Stripping my Giant Trance X1 Frameset to bare, polished aluminum.
So I have a 2009 Trance X1 frameset that I picked up off Craigslist last summer and built up with components from an even older Trance. I decided it was time for a drivetrain upgrade and I got a deal on SLX and XT 10 speed stuff from JensonUSA. My frame was kind of beat, and it is the drab olive green and grey to start with. I thought If I am going to drop a bunch of cash in this bike that I would like it to look a little nicer. I really like the polished look of the Trance XO so that is what I am going for.
I stripped my bike down today and tried the Rustoleum Aircraft Remover. The results were impressive. Maybe this isn't going to be as hard as I thought. Here are some photos of the rear triangle today. I could literally brush off the paint flakes with perfect shiny brushed aluminum underneath.
Photo 10 minutes after applying the aircraft remover.
I couldn't believe how fast it ate the finish, or how perfect the aluminum was underneath. The paint just brushed off with a paper towel.Attachment 769070
First look at the bare aluminum.
This is a shot showing how the aluminum looked before I did anything to it. No buffing, sanding, polishing.
I was super happy to see the finish already had a perfect brushed finish like I imagined I would want.
I applied the aircraft remover a few differant times to get to this point. Every application left a few areas of stuck paint. After wiping off the loose paint I would reapply the stripper and then wipe again in 10 minutes.
I think this Trance is going to look sweet! I hope the maintenance is not a PITA.Attachment 769072
The Whole Frame is Stripped, my insights.
I spent some time on the front triangle and the paint is completely removed from the whole frame.
Here are my insights:
Absolutely make sure the frame is cleaned and degreased. The aircraft remover didn't seem to touch the heavier paint before I cleaned the bike. I used a scotch sanding pad to scuff it up also and I think it allowed the remover to work more efficiently than applying over the gloss paint.
Let the remover do the work: I would spray remover, let set, buff off with a towel and then re-apply to stubborn paint. I repeated these steps until all the paint was gone. It took about 3 hours, but only a few minutes at a time. Paper towels worked perfectly to buff off the old paint and remover.
Don't scratch the aluminum with scuff pads or scrapers. My original Trance finish is just about perfect. I accidentally scuffed some bare areas with my scuff pad and those are the only blemishes. It would be a disaster to scrub the paint off with an abrasive pad.
Here is a pic of the whole frame, completely stripped, but no polishing.Attachment 769192
Input on Graphics Layout for Media Blasted Etched Design on the Frame
I have been playing with some different graphic design layouts for the frame. Here is the one I think I am going to go for. The shaded areas are the areas I am going to lightly etch with media blasting. I am going to mask the bike with vinyl tape so I will refine the design as I go. Let me know what you think.
I hope to pick up my little blast gun from Harbor Freight later today.
This is going to be a huge experiment. If I can't get a really even etched surface with the gun, I will have to abandon this plan.Attachment 769454
Oh No!! I just bought a Tallboy Al Frameset!
Hah! Tallboys are on clearance again! Just got a new shiny black frameset! I guess I will put this bike back together and sell it. Anyone want a polished Trance X1?
Seriously though.....do you think it will be easier or harder to sell like this?