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Old 08-08-08, 10:17 AM   #1
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Best Way to Blacken Steerer Tube

Just like the topic says what is the best way to blacken the steel steerer tube showing through the stem. Sharpie?
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Old 08-08-08, 10:19 AM   #2
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Just like the topic says what is the best way to blacken the steel steerer tube showing through the stem. Sharpie?
Sharpie will give off a purplish tint. Take it off and use some gloss black spray paint. Let it dry for about 2 days then re-install.
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Just like the topic says what is the best way to blacken the steel steerer tube showing through the stem. Sharpie?
You need to re-evaluate your priorities.
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Old 08-08-08, 01:48 PM   #5
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Ben's Cycle sells a special NJS stem-blackening agent for about $15 but the applicator kit is another $25, so it can get pretty expensive.

If you decide to go the home-made route, be sure to use the K-15 method rather than the K-11 method as there are less postules created this way.

As well, be sure to use all the proper protective gear but I am assuming you know this. There is a pretty extensive thread on the subject in the Mechanics sub-forum, search for that; it used to be a stickied thread here but the debate got rather heated over the merits of the NJS blackeners over the non-NJS stuff and there were quite a few bannings over it, if I recall correctly.

Anywho, good luck and take plenty of pics of the process, it has been ages since we had a good Blackening-Steer-Tube build thread.
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You need to re-evaluate your priorities.
Actually, this would bother me too. But look at my screen name. I'm obsessive-compulsive.
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LOL. I think you need to re-evaluate your priorities and quit jumping at every opportunity to ***** at someone.
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prettyinpink is not very pretty on the inside.
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listen, you will forget about it once you start riding. Save yourself the stress. I know where you're coming from when you want everything to look perfect, but it's really really petty, not important, and won't affect your bike for the better in any way. Just leave it and you'll soon forget about it in no time
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We're all pink on the inside.
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If you have a 1" steerer, you could get a new stem for a 1 1/8 steertube and then puchase one of these (but in black):
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

Or just get a full carbon fork which will be black the whole way through.

I don't think there is an elegant way of getting a steertube black short of anodizing it (if its aluminum).

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buy a bottle of blueing solution from a local gun shop / hunting store.
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I recommend black epoxy spray paint. I've used it to brink new life to cranks that have become scuffed. It sprays on easily to a nice gloss and is durable.
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Thanks for the tips people. I just finished putting together my first non off the rack bike and am really enjoying it. Just trying to do some finishing touches. I spent so long picking all the parts and researching my build and I think it really paid off. I feel like there are few little things like changing the color of the steerer tube to really finish off the build. Now that all the functional build things have been worked out its time to have some fun and deal with the little detail stuff. I find enjoyment in the process of this kind of stuff and the little details I put into my bike make it all the more personal. It's fun.
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What bike did you build?

And yeah, I know how much fun it can be, I was just messing around. I was riding home just now and a car pulled up alongside me and said "Great bike!" and gave me the thumbs up----made my day and it is even nicer because I built it up by myself too.
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the friction between your stem and the steerer tube is all that's keeping your bars from cocking to the side and sending you flying into traffic (i've had it happen, it's scary as ****). do you really want to put paint (or anything else for that matter) in between there?
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Old 08-08-08, 08:24 PM   #22
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You're in Guelph, right?...
Talk to Hugh at True North...
I'm sure he can help you out...
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i second the gun bluing stuff. spray paint puts a layer of paint on the steerer tube that will scrape off as soon as you put your stem on. the gun blue basically oxidizes the top layer of metal in a controlled way so it won't add any thickness. i use it to touch up parts of my rush hour where the paint has worn off. i got mine at my LGS (local gun shop), but you can probably get it at dick's or similar firearm-stocking sporting goods store.
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am i missing something here or is the obvious answer, install black spacers?
WTF?
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