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Old 08-01-20, 10:03 AM
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Removing chainring stamping

I have a steel chainring with the brand name and size (36T) stamped into it and I would like to remove the stamping. Can I file it off or fill it with a bondo-like substance? If so, what to use? I do not want any branding on the chainring at all.

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Old 08-01-20, 10:14 AM
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Sure you could file it off, but after killing someone with it, the forensic lab will still be able to see the original stamping.
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Old 08-01-20, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by phughes View Post
Sure you could file it off, but after killing someone with it, the forensic lab will still be able to see the original stamping.
Good point. But it might be worth it.
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What is the problem with branding?
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Turn it around.
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Old 08-01-20, 01:07 PM
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^^^^ Or tape it over.
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Old 08-01-20, 01:48 PM
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There is stamping on both sides, so turning it around is out. Isn't there something better than tape, more permanent? So filing is a no-go?
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Old 08-01-20, 01:49 PM
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I don't advertise, so I won't show branding for any company or product I buy.
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Old 08-01-20, 02:23 PM
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Fill it with JB weld or other epoxy and sand it smooth.
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Originally Posted by Pop N Wood View Post
Fill it with JB weld or other epoxy and sand it smooth.
It will then be the brand filled in b/c the color won't match.
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Well then leave a little extra.

You could peen the snot out of it with a punch and hammer.

Anything mechanical you do might compromise the strength of the ring. Buddy of mine used to steal motorcycles, he would take a mig welder to serial numbers or like mentioned above the forensic experts could pull it back out.

by the way, prozac works wonders for OCD
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Old 08-01-20, 02:43 PM
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You guys are a-holes here.
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Return the chainring for a refund and buy an unbranded chainring. If advertising is that bad (and there's some validity to that outlook), it would be better not to reward manufacturers that sell products with advertisements on them.

That said, de-branding everything in your life sounds..... challenging.
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The problem is that the stamp extends into the steel. If you file down far enough to get rid of the indentations, you are 1) removing any anti-rust plating, and 2) possibly significantly weakening the ring. You might try to cover the indentations with a ring made of tape (like electrician's tape) cut into a ring. Might look pretty cool. But unless you file the entire stamped face off (in which case you will have a rusted circle on your chainring), you'd have a rusty spot on the chrome chainring.

BTW, in every forum I know of, there are folks who will make comments ranging from meant-to-be-humorous to severely evil and malign. Sometimes they do it to get a response. Deny them that pleasure. Five words: Water off a duck's back. Ignore em.

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Originally Posted by kjaioqhbkqb View Post
I have a steel chainring with the brand name and size (36T) stamped into it and I would like to remove the stamping. Can I file it off or fill it with a bondo-like substance? If so, what to use? I do not want any branding on the chainring at all.
you could fill the stamping, but unless you then paint the chainring, the lettering will still be visible. Serious question - Do you sand the logos off your components also? I quite like the idea of a genuinely anonymous bike (ie no stickers on frame or wheels) but itíd be more of a style choice than an unwillingness to advertise. Iíd likely leave the components alone
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Originally Posted by kjaioqhbkqb View Post
It will then be the brand filled in b/c the color won't match.
What kind of chainring is it, and what is it made of? Okay, I reread the original post, and it is steel. Maybe post a picture of it and maybe I could come up with an idea.
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Originally Posted by kjaioqhbkqb View Post
You guys are a-holes here.
Hey I was honestly trying to help. A glob of epoxy or poly sulfide glue ****ered over the logo will obscure it. Just make 100% certain the surface is clean first.

But come on man, you gotta admit, worrying about a stamped logo on a chain ring is some serious mojo.
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****er is a nanny word?
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So mechanically I think that filing it off is inadvisable and you're unlikely to get a very uniform finish using a filler. I don't know if you're attached to the utilitarian look of the plain steel, but otherwise you could maybe find some sort of decorative way to cover using cut vinyl or the like.

Your jam is not mine, but I think that aside from people not really sharing your wants, there's not an amazing way to do what you want.
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Old 08-01-20, 06:15 PM
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Could you leave the size stamp? That seems inoffensive enough. Here is a recent thread you might find useful. No Name Apparel?
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Best way is drill some holes where the logo is located. Steel is likely strong enough that the ring won't notice
the missing material. A friend with a welder could fill in the logo with a tig set up and then you could file down
the lumps and with progressively finer sanding smooth it out and buff it to a polish or leave it rough.

What did you do with the other logos stamped or forged into the metal? 3M makes a special wheel for removing
decals without damage to the underlying paint or material.
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If it is really important to you then take it to a shop and have them fill in the stamping, smooth it out, and plate or paint it so you canít see it.

Iíve used solder to fill in indents on steel Lionel contact shoes for a short term fix, you can smooth it out and maybe polish it close enough to match, considering few people are going to get close enough to the chainring or even care, or you can paint it.

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