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    snowy day project - warning : stripper content

    The victim - 08 stumpjumper expert in "I can't stand it anymore" teal


    This is a serious pain in the ass. The paint stripper I bought at home depot is having a hard time with specialized's multi layer paint job. There is 4 layers in alot of areas and there also may be primer. Clear - decals - black - teal. Maybe I should have held out and found some of that "marine stripper" I heard about in another thread.


    After 8 months of riding without a full teardown most of my pivot bearings are doing well... except these unfortunate buggers. One of them was frozen solid and the other was very crunchy. Inside the seals was a mixture of rust and dirt. I don't ever hose my bike off so this was just from occaisional trail water getting in there. Its unavoidable so my guess is that these either need to be cleaned and repacked constantly or just replace them every 6 months. I was going to get stainless replacements but at $26 each vs. $4.75 each for the standard ones I opted to buy a half dozen standard ones.


    Its going to end up polished to a medicore standard, I'm not going for a mirror shine job. I have a decal kit for a hardrock that I got on ebay. I'm just going to use the main downtube logos and the "s" for the headtube. They are black with a white outline so it should look cool.

    Most pics next week when I finish up.

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    Wow, that sucks. If that was a medium I would have bought it with the teal paintjob.
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    It IS a medum. But the good news is that I've seen a few frames on ebay in this color and I'm sure you could get one cheap.

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    Those bearings go bad from sweat dripping on them as well.

    the $4.75 bearings will last longer if you remove the seals, pack them full of high quality waterproof grease, and replace the seals. I am using that Synthetic Green grease and it seems to do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PB Matrix

    the $4.75 bearings will last longer if you remove the seals, pack them full of high quality waterproof grease, and replace the seals. I am using that Synthetic Green grease and it seems to do well.
    Yep, thats the plan. The new bearings as well as the ones that are still good are all getting re-packed.

    Today's progress. Got all of the welds and tight areas cleaned up with a wire brush on a dremel. Only need to do the lions share of the finish sanding and polishing and it will be done.

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    God I loved that teal color. A damn shame.

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    nice works - looks alot better already

    are you anodising the frame or leaving it raw?

    new custom decals or nowt?

    Phil Woods (green) grease should help preserve pivot bearing

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    Gonna clear coat it or repolish every year?
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    do your crank arms while your at it, heck why not strip all the parts that you can,,,,

    Rims, brake levers, ect ect, then call it the Silver Dirt Surfer

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    Just hit it with a scotchbrite pad and WD40. I did that to my V10 DH bike and it was awesome. Check out Transition Bikes. They run alot of their frames like this. It looks great. I personally wouldn't polish a MTB, what;s the point? It's a MTB, it's not going to stay nice and shiney and who wants to be consatntly polishing to keep it pretty? That's just my opinion though. Either way it will look great

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    Check this bike out. Not polished, just basically scotchbrighted. It's the way to go man!
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    Love the Transition BR!

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    Yeah, I'm just about to pull the trigger on one!

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    I'm cracking up that some people on here are offended that I stripped the paint off of my bike... I guess I shouldn't show off my 911 with the small block chevy engine conversion, I might get death threats. (just kidding, I would never do that to a 911). See, this whole fetish I have for bare aluminum goes back to 1985 or so when my best friend got a polished PK ripper for christmas - the little dark crevises of the welds contrasting with the polished tubes, pure metal lust. My redline just couldn't even compare. Then, when I was in college and those Manitou frames were on the market... oh man, I was ready to rob a bank to get one. But instead I stripped and polished my Rockhopper. So, I hope you understand... I have a thing for this. Raw steel is even cooler in my book - I dig the heat discoloration around the welds. One of my wish list bikes is an Indy Fab steel deluxe with only a clear coat on it.

    I hated this color from day one, but with the deal I got it could have been pink and I still would have bought it. The super duper extra bonus is that the frame should be an ounce or two lighter (I'm a jr. weight weenie - I stop short of carbon seats with no padding).

    I'm just going to scotchbrite it and do a quick coat of rattle can clear, no mirror polishing. There are some pressure marks on some of the tubes from the hydroforming that just aren't going to polish out unless I do alot of sanding. I don't want to remove metal so I feel its best not to take it too far. Those marks were covered with a thick yellowish primer that was not present on the entire frame - so apparantly they do some minor body work on the frames before they are painted.

    I wanted these old school style decals but they are nowhere to be found and I didn't want to spend the money to have them made.


    So I got these instead - still black with white outline but in the more recent typeface. I'm only using the 2 downtube stickers and the 3 "S" ones.
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    yeah don't listen to them. I guess they think people are listening. They are offened that you stripped the bike that YOU bought with the money YOU earned. Are they kidding me? get real

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    Yeah, like his was the last teal fsr on earth.
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    I personally don't care what someone does to their bike. Throw it off a building if you like
    Anyway, My vote is to not polish it. it loses all its character when polished. You may or may not have polished things already but let me tell you, it makes a complete mess and is a sh&t job. Plus you look like a pansy showing up with a polished mountain bike (kidding)

    As you can tell, I love Raw bikes!

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    Here's a pic of my old V10 DH bike. I stripped it to Raw and scotchbrited it.
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    I agree. Here is my Intense 6.6 before I parted it out.
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    so... can we see the 911?

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    Uhh....where are the strippers???

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    New question here.

    Hey 92gli, how did you remove the suspension bearings.. better yet how do you plan to press them back in? Did you buy the specific presses from specialized or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik
    Hey 92gli, how did you remove the suspension bearings.. better yet how do you plan to press them back in? Did you buy the specific presses from specialized or what?
    If you search the forum for "bearing press" (I think thats how I found it), you'll find some old threads showing how to do it with sockets and a C clamp. I've done it several times with no problems. The dust shields on the bearings didn't even get bent.

    Got the front triangle finished tonight. Scrubed with 000 synthetic steel wool (appears to be the same as the small piece of old scotchbrite I had), wiped down with prep-sol, and clear coated.
    Decals came today and my bearings should be here tomorrow. I'll post the complete bike soon.

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    That looks sweet!!!
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    That does look nice. I would like to see it with the original decals on it with that finish. I like the understated look of the raw.

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    I concur with the royal PAIN IN THE ASS that the Specialized paintjob brings!

    I had been following the other threads, and even went and bought the Aircraft Remover after the Home Depot stripper didn't work.

    Removing the red paint from my kiddo's first bike was more than tedious - multiple applications of stripper, scraping, steel wool, etc.

    If I had anticipated the amount of work that the frame would take, I would have gone another route...oh well, at least I got it all done, repainted and built last night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    If you search the forum for "bearing press" (I think thats how I found it), you'll find some old threads showing how to do it with sockets and a C clamp. I've done it several times with no problems. The dust shields on the bearings didn't even get bent.

    Got the front triangle finished tonight. Scrubed with 000 synthetic steel wool (appears to be the same as the small piece of old scotchbrite I had), wiped down with prep-sol, and clear coated.
    Decals came today and my bearings should be here tomorrow. I'll post the complete bike soon.
    Definitely post some pics when it's all back together. Looks great!

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    Couldn't get it built up all the way because I have to go out to see the family soon...



    Merry xmas !

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    Dude, spectacular! great job. I'll be stripping my SL. That looks great. Where did you get the decals? Merry Xmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by shift96
    Dude, spectacular! great job. I'll be stripping my SL. That looks great. Where did you get the decals? Merry Xmas
    Decals came from ebay. Don't know if they are oem but if they're not they are very nice quality repros. Theres another guy on ebay that has tons of spech frame stickers but they are only 1 color and look really crappy. Search "specialized decals" in cycling.

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    Wow, can't wait to see it built up.

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    Dope.
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    Very nice! Much better than teal.

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    Much better than teal. I've stripped and polished 2 bike frames and I'll never do it again. One I just scotchbrited the other I polished to a mirror shine, that was a pain.

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    All done...


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    Looks cool.

    btw, I think people were just really complimenting the original Teal color. A lot of spec bikes are pretty boring color wise and that team looked pretty cool IMHO, but I have always been a Yeti fan, so maybe that is why? I would imagine either you like the teal or not, and you didn't, no biggy.

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    that is just a big ol pile of awesome
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    Awesome.

    Not sure I would take the time to do it but I love the result. Thanks for sharing.
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    Nice job! It looks so much better now. Now, go get or make yourself a chain stay protector and or a seat stay protector. You will not regret it. Have you though about silver stainless steel colored spokes? Even better, In my opinion stainless steel spokes on gold Chris Kings hubs with gold rims would be stellar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Americanahstan
    Nice job! It looks so much better now. Now, go get or make yourself a chain stay protector and or a seat stay protector. You will not regret it. Have you though about silver stainless steel colored spokes? Even better, In my opinion stainless steel spokes on gold Chris Kings hubs with gold rims would be stellar.
    I forgot the chainstay protector but its on there now.

    I'd prefer silver spokes too but I got these wheels already built for a song. On a related note, when you save over $100 vs. the market price for nice wheels, something has to be amiss. If the parts are what the seller says they are then the shortcut must be a really half-assed build - which these were. I'm pretty sure from the damage on some of the nipples that the primary tool used was a power screwdriver. I just spent most of my day today getting them right. All good now. (They are DT 240 hubs btw)

    And the chain - That was supposed to be the silver version but I was sent a gold and given a partial refund by the ebay seller.

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    Awesome job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    Error: Porsche 911
    Error: Chevy small block not found

    J/k, you're fast

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    100% Better Love it!

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    great end result : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by vk45de
    Error: Porsche 911
    Error: Chevy small block not found

    J/k, you're fast
    No 911 in the garage unfortunately. Just an illustration. Hope to get a nice but not too nice 3.2 some day soon. The closest I've been is a ratty 944 I had when i was 24 and didn't know any better. That lasted 6 months before it drained my bank account - proving the saying, there is no such thing as a cheap porsche.

    That corolla is the wife's commuter. We both hate driving it but it covers miles like a champ with no problems. 32,000 miles in 18 months so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjb
    Uhh....where are the strippers???
    ask and ye shall recieve



    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    did you clear coat it after applying the decals? Looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgfthntr
    did you clear coat it after applying the decals? Looks awesome!
    Nope, clear first.

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    bike is sweet.
    ill send you mine next week. lol

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    It does look good. And I wasn't telling you what to do with your bike! I have a large version of the same frame sitting in the garage right now. but it's my wifes and was a large so I can't use it.

    I'm also a big fan of the yeti blue so when these demo's first hit the shops I was all over one.
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    Couple questions….

    First off looks great!!

    Looking to see if anyone has had any luck with stripping a 07 with the satin finish. I have a 07 Elite in the blue and am not sure it is just a paint or some other type of coating. I don’t want to undertake this venture and find out that I am screwed from the beginning.

    … and where do you buy aircraft stripper… auto store?

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    Many of the '07's (if not all) were powdercoated, but that's just what I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroS
    Many of the '07's (if not all) were powdercoated, but that's just what I remember.
    That is what i am thinking as well (i don't know paint that well) that it is powdercoated. Can this be stripped?

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    No that isn't paint, it's anodized. It has a certian finish under there that makes the frame surface rough then it is anodized. Can't be stripped.
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    you can remove anodizing with over cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyxcom
    you can remove anodizing with over cleaner.
    True. There is also some variety of commercially available liquid acid that will do it as well (may be the same active ingredient that is in the oven cleaner). Alot of the bmx collectors have been stripping faded anodizing off of old parts and polishing them.

    You just need to be careful about letting that stuff sit on aluminum too long, it can pit the metal. I mean, like letting it sit overnight. How do I know ? I once had a crappy summer college job cleaning out rented RVs. I ruined an entire oven inside a camper because I left oven cleaner sitting in it overnight.

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    The aluminum is anodized over a finish that gives it that rough look. If you feel like sanding the whole frame down go for it.
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