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    I was wondering if you could paint the lower portions of forks. I would take it apart then spray paint it or something. Don't really know . The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black. Another thing I was wondering was what people do to protect the paint on the down tube (I think that is what its called ) right behind the front wheel. I was thinking of skateboard grip tape or some thick clear tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelman
    I was wondering if you could paint the lower portions of forks. I would take it apart then spray paint it or something. Don't really know . The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black. Another thing I was wondering was what people do to protect the paint on the down tube (I think that is what its called ) right behind the front wheel. I was thinking of skateboard grip tape or some thick clear tape.
    You should be able to paint it, but i would just tape the top part of the fork off really well, instead of taking it all apart (kinda scary). I dont have any suggestions on what to do about chipping paint. Post some pics of your bike when its done, should look pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelman
    I was wondering if you could paint the lower portions of forks. I would take it apart then spray paint it or something. Don't really know . The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black. Another thing I was wondering was what people do to protect the paint on the down tube (I think that is what its called ) right behind the front wheel. I was thinking of skateboard grip tape or some thick clear tape.
    I was thinking about painting my Jr. T up like a Union Jack, but I couldn't think of a paint that was durable enough to last on the trail, yet will go on with a brush (yeah, I'll hand paint it; I'm an artist biatch). Maybe hobby enamel....worth a shot. Or you could wait a couple months; Fox will release the 36 Van(illa) that will probably be black. Coil springs too. I wouldn't worry about the downtube. Any decent paintjob will hold up. I gotta give props to Specialized here...their paintjobs kick ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelman
    I was wondering if you could paint the lower portions of forks. I would take it apart then spray paint it or something. Don't really know . The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black. Another thing I was wondering was what people do to protect the paint on the down tube (I think that is what its called ) right behind the front wheel. I was thinking of skateboard grip tape or some thick clear tape.
    u can put stickers there, thats what i do now to cover the scratches, after putting our bikes in my friends truck the bikes get kinda cut up (especially the down-tube) because of the pedals and such form eachother bikes. So i found that if u put stickers here and there it helps cover up the scratches. But i wouldnt recommend over doing it on the stickers. And the stickers may go agaisnt your color scheme but its just what i do.
    im all about midget drops

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    as long as there not shivers, j/p, i painted mine, i just masked everything off real well, but than i went riding and scratched them up , so i didnt really care
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    I don't think I would mind if they chip a little because the 36's are dark any way. If they were a light color that might be a different story.

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    A buddy from my school did it..... Just took it apart and plugged the fork legs somehow..... turned out really good... It was a gross yellow green Junior T, he painted it gray and put a new sticker kit on er .
    It can be done.
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    if you put the new paint over the original it might come off in a matter of days, so i would recomend using sand paper to get all of the original paint off ( it is a shi3t load of work, but trust me it will pay off)

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    could you send it to the manufacturer and have them disasemble it for you, then send them to the anodizer, then send it to manufaturer and have them reasemble it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBsoxB
    could you send it to the manufacturer and have them disasemble it for you, then send them to the anodizer, then send it to manufaturer and have them reasemble it?
    No because it voids your warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSherpa
    No because it voids your warranty.
    does repainting it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBsoxB
    does repainting it?
    Yea, i think, technically adding a sticked does too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSherpa
    Yea, i think, technically adding a sticked does too.
    then why not go and anodize it so it doesn't scratch as easily. vanilla's paintjobs are weak...

    might be getting a diff fork soon though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelman
    ... The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black.
    Just get a silver seat post or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelman
    I was wondering if you could paint the lower portions of forks. I would take it apart then spray paint it or something. Don't really know . The reason I ask is because I am getting a Versus Blitz with all black components but really wanted the new Fox 36 R or RC2 but the color wouldn't really look very good and would defeat the purpose of having all the other parts black. Another thing I was wondering was what people do to protect the paint on the down tube (I think that is what its called ) right behind the front wheel. I was thinking of skateboard grip tape or some thick clear tape.
    http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com/ will cost $80, but they are supposed to be tops for painting frames or forks.

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    It's kinda getto but we just use a piece of clear rubber hose, split it and wrap it around your down tube, use a couple of zipties and it's bomb proof.. If you shuttle, it's awesome, no scratches yet for me.

    It does weigh a bit. My bike is like 48.2 lbs instead of 48.1

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    in painted my jrt, and heres the trick. you can just paint over the new paint, but dont expect it to last too long. if you wanna do a good job, it requires pulling the fork apart. EVERYTHING, needs to come off the lowers, including seals and bolts, ect. now, get some chemical paint stripper, apply (only brush it on in one direction), wait 15 minutes, and blast off the old paint with a preasure washer (works VERY well, and wont damage the metal like sanding or sand blasting). now you have a bare metal fork lowers. from there, you can polish them, (cool look), or paint them. what i would recoumend for painting is to tape off the internals, and use the old seals to seal off the top. then, spray a base coat of zinc oxide primer, and go at it with your paint. a couple nice layers of HIGH QUALITY clear coat to top it off. i learned this the hard way, and ruined the gorgeous paint job i had on my frame. but yeah, go for it, it really isnt hard, and youll be the only one with that fork!

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    I have decided even with my amazing painting skills (ha!) I will just buy some black forks. It will be much easier than painting them. I will leave that for later when I paint my frame bright green. But thanks for all of your input anyways, hopefully I could use it later. Plus I think the new paint job would last longer if I don't crash as much.

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