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    Paint stripping/works finish

    I know it's not rocket science, but here's a quick rundown on my project. I had a Socom for a bit, and honestly my favorite thing about it was the works finish. When I decided to go back to my M1, I wanted to spruce it up a bit with a new finish and new parts.

    I just followed some tips on how to strip paint and voila... home made works finish.
    Here's the crap you get at your local auto parts place for $5:



    Here's the crazy stuff that happens to your paint when you spray it on:





    And there's the final product:



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    It'll oxidize and dull since it's bare aluminum now. You can clearcoat it if that's the finish you want.

    A little bit of Mother's Mag Polish and elbow grease can make that sucker shine like chrome.

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    You clear coated it didnt you?

    Aluminum doesnt rust, but it does oxidize. If you leave it 100% raw like that, you'll have to touch up the bike with aluminum polish or a scotch bright pad every few days cuz it will get really hazy and uneven looking. Just a warning.

    EDIT: ^ ^ beat me to it!

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    That second pic just creeps me out, it looks like a disease or something

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    It'll dull to a point, and then stop. Aluminum oxide will only form on the surface, and will actually protect the material beneath it, unlike steel.

    Gotta love those chemical strippers. Just watch that paint bubble up.

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    I didn't do anything other than a quick scotchbrite. While at the Intense factory last year, I saw how they just take the works bikes out of heat treat, put stickers on them, and put them in the box.... no coating whatsoever. I'd actually prefer if it gets a bit darker over time. Not into that shiny look these days.

    Yeah, that paint stripper is some nasty stuff. Oh, and FYI... don't spray it on your arm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover Nick
    That second pic just creeps me out, it looks like a disease or something
    indeed hahaha
    Road riders put their bikes on top of shiny $50,000 cars. But the average full-suspension rider puts his bike on top of a beat-up barely-hanging-together car that costs a fraction of what their bike costs. For them their bike is their life.

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    Yup, it'll oxidize ... but won't hurt the frame one bit, I believe. Lot of folks don't care for the alOxi look, but I think it's cool: understated to the extreme.

    Cool project.

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    Thats it, no other steps? Thats pretty awesome. Would it work the same on a cr-mo frame? Ive gotta dig that guinea pig bike out of my closet and give it a shot.
    Dont pinkbike my mtbr

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    With cromoly, you most defintiely need to take the proper precautions to inhibit oxidation. Cromoly rusts, rust will eat through it.

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    cover it with honey and loose a pack of angry badgers on it....

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    Dug up this thread with a search --- so if i strip my AL frame could i build it back up/ride it without a clearcoat? i just imagine it would be a pain in the arse to apply a nice, even clear coat on my own. would the oxidization really adversely affect the appearance of the frame? is it in fact true that the intense works finish is NOT clear coated? Thanks!

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    Yes, aluminum does not need to be clearcoated. However, if there is no CC then it will oxidize on the surface. Oxidation will change the color. It's easy enough to touch it up with some Mother's Mag Polish though. This has all been covered in the thread.

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    it won't affect the composition/integrity of the metal though (as with steel) right? you're fast dude, thanks!

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    The oxidation will not, it's just like anodizing. If anything, it's protecting the material beneath.

    The stripping process... I don't know. I've stripped a couple of frames/parts and have not had any issues. I guess the chemical reaction would give off heat, but I wouldn't think it's nearly enough to change the temper/heat treating of the material. It will still void your warranty though.

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    is that really the case with the Intense works finish; no clear coat?

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    I don't think they CC... but I can't confirm it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goliath_2
    so if i strip my AL frame could i build it back up/ride it without a clearcoat?!
    Yes.

    Strip the paint. Hose it off. Build it up. Keep it simple.

    I just went outside to take some updated pics. Still looks as good as it did when I started this thread about a year ago. And it's not been babied... flogged through 4 days of muck at Whistler, the rocks of Bootleg, heat of AZ, etc...

    I've been really happy with the results. The finish is very durable; No more worry about scratches.




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    Quote Originally Posted by DrEVS
    While at the Intense factory last year, I saw how they just take the works bikes out of heat treat, put stickers on them, and put them in the box.... no coating whatsoever.
    Not sure how else to say it....

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    nice! that looks friggen sweet! i'll go get a can of that stuff - auto parts store i assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrEVS
    Not sure how else to say it....
    shoot, i must have missed that. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goliath_2
    is that really the case with the Intense works finish; no clear coat?
    That is correct

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    If you polish it up do you need to clear coat it?

    I see lots of polished frames.. Santa Cruz especially.. they have no clear coat.. how are they kept shiney?

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    That looks great!!

    I, too, have a raw bike. It's a great way to bring an older bike up to a 'new-school' look -- especially since you sourced the decals. My downtube was all scratched from shuttling/riding and looked hideous so I decided to strip it. Now I don't have to worry about paint AND it looks better!

    Here at the shop, the 'Works' finish is reallllly popular on our Intense sales.
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    By clear coating them

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