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    stripping a frame, eco friendly

    Hi all, wasn't sure to post in this forum or another, but I am looking for a non toxic, eco friendly paint stripper. Have an old Powerlite bmx racing frame i'm trying to sell and would like to bare it's Al frame. Sand paper just doesn't work well for me

    thanks!

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    I just got about 75-80 % done an a pair of old Tange forks using sandpaper. Tedious, but Eco friendly.....

    Also, if you're gonna polish it, you've gotta use sandpaper anyway. 600 up to about 2000 grit, then polish.

    It's actually kind of relaxing, and fun in a obsessive compulsive way.

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    To avoid chemicals, why not get the power coater who will re coat your frame to blast it clean, this will use zero chemicals?

    I've done this and it's normally zero or minimum extra cost too

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdeanhove View Post
    To avoid chemicals, why not get the power coater who will re coat your frame to blast it clean, this will use zero chemicals?

    I've done this and it's normally zero or minimum extra cost too
    I think he wanted to make it raw and leave it that way, but blasting would be the most eco friendly stripping method (if not the cheapest).

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    yeah, I was planning on leaving raw. was hoping to do it myself too because I don't really want to invest the ~$25 to blast off then turn around and sell for 50-75. its an old frame and would rather just spend some extra time than cash. I have no idea how you guys would have the patience to sand off a factory coat

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    Media blaster will come out the best, most eco friendly, fastest.
    Round and round we go

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    It's great to be 'ego-friendly' for a lot of things...
    But in this instance, as you don't wanna pay for media blasting, get noting short of Aircraft Remover from your auto parts store.
    Any other 'eco' strippers simply aren't up to the task of removing that kind of coating - they just aren't.
    After applying the stripper and letting it work, the paint will just slough off... Use a plastic putty knife and some coarse scotch-brite over a dropcloth or newspapers.
    Once all the old paint is dried, it's fairly safe to dispose of in the bin.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Having just done a frame and forks with sandpaper I can confirm , it's extremely tedious.

    If you are planning on leaving it bare then as mentioned you are going to have to use sandpaper at some point, I finished mine with a 1500 wet n dry and I was painting over it again, if i had to strip a bike again i'd get it blasted
    I scurry away with my hardtail between my legs

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