Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike.
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I have a Nashbar "X" Cyclocross frame that I'm going to pretty up a bit. Worth it? Probably not, but it will be cool anyway. Here's my plan:
Strip the paint.
Mold Bondo over the weld beads to give the bike a smooth, fillet brazed, appearance.
Now, here's where your advice comes in:
1) What paint thinners are best with Aluminum? I suppose I could sand the paint off as well, but chemically stripping would, I think, be more thorough.
2) I'm pretty sure that Bondo is the best option for this. Any other suggestions?
3) A couple of "budget" local auto-painters said they could paint the frame for me. (Think a "Midas" type place.) I've never been to one. Is it any better than just getting Duplicolor rattlecans and painting myself?
Thanks for the input.
Good night...and good luck