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    Mojo HD, anyone ever try stripping paint?

    Have a bike locally for sale from me, but someone painted it an awful color an did a really bad job. Has anyone had good luck stripping paint? If so, how did it come out, how did you do it, an does it weaken the carbon etc? Thanks,
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    Someone had sanded off the VitP paint before but not sure of the process. It is a few pages back in the HD build thread.

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    I wouldn't use paint stripper on it, I think hand sanding is the only option.

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    You will want to hand-wetsand it. Don't use any acetone or liquid stripper as you don't want any adverse effects with the resin. It's not necessary to sand all the way down to the carbon, but you will need to sand down to the basecoat. Prepare to put a lot of time into it

    Do you have any pics of that painted frame, or a link to it? Not that I'm interested in buying it, I just want to see it.
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    Carbo Lift will be the easiest way to remove it.
    CARBO-LIFT | Remove Paint from Carbon Fibre

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    Thats great to know, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Carbo Lift will be the easiest way to remove it.
    CARBO-LIFT | Remove Paint from Carbon Fibre
    I've read about using 1000 and 1600 grit wet and isopropyl alcohol to remove paint on the HDR and the results looked good - but has anyone tried using Carbo-Lift instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalhippie13 View Post
    I've read about using 1000 and 1600 grit wet and isopropyl alcohol to remove paint on the HDR and the results looked good - but has anyone tried using Carbo-Lift instead?
    I have, and I wouldn't advise it.

    I got my wife a new HDR earlier this week, but she hated the "reverse vitamin pee" color. So i had told her in advance of the frame arriving that I would try to get the hideous yellow stuff off.

    Tried wet sanding and alcohol. But quickly realized that this would take forever. Even with 400-600 grit sandpaper, getting through the clear and into the yellow was taking a lot of effort, would require significant clean up with some sort of stripper, and I felt like I was going to end up with the sanded areas looking noticeably different than the rest of the bike.

    So yesterday I tried Carbolift.

    Good news is the stuff works. Bad news is the paint/decals are NOT applied to bare carbon. There is a thick, black-tinted clear coat (or gel coat?) over the whole frame.

    So the Carbolift did its job, and took off the graphics...AND the semi-transparent clear coat under it. In the pics, you can see a couple of small spots where the actual carbon is exposed, and it looks nothing like the frames factory finish.

    So now I can either strip all of the clear coat off of the whole frame. I can tell this would take forever, even with the Carbolift. And Ibis didn't recommend it - they said there are some places with joints and seams where it probably won't be pretty.

    Or, I can send it off to Spectrum to get re-finished. Looks like the missus is getting custom paint on a 4-day old frame.

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    ^^^ would have been easier to hand the wife a sharpi and tell her to be patient.
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    Wet sand 300 or 400 then 800 plus would've worked with patience and time. It's unnerving but it works. Acetone will not harm the carbon, just your skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JChasse View Post
    I have, and I wouldn't advise it.

    I got my wife a new HDR earlier this week, but she hated the "reverse vitamin pee" color. So i had told her in advance of the frame arriving that I would try to get the hideous yellow stuff off.

    Tried wet sanding and alcohol. But quickly realized that this would take forever. Even with 400-600 grit sandpaper, getting through the clear and into the yellow was taking a lot of effort, would require significant clean up with some sort of stripper, and I felt like I was going to end up with the sanded areas looking noticeably different than the rest of the bike.

    So yesterday I tried Carbolift.

    Good news is the stuff works. Bad news is the paint/decals are NOT applied to bare carbon. There is a thick, black-tinted clear coat (or gel coat?) over the whole frame.

    So the Carbolift did its job, and took off the graphics...AND the semi-transparent clear coat under it. In the pics, you can see a couple of small spots where the actual carbon is exposed, and it looks nothing like the frames factory finish.

    So now I can either strip all of the clear coat off of the whole frame. I can tell this would take forever, even with the Carbolift. And Ibis didn't recommend it - they said there are some places with joints and seams where it probably won't be pretty.

    Or, I can send it off to Spectrum to get re-finished. Looks like the missus is getting custom paint on a 4-day old frame.

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    thanks for the heads up. I hope you got it sorted out ok!

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