Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
I've painted several bikes. In fact, this weekend, I started working on my wife's bike. It's an 80's beach cruiser.
In the past, I've always just used a sanding mouse to get the old paint off. However, this time I decided to use a chemical stripper. Good lord. Never again.
The stripper from Home Depot didn't do squat after applying, letting it sit and then scrubbing with a stripping brush. I tried re-applying several times before calling it a night. Sunday morning, I went and picked up some Aircraft Remover...
This stuff ate through the latex gloves I was wearing, so I went and purchased some "chemical resistant" gloves. They lasted all of 15 minutes before the stripper had eaten through them also. After several applications and scrubbing, the paint had hardly even budged. It had loosened in several places, but the frame was still ~90% painted. I finally just washed the crap off and started sanding.
If I had simply started sanding the frame on Saturday morning, I'd have been putting on primer by Sunday afternoon. As it is now, I'll have to finish sanding next weekend. At least the burns on my hands will be healed by then.
Next time, I might look into having it blasted and then bringing it home to paint.