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Uncover the aluminium with chemicals and sanding paper

June 9, 2018 - Willem L. Middelkoop

There is beauty in raw, unfinished material that is often hidden with superfluous layers of paint. I like things to be true to the nature of the material. My bike was painted black - not bad - but I wondered what it really looked like from a material point of view.

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Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler
Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler
Front fork wrapped in plastic bag
Front fork wrapped in plastic bag
You know something is going on when chemical crystals are forming on your bike frame...
You know something is going on when chemical crystals are forming on your bike frame...
Bike painted black before the treatment
Bike painted black before the treatment
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black
Safety label on the bottle of dichloromethane: danger, danger, danger!
Safety label on the bottle of dichloromethane: danger, danger, danger!

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