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Old 10-31-07, 06:44 PM   #1
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shifters clear coat peeling

The clear coat on my ultegra shifters is peeling off. It's only on the side that I apply force too while shifting. I sweat quite alot, I was wondering if the salt from sweat could be eating at it. It started as tiny little cracks(almost looked like veins), then they grew and spread and started coming off in chunks. I have no problem sanding, polishing and reapplying clear, but how hard is it to get just the outside levers off? Thanks
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Disassembling an STI shifter for the first time is going to be pretty difficult. If you do plan on going this route i recommend just masking off the the hood and any other part u don't want coated and work from there.

In the mean time if you don't want to deal with all that just get some clear coat nail polish and apply to the edges of the crack, this will prevent it from peeling any further.
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Disassembling an STI shifter for the first time is going to be pretty difficult. If you do plan on going this route i recommend just masking off the the hood and any other part u don't want coated and work from there.

In the mean time if you don't want to deal with all that just get some clear coat nail polish and apply to the edges of the crack, this will prevent it from peeling any further.
+1 You really don't want to take those things apart!
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Taking them apart isn't the problem. I posted in another thread when my FlightDeck stopped working with one of the STIs. Shimano sent me a brand new shifter. That's how hard they are to take apart and put back together.
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Taking them apart isn't the problem.
Silly me; I assumed he would want to put them back together again!
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Thanks, that will save me plenty of time. I thought they looked pretty intimidating. They are definitely too expensive to replace just because I couldn't put them back together.
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Silly me; I assumed he would want to put them back together again!
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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