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    Painting a carbon frame

    Recommendations on videos or articles to follow? Main concern is stripping the old paint. Iím planning to just scuff it to avoid damaging the carbon.

    Any recommendations appreciated.

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    Unless you are a professional painter with professional equipment it is always better not to strip the old paint, just sand it well for good paint adhesion. The original paint makes a much better base for your paint then any primer you are likely to use at home. If you are just using spray cans, the best thing you can do for durability is get a 2K clear (they come in matte or gloss) to coat the paint, I use Spraymax and get it from Amazon . Just keep in mind you must use a respirator mask as 2K paint is really bad for you. If you want a glossy finish you will need to learn how to color sand to smooth out any orange peel in the paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    Unless you are a professional painter with professional equipment it is always better not to strip the old paint, just sand it well for good paint adhesion. The original paint makes a much better base for your paint then any primer you are likely to use at home. If you are just using spray cans, the best thing you can do for durability is get a 2K clear (they come in matte or gloss) to coat the paint, I use Spraymax and get it from Amazon . Just keep in mind you must use a respirator mask as 2K paint is really bad for you. If you want a glossy finish you will need to learn how to color sand to smooth out any orange peel in the paint.
    Thanks for the heads up. It will be painted by a friend who paints cars. So Iím confident in his abilities to wet sand and spray with a professional gun. He has sanded and painted carbon fiber hoods on vehicles that came out fine, so Iím sure this isnít much different. Just wanted to confirm if there was anything different.

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    How about posting up a photo your bike after complete? Maybe even a before and after?
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    A 1.3 mm car spray gun is not the best for a bike. Can you get ahold of an airbrush with a .3 mm nozzle?

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    If you have not heard of him, look up Martin Gray. Bike painter extraordinaire. He has a significant YouTube presence.

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