Does anyone know a person, shop, or company in Chicago that will strip a bike frame down to the metal (aluminum in this case), prep it for paint, and then paint it? Or even just a frame stripper would be great. (I thought I might try polishing the bare metal to a keen shine.) They've got to know how to treat aluminum.
Oh, believe me, I've tried. The problem I presume is that I haven't yet found the proper stripping chemical. I've used Klean Strip, but just the general stuff. I believe they have stuff specifically for metal. When I tried to use the Klean Strip, I brushed it on, let it sit for 30 minutes and then started scraping, with a wire brush. Scrubbing like the dickens, but very little came off. I've repeated the process twice, but I'm not getting anywhere. I can only imagine when I have to start getting paint off of those stubborn hard-to-reach places. I PMd a guy in the Scattante post, because he described this bubbling off of paint that sounds just peachy to me, unfortunately he couldn't remember the name. I'm not going to give up, though...I'm going to keep looking for that mythical chemical that will produce this mythical bubbling off of paint.
Also, good luck trying to find those nasty metal strippers in in those upscale inner-city home depots- they just have washing machines and doily cleansers. And I can only get to home depots in biking distance, duh.
Look for something at Murrays auto parts called air craft stripper,
(may be called something else now a days) its dangerous, wear
rubber gloves, brush on, and you will see it working, doesnt take long.