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Old 11-02-07, 09:00 AM
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Decal / paint removal from CF fork?s

Have a Easton Aero fork CF and want to remove the red decal/paint at the bottom of the fork. The red decal seems to have a raised edge so it may be a sticker. Most likely the whole thing has been clearcoated over all the decals. Just don't want to proceed to wreck the fork. Any ideas? Make the assumption that it will need to be re clearcoated when done.

Please do not suggest contacting Easton as it is a waste of time to get a response from their customer service dept. Also did an extensive BF search on this subject and did not find any specific ideas.

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Old 11-02-07, 12:46 PM
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Old 11-02-07, 01:32 PM
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Wet and dry the decal off and redo the clearcoat with several layers of spray!!
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I think Goo Gone will take off the decal, though it'll take some work. You have to get it under the edges of the decal, since it won't soak through the plastic. It certainly won't dissolve epoxy, so it won't harm the fork. I'd expect it to take a couple of hours, though.
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I have Easton EC90SLX forks on two bikes and the decals are obviously under some type of clearcoat as there is no edge relief on any of them. The forks have a mat finish so the gloss on the clearcoat was obviously eliminated but the decals are under it.

I have seen a posting of an Easton fork from which all of the decals had been removed but I'm pretty sure sandpaper of some sort was mentioned. I certainly wouldn't do it to mine. The Easton ads don't bother me nearly as much as the possibility of compromising the fork's structure.
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Old 11-02-07, 07:05 PM
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Just use pentel pen ... dont mess with the clear coat if you can....
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Forgot to mention that the section of decal I want to remove is a bit rough and chewed up(used fork). For some reason the Easton Aero forks are mostly supplied with the red bottom decal which does not match the bike I plan to use it on. Thanks for the info except the pentel idea.

Going to try goo gone on a small section inside the fork so if it is not going well it will mostly be out of view when the fork is on the bike. Will report back with the results.

By the way this is one great fork. May not be for everyone but I do not race and this fork is as good as I have used in the way of stability.
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Old 11-07-07, 04:29 PM
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I would start with 220 grit. When you've got all or most of the decal off, switch to 320 grit.
When you have all the decals off, lightly 320 the rest of the fork. Then shoot a couple coats of PPG 2042 clear. You're good to go.

The attached pics are of an aluminum/carbon Big Sur frame. The stays and fork are the carbon parts.

In this case I sanded off the decals, sprayed sealer, colors & clear.
Seemed a bit blasphemous to paint over carbon, but that's what the customer wanted.
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