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Raw Aluminium Finish


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Hey Guys,

Looking for the best and most economical way to strip paint on on old hardtail and convert it into a raw aluminium finish?

First prize would be to send it in somewhere (maybe sandblasting?) and second prize would be DIY.

Any advice?

Thanks

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Paint stripper does wonders, alternatively any powder coating company has an acid bath that remove paint like almost immediately.

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DO NOT use any kind of blasting on aluminium.

It will leave a dull surface which you are going to struggle to remove.

I am a great believer of Plascon's "RemovAll" - use as per the instructions.

You can even apply it with your bare hands rather use a brush tough.

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I knew a guy who had a cannondale with this finish on it. 

 

Worst thing I have ever seen. You just looked at it and it had fingerprints on it. Honestly, you simply could not keep that bike clean.]

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13 hours ago, porqui said:

DO NOT use any kind of blasting on aluminium.

It will leave a dull surface which you are going to struggle to remove.

I am a great believer of Plascon's "RemovAll" - use as per the instructions.

You can even apply it with your bare hands rather use a brush tough.

I don't think you get RemoveAll anymore. I've been looking for it for ages.

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Thanks, I would probably like to send it in so a 'professional' can do it.  Any suggestions?  Perhaps a carbon repair workshop could do it easily.  I'm in a sectional title so I don't have much space to be stripping paint.

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15 minutes ago, Trevz said:

Can you not apply a clear coat to the bare aluminum afterwards to prevent having to continuously clean up fingerprints etc. ?

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did exactly that on 3 different frames, spraycan clearcoat rubs off after a few months, so best to get a 2k-2 part clearcoat for cars if you plan to seal it,  2 bikes ive done with the rustoleum for refrencewkwd9gxg95861.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=bc020625f54093ec2c2401ab09451851f2e6d181Post image

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Car Mag aluminium polish should work well. You can also use toothpaste to clean and polish. Use a cloth dab and then gently rub in. Rinse off with warm water.

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Autosol is any raw aluminium frame's best friend.

For the frames  i did I used  a green 3m pad and WD40 for the initial polish, and then autosol to finish it off.

If you want to clear coat, ou will need to use a self etching 2k clear coat. rattlecan won't be durable enough.

 

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