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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 fork wrapped in plastic bag
Front fork wrapped in plastic bag
Aluminium bike
Aluminium bike
Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler
Sanding my way through layers of unwanted paint and filler
Schindelhauer steer mounted on my aluminium bike
Schindelhauer steer mounted on my aluminium bike
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...
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black
One part of the front fork uncovered, the other still painted black

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