Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: The 'Ville, KY
Bikes: 1982 Ross, 2006 Raleigh Competition
Stripping clear coat and paint off of a Carbon Fiber frame?
I've done some searching and cant seem to find the answer I'm looking for, so here goes.
I have a 2006 Raleigh Competition frame that is a combination of CF tubes and aluminum lugs/seat post. Raleigh's frames have been infamous for developing cracks at the joint between the CF tubes and the aluminum lugs, and my frame has developed these same hairline cracks after 5000 miles of use. I've been told that these cracks are in the filler that they used, not in the actual joint, and based on how my bike rides I have no reason to doubt that advice.
I have no reason to just throw it away and buy a new frame, so I'm exploring the idea of repainting it or stripping the paint and polishing the aluminum bits. I have plenty of experience painting, so I'm not going down that path with my question. However, I am curious of the best way to remove the paint in the case of this frame. The CF tubes are clear coated, but the orange paint that covers the lugs and seatpost overlap the CF tubes by at least a couple of inches. In other words, I'll need to strip paint and clearcoat off of the CF tubes. Having never done this, I'm concerned about the impact of chemical strippers on the CF tubes, but I'm also concerned that only relying on abrasive removal of the paint (ie sandpaper) may go too deep and cause just as much of an issue.
Any thoughts out there?