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Originally Posted by OldeRider
Al, thanks for the reply. Some of the clear coat is peeling so I'm having success removing it with an Exacto knife. I'll take your advice about sanding the rest of the clear coat. Do you have any recomendations as to what grit of paper to use?
Haven't done this on a bike frame but my inclination is to use automotive paper wet. I'd start with something pretty fine depending on how much needs to be removed. Just guessing, maybe start with a 340 grit, finer would be better. Then use progressively finer paper up to 600 prior to painting. There are papers with a much finer grit that may be used to finish the paint if needed after it has dried and hardened. Your choice in sandpaper grit size depends on how much patience you have and what kind of results you want. You'll find a better selection of sanding supplies at an automotive paint supply store.
I would not use any type of chemical paint remover on carbon fiber.
Sanding plastics dry creates toxic dust, keep the paper really wet.
Most spray paints are toxic to some degree, some worse than others, I'd wear a mask.
Let us know how it turns out.