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Old 02-25-06, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hi everyone:
Not sure if I'm in the correct department, but I would like some information on carbon forks.
I was given a new, very high end carbon fork with carbon steerer. The fork has a natural carbon matte finish.

My questions are:

1. Do the other, ie, majority of carbon forks with a gloss finish have a clear coat [paint or laquer or ?]to protect the carbon and achieve the gloss finish, or are they polished.

2. If clearcoated, could you reccomend a clear coat I should use.

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Old 02-25-06, 10:45 AM   #2
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Clear coat is used to protect and make shiny. Don't know what kind but doubt it is anything esoteric or markedly hazardous. A google should dig up some info.
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Old 02-25-06, 11:19 AM   #3
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Steve:
Thank you very much for a quick response, I shall do as you suggested.
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The glossy exterior you see on carbon parts is usually achieved by the epoxy resin, not any clear paint topcoat. I'm not aware of any protective qualities associated with a glossy topcoat, and I'd advise you to leave your fork alone unless you prefer the aesthetics of gloss.
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Easton uses a matt finish on its carbon forks but I'm pretty sure it's a matt finished top coat, not just bare carbon. I recommend you not paint or top coat the fork you have.
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I certainly would prefer the a gloss finish as the frame has a very high gloss charcoal colour finish. I certainly would not want to disturb the carbon fibre, but there are lots of very high end carbon bikes that are painted. I can't see what difference a clear top coat would be from a paint laquer.
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I'd contact the fork's manufacturer for a recommendation. Maybe it's perfectly ok to use spray lacquer, clear epoxy, or whatever but get their approval first. It could be a very dangerous and expensive mistake if done wrong.

My Kestrel fork came with very explicit instructions as to how it could be painted and what to avoid. I'm sure your supplier has similar info.
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