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Old 11-22-08, 11:52 AM   #1
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Removing lettering from black Thomson Stem

I'm leaning towards a Thomson Elite (25.4) stem with the +-15 degrees rise/drop in black. I'm going for the drop but really don't want to see the upside down Thomson logo everytime I look at my bike. Is there any way to remove the Thomson logo? According to their website it's "laser-etched so it won't rub off". Do you think I could have it beadblasted by my powdercoater and then have it reanodized. I know, a lot of time and trouble but I'm not feeling the upside down logo. Any other stems out there that don't have the bolts in the rear like the Thomson? Help...
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Old 11-22-08, 12:05 PM   #2
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Why ? First it's black and if you bead it it will be silver (color) . Put a piece of electrical tape over it it if you wish . It really isn't a bad looking logo for a good product.
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Old 11-22-08, 12:06 PM   #3
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why would u want to debadge the thomson logo?
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Old 11-22-08, 12:10 PM   #4
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I think you missed a few points in my post: When the stem is flipped the logo is upside down. Not a huge issue but sometimes it's about the details... Also, I have access to a local anodizer so blasting it to silver and then having it reanodized black is not an issue; however, if I have the blasting done will the logo still be there?
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Why even bother getting a thomson if you are going to disrespect it and ruin? I have thomson black seat post and don't mind the logo at all.
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Old 11-22-08, 12:13 PM   #6
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How is removing a logo and having the stem reanodized black disrespecting and ruining the stem? This is my first post here--I was expecting a bit of help/advice not a bashing. Why is not wanting to see an upside-down logo so wrong!?!
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Or you can do it the hard way like you presented in the OP.
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if I have the blasting done will the logo still be there?
Depends on the quality of the laser etching.
You're bead/sand/ect. blaster will just have to work at the logo area long enough for it to go away.
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How is removing a logo and having the stem reanodized black disrespecting and ruining the stem? This is my first post here--I was expecting a bit of help/advice not a bashing. Why is not wanting to see an upside-down logo so wrong!?!
lol... You didn't read much before you posted did you....

No biggie. Anyway, I have done the same for my road bike. After the bead blasting the logo was still kinda visible since its laser etched, but a good sanding took it right off. I just rattle-canned it afterwards, and its held up fine.

I did the blasting myself with one of those home bead blasters, so if you have it done somewhere, they will have better equipment and it shouldn't be visible after
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Maybe the OP should have his brain beadblasted by his powercoater to remove the copious amounts of stupidity that's been building up in there. Cycling is about riding your bike, not playing dress up with it.
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Maybe the OP should have his brain beadblasted by his powercoater to remove the copious amounts of stupidity that's been building up in there. Cycling is about riding your bike, not playing dress up with it.
Apparently cycling is also about telling other people what to do.
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+1 sharpie
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Cycling is about riding your bike, not playing dress up with it.

Amen!
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even if it is upside down, what do you care? some ****** thinking 'oh what an ass his ****s upside down- oh wait thats a quality part and its set up right...'? i mean... this is how things are supposed to be!
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This is weird. Everyone is getting on him about caring about looks, but look at most of the bikes of the posters here. Looks are important. It not, we would all be ridding super ugly bikes. We pay so much attention to matching colors, buying expensive colored wheels and whatnot.

OP: do what you want. Who cares if you "de-brand" such a nice stem. If its what you want and think it looks good, go for it. The stem will still be nice no matter if it has words on it or not. Just like removing decals from nice bikes.
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You're certainly voiding the warrant for one thing, how about compromising the strength?
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You're certainly voiding the warrant for one thing, how about compromising the strength?
I'll give yo the first one, but I have ridden over 4 years on a thomson stem de-etched with the method I explained above with no issues.

Thats not what I was pointing out though. Some of the replies just gave him **** for wanting to do it, and not mentioning anything like you have here. It was because he wanted to remove the name from a "fancy" item and put looks into the equation.
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OP, you can still find 26.0 thomson elite road stems (which will fit nittos and other 25.4 bars) if you search the internet. they are a +/- 10, with the -10 being right side up logo if you're willing to lose 5 degrees of drop.

i did it for you.
http://www.treefortbikes.com/125_333...Road-Stem.html
i am a strong advocate for buying all of your parts at your friendly lbs, however this size stem is being phased out, and the internet is one of the only places you can find them new.
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Acetone will do it and will not harm the stem.
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Acetone will do it and will not harm the stem.
On the elite its laser etched through the paint, not painted on so when its stripped, you can still see the outline of the logo. If painted over, it will still be visible.
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I don't understand why people are jumping on him about removing a logo. I would want it gone too if it was upside down. If you bead blast, it would definitely take the paint off. If the logo is etched into the metal, you would have to grind it down until the surface is flat again.
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Strange, I have a a Thompson sticker laying around that I was toying putting on a generic seatpost.

Maybe we could trade? You send me all your Thompson, Phil White, King stuff, and I will send you all my Kalloy, Alex, ProCycle stuff. Everyone will be happy

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