories. Just wait until the sanding/wire-wooling/polishing starts :shock:

Good luck and keep going
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:11 pm 
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Some seriously hard graft needed but fair play for giving it a go. Its starting to take shape.

Watching with interest :D


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:47 pm 
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Given that lots of painters would powder coat a frame for £30-40 and they would media blast it first, I wonder how much they would charge just to media blast one? Maybe £15? It would still need to be polished, but wouldn't that be a worthwhile investment to get all the paint out of the nooks and crannies?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:30 pm 
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Not quite finished but here's a sneaky peek. I cant believe the results :shock: Some more fine wool and more polishing and we are there.

This has been epic and still not finished but i think it looks great :D


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