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    circa 20090531
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    Thompson X2 Stem Exposes My Steerer

    I just had Thompson X2 130mm +/-17 installed on my Giant TCR Alliance 1.
    I had sticked with the original stem for almost five year.
    I am happy with the reach and lower riding position.
    However, I realized the hollow grip on the steerer is not quite aesthetically pleasant.
    It was unpolished aluminum tube.
    Also I am worried about corrosion for the exposure.

    Does anyone have similar problem?
    What do you do about it?
    Paint? Or anything I can wrap around it to have a nice look?

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    Thanks,
    Buccono

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    Remove stem and spacers. Clean the steerer well with acetone, naphtha or another solvent that dries 100% dry. Get some rattle can spray paint and paint the top area where the stem goes. A thin coat will do, and you don't have to do a great job, just focus on getting good results on either side where the windows in the stem are.

    You can paint black so it doesn't show out in contrast, or use an accent color to match the frame.

    Let it dry well then reassemble and you're good to go for only $3.95 and a bit of time.
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    Thanks for the advice. It sounds like a legit way to go. Any spray paint you would recommend? Or anything from Home Depot would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buccono View Post
    Thanks for the advice. It sounds like a legit way to go. Any spray paint you would recommend? Or anything from Home Depot would work?
    For your purposes, anything from an auto or hardware store is more than adequate. The proper cleaning and prep of the surface is far more important than the choice of paint (other than color)
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    I don't know what the rest of the bike looks like but I would go with a contrasting color.

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    Polish it and then spray a clear on it.

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