It's tougher and more durable than paint. The main sections of paint will come off very easily – it can actually be quit disturbing the first time you do it as the paint makes noises, bubbles up and falls away before your very eyed!! The fork is well constructed, and deserved my efforts, I felt. Yes they do. Cleaning and degreasing the frame. Yep, if you get it stripped, polished and clear coated it will work out around £150. Powder coating is a durable and protective surface treatment that has become ubiquitous in automotive and motorcycle restorations. well, inspired by this thread, I resurrected an old Kona Blast. The 1940’s/50’s Meca Dural bicycle that I am currently restoring had an unfortunate encounter with an amateur spray painter. This process took about 4 hours, and yet  I still need to continue sanding with finer grade sandpaper to complete the work and have the frame ready for paint. Before venturing out into this unknown territory I did some research to determine what materials and tools I would need for the job. I had toyed with the idea of polishing it up, but that’s a whole other world of pain I reckon. Years of painstaking work? A much quicker job with a hardtail. I've done some research on the internet and read sand blasting is too powerful and could possibly damage an aluminum frame. Maybe just leave it raw. There’s still some stubborn paint in the nooks and crannies of the swing arm I’ve got to get rid of. I’d call it a day’s job. i’ve had two frames soda blasted and i’d highly recomend it,just had another done this week and dropped it off at the powder coaters yesterday.frames have always come back looking brand new. No it bloody won’t. It's poorly sprayed with some black spray paint, and they don't seem to have sanded anything down before painting. When I purchased the bike, I knew it had a… It does not corrode in anything like the way a steel frame would. Classifieds Rules so you know how evil that cack is. If so can anyone recommend a firm to do this? Avoid using metallic objects to "scrape" the paint off. At those "fine" abrasives the paint has little or no adhesion. For a very dirty bike, rinse with a low-pressure hose to remove the majority of mud and grit. Prepping the dirt bike frame after it has been stripped, will involve . Troy Lee D4 Carbon Helmet – The King of Helmets? 😆, Can I just get you to look at it Gary-C? It is less aggressive than other blasting methods, but the problem is that the use of baking soda is not as easy as it seems. One thing to know:  it is most efficient to sand very quickly, mimicking the action of a power tool. I imagine soda blasting is not blasting at all but is soaking in CAsutic Soda (Sodium hydroxide, NaOH). Give the frame a scuff job using 320 grit sandpaper and leaving the original paint there for bonding and rust prevention. Forum Rules Choose a shoe polish with a color that is darker than the paint used on your bike. The bare metal is more durable a finish and can easily, and quickly, be revitalised with just a few minutes of metal polish/buffing. do powder coaters not do the stripping as part of the process? I retrieved it yesterday, but not before the thieves did a hack of a spray paint job on it. I’m not paying that! What about the fiddly bits? 1 • WIN THIS BIKE!! Removing Paint from a Bicycle Frame the Safe(r) Way, Restoring Vintage Bicycles from the Hand Built Era, Simplex Tour de France Rear Derailleur Adjustment, Product Review: North St. I blast hundreds of frames a year and 1 in 10 would be removing a powder coat job gone wrong. I woon’t advise any sort of sand-blasting type method, as that can remove too much metal and weaken the aluminium apparently. All based on advice from Randy at mytenspeeds.com who has done some very nice paint work on his collection of bicycles. You can wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove dirt and then dry it by wiping with another clean cloth. In my case, I used some ronseal stuff which you leave for plus 6 hrs. dipped or bead blasted?? Most of what I've read say chemicals (manually applied paint remover) is the best answer. Reckon this would be a good idea for paint stripping? Every tank is different, so make sure you know where all the tank bolts are located. I bet if you just go for black or white, a colour they do in batches, and go down the powdercoaters with all yer threads, headset etc sealed properly and give the bloke 35 quid, they won’t say no. A labor of love, for sure. A quick google came up with this place selling kits. Elfin: We’re in this together! Clean the frame with water and soap and let it dry. I’ve got about 99% of the paint off of an old Marin Riftzone. 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