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Bianchi pista fixie

Old 02-01-20, 06:18 PM
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Bianchi pista fixie

Recently picked up a Bianchi pista 2nd Hand

Found what I think to be the clear coat is flake away and all patchy

Iíve tried foil and steal wool and actone

Hasnít really work.

Want to able to get it back to complete chrome and then Iíll apply a new clear coat.

Iím in Melbourne Australia.

Anyone know if any good products.

Also need ideas for drop down bars post a photo of yours my current stem suits a 25.4mm bar so want drop downs to suit that

Any help for be great

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The foil and steel wool is for rusty chrome, not clear coat, so don't go there. Acetone will remove some of the clear coat but wouldn't be my first choice. I'm thinking it will require a paint stripper. Do it outdoors! And the stuff I've used is very harmful to your skin, so check whatever you purchase for recommendations. Rubber gloves would be a minimum and eye protection too.

After it is removed you probably will have ruined the decals. Do you want to re-apply them? They aren't cheap, but you can buy replacements.

I have no experience in clear-coating a bicycle, chrome or otherwise. Personally, if I went to all of that trouble I'd be tempted to have it done by a professional shop for best results.

Good luck.
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...Want to able to get it back to complete chrome and then Iíll apply a new clear coat...
I can't comment on what products are available to you down under.

Here in the U.S., there are various types of paint strippers sold in hardware and home improvement stores. Some are gel-type, meaning that they adhere a bit after you've applied them, and while they're doing their work.

Google "paint stripper" and compare to your local retailers. You'll also need some form of scraper to work on the tougher areas. With chrome beneath, I would not use a metal scraper, but more of a plastic tool, such as an inexpensive putty knife.

Acetone would be good wipe after all is done, followed by isopropyl alcohol immediately before clear coating. Wear gloves always, of course, because strippers and acetone should not be on your skin directly, and have appropriate ventilation while you work.
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