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    I just wondering did you guys polish or clear coating after removing the paint? or maybe chrome it since it looks like chrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderzy
    Ok. I stripped my front triangle on my full susser with aircraft stripper. Took me 1.5 hrs to get it looking very clean. I want to strip the paint off my rear triangle but I do not want to damage the bearings. Can I strip the paint while keeping the bearings in place? Will the paint stripper damage the bearings? Or should I just leave it black?
    I was just thinking about this as well. I'm possibly considering doing this, but wondering about the bearings.

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    Aircraft paint remover, steel wool, and then a scotchbrite pad....


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    This is what polished realy looks like!




    Here is another one, but not as polished:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak greeff
    iv always wanted to polish a bike frame. my son and i just finished this 12inch jamis 26inch wheeled bike. enjoy!
    That's really cool, he's one lucky little guy.
    '96 San Andreas
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnV
    Toothpaste is a mild abrasive so it makes sense that it would polish aluminum. Ketchup???? I don't get it....
    Ketchup is pretty acidic.

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    how do i determine if my frame is painted, anodized, or powder coated?

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread. So basically, if I strip down the paint to raw, and not do any polishing on it, would it end up like the raw finish on Intense bikes?

    And would aircraft paint remover get rid off paint, anodizing or powder coats?

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    Aircraft Paint remover for paint. Easy-off oven cleaner for anodizing. Not sure about powder coating, or how to get the Intense finish.

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    I used an easy-off type product, actually a plugged-drain-opening liquid, to strip the black ano off the triple clamps of my Dorado. After that I used steel wool to smooth out the surface, and they now match exactly the raw finish on my Intense frame.
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    This is what it looks like built up. It needs a little touch up by Mothers.
    '96 San Andreas
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    '12 Toyota FJ TT
    '05 MiniCooper S
    '95 Honda HB Si
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    Gotta break down the hardrock pro disc I just got so ill be doing this after seeing such good results. Will post pics shortly.

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    Stripped the frame. This'll look good when built back up.
    The bike is nothing special but it'll at least have a different look.
    Thanks for the ideas!
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    Here is my Sette Ace. If I had known how much effort it was going to be to remove the powder coat from this frame I don't think I would have done it. Even the most powerful stipper from Home Depot barely softened the powder coat, so it required a lot of sanding to get it all off. But all the effort in stripping and polishing was worth it, as it looks nice. My final polish I used Meguiars Scratch X (which is for paint). It gives a better shine that metal polish. I tried coating with wax, but that dulls the shine a bit, so I just leave it unprotected and polish it every now and then.



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    That looks very nice!! That's funny that this thread resurfaced. I was just looking at a place that does anodizing. I might pick up another early San Andreas. I'm thinking about getting it lightly bead blasted and getting it anodized dark black, for a nice matt black finish.
    '96 San Andreas
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    '08 KTM 530
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    '05 MiniCooper S
    '95 Honda HB Si
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    Flash

    USA made, maybe my favorite out of the bikes I've owned. Granted, I didn't do the burnishing or painting myself.
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    Here is my raw windsor 29er. Took about 45 min to get it stripped down using a spray can of aircraft stripper from the auto parts store and and acid brush. Maintenance has been pretty easy, just hit it with a scotch bright pad every now and again.
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    Really nice. The biggest detractor to the Motobecane's/Windsor's are those god-awful graphics.
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    My Titus El Guapo. Stripped it down w/ a paint remover. I don't like it polished so i just used a scotch brite pad to even out the finish. Still waiting for the Decals for the final touch.

    Last edited by jeffte; 04-26-2011 at 04:39 AM.

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    Mine came raw from the factory but it's so nice I'm surprised more brands don't offer it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffte
    My Titus El Guapo. Stripped it down w/ a paint remover. I don't like it polished so i just used a scotch brite pad to even out the finish. Still waiting for the Decals for the final touch.


    What paint remover did you use? Is the EG powder coated or anodized?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkosan
    What paint remover did you use? Is the EG powder coated or anodized?
    It's a local paint remover here in the philippines. I forgot the brand. It was like a gel. My EG was powder coated.

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    Now with Decals..






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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffte
    Now with Decals..

    How come you don't use that to tie down the rear DR cable?

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    I did b4, but when i crash the cable breaks

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