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    Can I Get a System-Six (carbon+alu) Re-Painted?

    I have a black/red System-six Four with Sram Rival that I really enjoy, but the paint job is getting on my nerves. Seems like a lot of overstyling.

    Normally I'd just look around for a powerdercoater, but the bike is both carbon/aluminum (bonded I imagine). The front triangle and fork is carbon, the rear being aluminum.

    I also read in the manual (yes I actually read it) that I shouldn't "score" or otherwise abraise the carbon material for whatever reason. Past experiences regarding carbon painting required some of the surface to be made rough so the paint would stick.

    Also of note, is the type of paint I can even use. Since there are two materials involved, I'm guessing two different temperatures would be needed to powdercoat the bike?

    Is my only recourse to have some strip the thing and paint it with wet paint or something?

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    Hm...

    Should I be asking in another forum?

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    Can't answer your question but I do know that painting a Cannondale frame voids any type of warranty and probably disqualifies it for the trade in program as well. I would like the look of my Six/13 more if they had kept the stays free of their junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briareos View Post
    Is my only recourse to have some one strip the thing and paint it with wet paint?
    DON'T use paint stripper chemicals on carbon fiber!
    I would just clean the frame with wax & grease remover, scuff with medium ScotchBrite pads, re-clean and spray from there.

    This assuming the carbon has a clear over it, otherwise it doesn't need scuffing.

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