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    Raw frame help

    Just had this bright idea that I'd like to change the finish on my Enduro (both the main frame and the triangle). I did a search and didn't come up with much info. It's an aluminum frame. Could I just have it dipped to remove the stock finish? What would I need to do in addition? Where could I get it done locally? Good or bad idea?

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    Is the stock finish paint or anodized?

    If its paint you can do it yourself with some Aircraft stripper from Pepboys. If its ano, then I think you cant do much without compromising the aluminum.

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    Uh, hmmm, I don't really know. It's a stock 2010 Enduro if that helps. I assumed it was a typical painted finish, but it could be ano I suppose. Is there a way to tell?

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    Looked powder-coated to me. It doesn't have the typical anodized 'sheen'. 99% of bikes are powder coated these days, especially the high-volume bike like specialized

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    If you knew this already please disregard, but I think you will loose the frame warranty if you remove the finish. If I remember Specialized has only one authorized paint shop. I know you said you want to keep it in raw finish, but you might want to check first.

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    I understand the warranty and am willing to disregard. Anyone with specific insight on this?

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    Look closely at the finish - if there is any type of 'orange peel' texture on the finish, then its either powder coat (likely) or paint (unlikely). Either way, orange peel will eliminate the possibility of it being an anodized finish.

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    If it is ano call Collins metal finishing, they'll de anodize it for you, they did a great job for me when I redid the wheels on my 911
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