I'm stirpping an old fuji, cause someone painted it black over the original paint. I've used 80 grit sandpaper before but it's hard work. I've seen it done with a file, but that leaves deep scratches that i guess you could fill with primer and smooth out. I've also heard of it being done with steel wool, how well does that work? whats my best option here?
Your best option? Go get it sandblasted and powdercoated. Forget the hard work and just get it done right.
Failing that? Paint stripper (Jasco?? not to sure on what exactly people prefer) and high-heat metal paint (limited color palette).
edit: I should add that if you're doing another repaint and for whatever reason don't want to spend $200 on a sandblast/powder coat, you don't NEED to sand the thing to bare metal. Basically you get everything "smooth to the touch" -- you'll have some bare metal showing, some original primer, some original paint, etc. Just sand everything. Use a high-grade auto self-etching primer (helps if you happen to scratch the bare metal) and the aforementioned high-heat stuff.
The primer will take care of providing a base surface over the varying underlaying levels of paint/primer/bare metal.
You can do the seat/top/downtubes with a palm sander actually... they're like $20 at Home Depot. Lugs, the stays, and your fork need to be done by hand.
I'd reccomend starting at 120 grit, then 160, 180, 220. Clean the **** out of the frame with a non-fiber cloth and prime. Can be done in a weekend.
Last edited by peabodypride; 11-25-07 at 04:38 PM.
right anglegrinder and wire wheel you can allso use a wire wheel on a drill.. i did this on my old raleigh and then used a dremel for the tight spots worked like buddduuhhh
This is what I did as well. The wire wheel leaves you with a great even brushed steel that I decided to keep unpainted. Make sure you are ready to prime right away or it will rust faster than... a speeding cheetah.
Chummdizzle if your a student check your university craft center. Mine has a sandblaster that I can use for $3 a day or $10 a term! it's really nice and I find most people never think to explore that venue. just a tip that'll save you tons of time!
I had mine sandblasted for $25 and painted it myself. I started out trying to strip it myself with sandpaper and steel wool, and mostly that effing sucked. Sandblast. I didn't even think about checking at my school. Good idea.