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Removing rattle can paint?

Old 06-13-15, 02:14 AM
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Removing rattle can paint?

I picked up a bike a cheap bike, mostly for the parts but the frame is is a Raleigh and I have an affinity for Raleigh's. It has a bad rattle can paint job and some of it has flaked off. I would love to rescue the frame if possible.

Have any of you ever removed spray paint without damaging the original paint below? Is that possible? Is it worth it?
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What type of frame is it? Some have had success with paint remover or grafitti remover. It needs patience, a bit of luck and just enough paint stripper to soften the upper layer to be rubbed off. With a bit of luck the spray can paint is not as hard as the paint on the frame, and if the previous owner didn't degrease too well or sand down the frame, it is sometimes possible to get it off.
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I've started removing rattlecan paint from a Motobecane Le Champion using acetone. Outdoors of course. It is slow going but it does work.

Unfortunately the previous owner sanded the original paint so the result doesn't look so good. This frame is worth the effort and the eventual expense of a real re-paint.
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+10 on acetone. +10 Do it outside.

Easiest source of Acetone is nail polish remover. Get a small bottle for $1 and try it out first.

I had a Klein with a flamboyant blue/green fade paint scheme, where the former owner rattle canned it white over everything: decals, drop outs, you name it. I adjusted my offer on the bike accordingly, figuring I was just getting the components. Slow but sure, the acetone took all the rattle can off without even hurting the decals.
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