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How to remove paint from a bike frame

Uncover the aluminium with chemicals and sanding paper

June 9, 2018 -

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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Front wheel fitted to the raw aluminium fork
Front wheel fitted to the raw aluminium fork
Testing the chemical solution to remove paint from my front fork - it works!
Testing the chemical solution to remove paint from my front fork - it works!
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black
Working my way through the entire bike frame
Working my way through the entire bike frame
Safety label on the bottle of dichloromethane: danger, danger, danger!
Safety label on the bottle of dichloromethane: danger, danger, danger!
Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler
Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler

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