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    How Do I Paint System-Sixes?

    So I have a System-Six 4, '08 with the sneaking feeling it was the last one off the factor assembly line...It's headtube is upside down and when I ordered it I ordered out of pressure because the guy said there was only one left in my size.

    Sorry, rambling. It's 8 AM.

    I was wondering how one repaints one of these half carbon/half aluminum frames? Automotive paints? And if so, how much weight will you add paint it this way? (not a weight weenie, but just curious)

    My bike is inundated with "Cannondale" and/or "System-Six"...It needs to go.

    All black is what I want, with white old school roundish "cannondale" written on the top-tube, near the head-tube. Silver Thomson post/stem/risers..../drool.

    P.S. dutret, stop following me. This is a forum, not a "lets find out and scrutinize someone else's intentions and actions" website.

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    nice blade runner pics
    I am sorry I don't know the answer

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    are the decals stickers underneath the clearcoat?
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    it's gonna look stolen if you rattle can it black,,, just go get it professionally powder coated for about $150, I'd leave the carbon stays carbon though, just a thought

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    you can't powder coat carbon.
    metals are fine, but the process of powder coating requires baking at high temperatures, around 390F/200C and the epoxy bonding the metal and CFRP, as well as the CFRP itself are suspect to failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    you can't powder coat carbon.
    metals are fine, but the process of powder coating requires baking at high temperatures, around 390F/200C and the epoxy bonding the metal and CFRP, as well as the CFRP itself are suspect to failure.
    Exactly...

    So do I need to go to an automotive paint place for a "liquid paint" job?

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    Pretty much.

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    Take it to a bike painter. You'll probably learn to love your bike just the way it is when you find out what it's going to cost.

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    I said powdercoat the aluminum and leave the carbon

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    Leave it as it is, that's an incredibly unique frame with that mistake. It's like a batch of stamps with the queens head printed upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBuddha1 View Post
    I said powdercoat the aluminum and leave the carbon
    you mean saw the frame apart so you can bake the aluminum parts in the powdercoat oven?

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    why is everyone such an ******* on here, we all ride bikes.... right??

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    Buddha-

    You can't powdercoat this frame. The heat from the oven is a no no on CF, and the frame can't come apart so you only bake the alu. See post #5. No one is being a*******.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBuddha1 View Post
    why is everyone such an ******* on here, we all ride bikes.... right??
    But some of us have a grounding in reality.
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    One thing to know and remember is that almost all manufacturers now will not honor the warrenty's on the frame if it has been painted. Some manufacturers will do a repaint for you and you keep the warrenty intact but I know cannondale does not.

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