How to remove paint?

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  1. sniperxfire

    sniperxfire New Member

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    I have mountain bike and its aluminum with gray paint. I believe its spray paint. It has some stickers too that i want to get rid of. Can someone tell me how to remove the paint and stickers?

    I live in Vancouver BC, so if someone could tell me where i can buy the things i need to remove them.

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. Toadmund

    Toadmund New Member

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    Sometimes Canadian tire has Jobmate heat guns for about 10 bux when they are on sale, they will remove stickers and most paints.
    But keep your heat gun away from your carburetor, it will melt plastic parts. (don't ask how I know that)

    Or you can use corrosive paint stripper. (or not)

    Or a propane blow torch.
     
  3. DaveH

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    Stickers can be removed with a heat gun - be careful you dont overheat adjacent plastic or rubber. If you dont have a heat gun a hair dryer on high will work, eventually.

    Paint removal can also be done with a heat gun, disassemble your bike completely and heat up a spot of paint until it blisters/bubbles and scrape it off, then move onto the next spot. It'll take you a while.

    A quicker way is to use stripper chemicals (you can get them at automotive stores or home improvement stores). Read the lables to make sure you wont also cause severe corrosion on your aluminum bike.

    An even quicker way to remove paint is with a angle grinder with a flap disk but you're going to get sanding marks in the soft aluminum and it's real easy to dig down into the metal with power tools.
     
  4. Toadmund

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    SOS pads work wonders my friend :) and some 80 and 120 grit sandpaper.
    im in Coquitlam. we should get a ride together!
     
  6. culvercityclassic

    culvercityclassic Well-Known Member

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    Look up "Jasco" I use it all the time, cleans up with water does a great job. Takes no time at all.
     
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    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

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    Jeff, have you used Jasco on aluminum?
     
  8. Toadmund

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    Any Canadian MotorBicyclists who don't live in BC?

    I know there are New Brunswickers who do, I've seen them, I did, I saw a UFO once too!
     
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    16v4nrbrgr New Member

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    Aircraft stripper is safe for aluminum but not for people, nastiest burniest most corrosive to the skin carcinogenic horrible automotive chemical I've ever used. I'd pay for walnut shell blasting before using that stuff again in large quantities like on a frame or a set of car wheels. Blarf!
     
  10. Toadmund

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    Or get body fill paste to fill the nicks and paint over the paint.
     
  11. culvercityclassic

    culvercityclassic Well-Known Member

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    Jasco is fine on aluminum, removed the paint on the last tank I spent 3 hours painting.... Lol.... It also works good as a face cream....
     
  12. MotoMagz

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    Yep Jasco, you brush it on once and leave it.Rinse it with the hose and Bam the paint is gone.
     
  13. sniperxfire

    sniperxfire New Member

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    Does Jasco remove stickers too?
     
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    As mentioned above, stickers will let go if you heat them. A hairdryer will do it, just keep moving it in small tight circles to spread the heat more evenly, and the $15 heat gun would do it more quickly. I often have to strip labels off product at work, and the heat gun loosens almost any adhesive. Since you're stripping the paint too, you shouldn't need to worry about any remaining adhesive, but if you need to a bottle of Goo-Gone (also available at Canadian Tire) is cheap and a bit on a rag will wipe it off easily.
     
  15. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    if they're old crappy stickers that peel off in little chunks, you can use a razor blade to scrape them off and wd40 or carb cleaner will take care of the goo.

    i use aircraft stripper on paint. pepboys sells it in a spraycan now, so it's less mess.

    just wear gloves and don't get it in your eyes.
     

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