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Old 04-04-06, 03:56 AM   #1
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Rattlecan Clear Over Powdercoat?

Two questions actually.

1. I've been sanding a frame and am planning to paint it soon. I've gotten it mostly stripped, but am having a hard time sanding in the corners (near the dropouts, bottom bracket shell, etc). What could I do to get these parts, chemical stripping, wire brush? I've been using 60-grit and 120-grit sandpaper so far.

2. I was planning to go the Duplicolor route, but was considering getting a cheap powdercoat instead. I don't have a ton of cash so I thought I might get a primer and one coat of powdercoat and then put the decals on and then clearcoat it myself. Could I just use cheap clear over the powdercoat or will that mess it up?

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Gahk, I had assumed you meant sand blasting...

I've only done a few frames so I'm no expert, but I'd suggest using a dremmel tool with a wire brush tip for those hard to reach corners.
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Are you planning on doing the powder coat yourself or taking it somewhere to be done? If you take it somewhere they will sandblast it before they powder coat it. If you are doing it yourself then you don't want to put a primer on it because the powder coat won't stick to it.
The chemical stripper and wire brush should work to get the paint out of the hard to reach spots. I have used a brand called "aircraft stripper"
I don't think that there would be a problem with clear coat over the powder coat.
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Be sure to have the painter cover the threads on the BB and the cup seating surface on the head tube or you are in for a world of trouble when you reassamble.
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I did some additional checking today and for what I want to spend I think I'm just going to stick with the rattlecan job on the frame.

I'm going to look for that aircraft stripper for the rest of the corners and I'll let you guys know how it turns out.
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I have done some asking around at powder coating shops near me, a few have said that they can put a bike in with other stuff but they won't just do a bike on it's own. So if they have something they are planning on powder coating that is a color that you want you can get it done that way. The best price I was quoted was $100.
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