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    Stripping a DW Spot

    I'm thinking of stripping the paint off my '10 DW Spot. The paint looks tired and the bike can use a new look being raw.

    Has anyone here done it? We don't have access to sandblasting and chemical dips where I live so I'm going to use some paint stripper and do it by hand.

    Does the paint have another harder base layer/primer? I'm over the fence on this one because if it's going to be too much of a PITA, I just might leave it alone.

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    Thanks. Just what I thought. Too bad we don't have anyone offering any chemical dips here in the Philippines.

    I guess I'll stick with it for now, unless I get some free time on my hands.

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    Hey, check out this link. It gives a nice step by step process.

    Myths and the Reality of stripping Powder Coating from a frame

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    "I Like the Cut of His Jib"

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    Re: Stripping a DW Spot

    So I tried to put some paint stripper on a small part near the dropout. The PC came of easily but there seems to be a gray primer that the paint remover can't remove.

    Anyone encountered this? I'm pretty sure it looks like primer rather the raw aluminum.

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    aircraft remover. search for some threads on it i believe..

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    Re: Stripping a DW Spot

    Yeah saw that in a couple of threads. Sadly they don't sell it here in the Philippines. Good thing I did a test on a small area.

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    Only on 2 coat paint jobs is there a 'base coat' like a sparkle silver under red or blue. But if the paint is an opaque it is one coat and you are just looking at the gray of aluminum.

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    Thanks DT. Mine is a Sangria Red so I guess what I'm seeing is the sparkle silver base coat then.

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    My '07 Spot is Sangria red and there is only one layer of coating. On several places (for instance the top tube where the knee protectors occasionally rub) the paint has worn off and the raw aluminium gets visible. I like the paint to tell the story of a hard MTB life and am not considering removal. Yours is a different year, so it might be a dual layer paint though.

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    Re: Stripping a DW Spot

    Well it took me 4 days, but I finally finished! The rear was a PITA to strip. It felt good building it back up and seeing it done.

    Before
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    After
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    Stripping a DW Spot-uploadfromtaptalk1382109045370.jpg

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    Wow, that was a lot of work! Gotta love the raw look!

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