Does anybody know how to remove the printing from water bottles?
Just curious - why do you need to remove printing?
In our house, you can hardly move without tripping over water bottles! Some newish with brand names printed, some older with brand names almost completely rubbed away, some new and just unprinted plain, some that fit the bottle cages that originally contained mineral water or pop of various types. I have to say, despite being a bit fussy about bike appearance, printing on water bottles isn't (yet) something that bothers me!
gotta get it just right
[quote=wobblyoldgeezer;8239902]Just curious - why do you need to remove printing?QUOTE]
Well to be honest I can't ride very well but I can shop with the best of them. Took delivery on the new bike at Christmas a nude calfee tastefully highlighted with red accents featuring Chris King hubs and a TRP front brake. Two pieces still needed to finish things up, a carbon stoker stem and the right water bottles. I like the camelback waterbottles but they have too much red on them, it's going to drive me crazy.
If the printing is thermally fused on then it's tough to impossible (you'd have to overlay to cover it). If it is an adhesive label you can try using a hair dryer to heat the edges it until it becomes soft enough to peel off or else try something like this:
I'm delighted to hear about your new bike - enjoy it, I hope you'll have lots of fun and safe miles.
And I'm also delighted to find I'm not the most obsessive about bike appearance! It's all part of the pleasure.
Have you come across those Swiss Alu drink bottles, vacu coolers, in a variety of colours including plain alu? Fit bottle cages very well. Also, there are some clear perspex or plain metallic 'retro' bottles with cork stoppers - very cool indeed (even more so if you favour woolly shorts, woolly jerseys with pockets on the front as well as the back, wide moustaches and wearing spare tyres in a figure 8 over your shoulders). But I digress - that's not the look you're after, I bet!!
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A couple of ideas - if you have some bottles to experiment with:
1. Try some paint remover - I would think it would lift if off quickly.
2. Sand it off with some very fine sandpaper. If the bottle is glossy, the sandpaper will obviously dull it even if it's a fine 600 grit. You may be able to polish back fairly well with some tooth paste (a very fine abrasive). Maybe an automotive polish / scratch remover may polish it too but it's more abrasive.
3. One can probably locate some unlabeled water bottles - you said you could shop with the best of them
4. Polar brand water bottles are relatively plain and they come in a variety of colors that don't wear off since it's part of the foil insulating layer between the inner and outer layers. They also keep the cold water cold for a significantly longer period of time which is important to us during our hot summers. They do not contain BPA if that is important to you:
There's a comapny called California Springs and they make totaly clear 28oz and 30oz water bottles.
Your local LBS should be able to order you some from a distributor called QBP for a resonable price.
I like the function of the camelback bottles, but don't like the amount of red they have. I am going to try to remove the red on the lower part of the bottle with paint remover and then repolish the bottle.
"Have you come across those Swiss Alu drink bottles"
Were you refring to the SIGG bottles? Cant say that I have seen them but I will take a look at REI looks like the color might match the Chris king pretty well.
Holy Cow, that is one piece of bike porn! what a beauty! i was ready to issue a "who cares what water bottles look like, as long as they're not green on the inside" respoonse, but you should get custom ones made by NASA for that bike!
Yes this... what a beauty!
Originally Posted by phoran
I would almost trade my NOS 1942 WLA for one of those. Enjoy!
[QUOTE=chichi;8239969 I like the camelback waterbottles but they have too much red on them.[/QUOTE]
Personally, I'd just consider them another "red accent" like the hubs, headset and bar tape ...