Refinishing carbon parts

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by nbfman, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. nbfman

    nbfman New Member

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    Can anyone here advise on refinishing or painting carbon parts? Specifically, I saw a case where, apparently, a shop removed the finish on a Time carbon fork, painted over parts of it to match the frame, and put a glossy coat on the rest of it so that you could see the carbon weave. I say "apparently" because I'm not really sure what was done. I was wondering about how one typically goes about doing this (sand off the finish?, etc), and how much it can affect the integrity of the part.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Bigbananabike

    Bigbananabike Member

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    If its only the finish that is sanded off (the clearcoat or paint) it shouldn't harm the carbon.:)

    If it was me (and I've done a lot of car etc spraypainting) I would either 2 pot clearcoat the carbon or lightly undercoat / topcoat / clearcoat it depending on what finish I was after.
     
  3. SlowestCat3

    SlowestCat3 New Member

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    Along the same lines, I'm interested in stripping an old Trek OCLV frame down to the bare carbon. So you're saying I can just sand lightly and I shouldn't be able to harm the carbon? That sounds better to me than using a chemical stripper - just seems like that might be more detrimental to the carbon.

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  4. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    I once sanded down and re-clear-coated an old fork, and it works fine. It was coloured bright yellow, but I wanted to use it on another bike, so I went for the 'natural' carbon look. I just used a cheap clear spray from an auto parts shop

    I was actually surprised at how good the result was
     
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