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Old 08-16-10, 12:03 PM
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Paint stripping question

I purchased a used Trek 1500 a couple months ago. It's in great condition, but the previous owner repainted it to make it more their style. It's not a bad paint job, but I don't want to keep the current paint because it's easily identified as his old bike.

I'm not sure of the year, but I can find that out if that helps. It's an aluminium frame with a carbon fiber fork and brifters.

I'm wondering if I should strip the paint down to the factory job, or if I should just pay to have it repainted by a bike shop. I've stripped paint before, so I know that can be done. I would test it underneith the bottom bracket to make sure it will work, and to see if it will have any ill effects on the factory paint.

Before I do that though, are there things that I should be concerned about? Will the paint stripper have any ill effects on the currently painted carbon fiber fork?

What are your suggestions or thoughts?
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Old 08-16-10, 12:47 PM
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Three paint jobs will end up looking lumpy and wavy. If you pay for a decent paint job, they'll end up stripping it down to bare metal anyway. You can use a single chemical stripper product like this Aircraft Fibreglass Paint Remover on both the frame & fork. It's not as aggressive as the other aircraft strippers that may attack the gel-coat on the fork.

Then wet-sand with 400-grit and primer and paint.
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Old 08-16-10, 05:42 PM
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I'm not certain about your particular frame but it may be one of Trek's bonded aluminum frames. If so, the tubes not welded at the joints but are bonded (read glued) to internal lugs with an epoxy adhesive. I have a '92 1420 that is constructed that way and a friends '89 1100 is also. If that's the case be very careful how you strip the paint as you could wind up with a collection of loose tubes.
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Old 08-16-10, 06:18 PM
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Ask in a body shop if somebody can paint it for you, because im almost sure you are thinking in using rattle can paint and that wont stand not even 2 days w/o getting chips eveywhere, it might be cheaper in the body shop.
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Old 08-16-10, 11:07 PM
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Oh, I maybe wasn't clear on my idea.

I was either going to strip the bike to factory paint, or I was going to pay to have it painted professionally. I wouldn't try to rattle can it myself.

Also, I'm pretty sure it is a welded aluminium frame.
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Old 08-18-10, 12:45 PM
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Ask in a body shop if somebody can paint it for you, because im almost sure you are thinking in using rattle can paint and that wont stand not even 2 days w/o getting chips eveywhere, it might be cheaper in the body shop.
My wife's bike is doing fine after I rattled it. Put several layers of clear coat over everything.

http://veloresto.blogspot.com/2010/0...nn-townie.html

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Old 08-18-10, 01:09 PM
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yep nothing wrong with rattle can, just have to take the time and buy quality paint and clear coat
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Old 08-18-10, 08:40 PM
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What brand of paint did u get?
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