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    Any luck painting anodised bike components?

    I have a 2011 Giant Reign X0, while I love the bike, I am not a fan of the Gold anodised linkages - they don't sit well with my conservative mid 40's image, a bit more bling than I can handle
    Personally I think natural alloy or flat black would look better

    If I was to pull them off, give them a good going over with fine sandpaper then etch prime and spray with good quality aerosol can auto colour does any one know if it would last over the anodising?
    I am pretty good with my hands [I am a tradesman] so it would be as good a job as possible without trade/spray shop skills
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    Never did it, but....

    ... a quick Google search and you'll see it can be done.

    How to Paint Over Anodized Aluminum | eHow.com

    Personally, I say leave it be and ride it, but I also am very particulat about color, so I can relate. Let us know how you make out.
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    I've read that certain solvents eat the color off of anodized parts. You don't want to beat up the surface finish too much because surface condition is a critical component of fatigue life.
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    Oven cleaner removes anodizing, once used it to convert some purple components to polished.

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    Anodize is the perfect base for a paint job. There is no need
    to remove it or sand it. Just clean it with a solvent of some kind,
    prime, then paint it the color you want.

    Best, John

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    Painting aluminum, or anodized aluminum can be tricky. At the minimum you should use self etching primer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Anodize is the perfect base for a paint job. There is no need
    to remove it or sand it. Just clean it with a solvent of some kind,
    prime, then paint it the color you want.

    Best, John
    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    Painting aluminum, or anodized aluminum can be tricky. At the minimum you should use self etching primer.
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    More research on my part is required I think

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    Maybe this will help. I anodized and painted parts for
    Navy aircraft for over 35 years and this is what we did.

    Best, John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Maybe this will help. I anodized and painted parts for
    Navy aircraft for over 35 years and this is what we did.

    Best, John
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Maybe this will help. I anodized and painted parts for
    Navy aircraft for over 35 years and this is what we did.

    Best, John
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    well if you can spend like $20, i would say use a de-ano from the hardware store... then just bring it to your local ano shop, and they should charge roughly $20 per link..

    unless you dont mind painting over and getting scratches

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    Sorry jeffgre_6163, but sometimes I don't explain myself very well. What I
    was trying to say is in the aircraft industry the way we would finish a aluminum
    part is first anodize or alodine it, then prime, and last color. We never painted
    bare aluminum. It is not easy to get paint to stick on bare aluminum. Also
    getting the part reanodized is another choice like Mattlikestobike said, but
    they will strip the old anodize as part of the process to reanodize it. How
    ever you need to be carefull when getting a part reanodized because every
    time you remove the old anodize you will remove some base metal. If the
    whole process isn't done right you can end up with oversized holes for things
    like the pivot bearings. So make sure you have a good shop do the work.

    Best, John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Sorry jeffgre_6163, but sometimes I don't explain myself very well. What I
    was trying to say is in the aircraft industry the way we would finish a aluminum
    part is first anodize or alodine it, then prime, and last color. We never painted
    bare aluminum. It is not easy to get paint to stick on bare aluminum. Also
    getting the part reanodized is another choice like Mattlikestobike said, but
    they will strip the old anodize as part of the process to reanodize it. How
    ever you need to be carefull when getting a part reanodized because every
    time you remove the old anodize you will remove some base metal. If the
    whole process isn't done right you can end up with oversized holes for things
    like the pivot bearings. So make sure you have a good shop do the work.

    Best, John
    Cheers
    thanks for the clarification

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