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Old 12-15-09, 02:30 PM   #1
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In an effort to maintain the clean looks of my bike, I wanted to remove some of the logos on new parts. My bars, stem, and seatpost all have a black anodized finish, with screened logos. Has anyone used a paint stripper to remove logos without damaging the rest of the finish? Please don't suggest anything you haven't used yourself. I can go into Lowes and look at that wall of chemical goodness any time. But I want to know which one has been proven to work.
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If you are trying to "maintain" the clean looks, then don't change a thing.

Paint stripper is powerful stuff--- and you are not really dealing with paint for most logos (unless you want to remove clearcoating, then the logo). I would start with your fingernail before pulling out the artillery.

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In an effort to maintain the clean looks of my bike, I wanted to remove some of the logos on new parts. My bars, stem, and seatpost all have a black anodized finish, with screened logos. Has anyone used a paint stripper to remove logos without damaging the rest of the finish? Please don't suggest anything you haven't used yourself. I can go into Lowes and look at that wall of chemical goodness any time. But I want to know which one has been proven to work.
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If you are trying to "maintain" the clean looks, then don't change a thing.

Paint stripper is powerful stuff--- and you are not really dealing with paint for most logos (unless you want to remove clearcoating, then the logo). I would start with your fingernail before pulling out the artillery.
It's just some sort of paint that's been screened onto the anodized components, no clear coating. A fingernail won't remove it, but anything else will probably scratch it. As far as I'm aware, a paint stripper won't affect the anodized finish.
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Tis' easier to add than to remove...

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Ryan, you're not helping.
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Nail polish remover (aka acetone) -- screened logos wipe off easier than dirt
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As a professional screenprinter, I can tell you that there are a lot of chemicals that will remove the logos without damaging the finish depending on what type of ink was used. Try rubbing alcohol first. If that doesn't work, nail polish remover should do the trick. Just don't leave it on too long or use too much, as it can soften some paints and clear coats.
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Nail polish remover didn't even budge it. But now my nails are stronger.
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Nail polish remover didn't even budge it. But now my nails are stronger.
It must have been printed with an epoxy ink then. Finding something that will remove the print without damaging or removing the finish might be tricky.
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It must have been printed with an epoxy ink then. Finding something that will remove the print without damaging or removing the finish might be tricky.
That's just it. I don't know what will remove paint without damaging the anodized finish. And not that you suggested it, but I'm not about to take sandpaper to a $100 stem.
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Best bet is probably to leave it alone. Clearly not serious enough about look.
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Hahahah holy ****t so many things about that pic.
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Ryan, you're not helping.
You sound like my wife.

Seriously, if acetone won't take it off, you could try 'aircraft remover' but I have not personally tried this so YMMV.
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If it's anodized, lacquer thinner and a soft cloth may work without damaging anything. If it's painted, however, you'll end up with a mess.

Adriano, you need new pics.
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Wait this is about paint strippers? Now what am I gonna do with all these dollar bills...
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In an effort to maintain the clean looks of my bike, I wanted to remove some of the logos on new parts. My bars, stem, and seatpost all have a black anodized finish, with screened logos. Has anyone used a paint stripper to remove logos without damaging the rest of the finish? Please don't suggest anything you haven't used yourself. I can go into Lowes and look at that wall of chemical goodness any time. But I want to know which one has been proven to work.
I've used Jasco to remove painted logos from black anodized parts. My intent was to remove the paint and the anodization, but the Jasco took the paint clean off without touching what was underneath. It took several applications of oven cleaner to melt the ano off.
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that is a very misleading title. ugh.
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