Vintage MTB frame – paint strip – Felixstowe

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  • Vintage MTB frame – paint strip – Felixstowe
  • fakiee
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    Hi,

    I’m hoping to get a frame and forks paint stripped. It’s a Raleigh dynatech Ti-1000 which has titanium tubes main tubes.

    Any of you wise people know anywhere in Suffolk that can do this, preferably on the cheap side of things. Dipping, bead blast?

    I’m trying to avoid the DIY Nitromors route!

    Thanks for the help!

    Premier Icon Wally
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    I would keep it as original as possible, even if a Rat Bike look. You will just ruin it. Been there and done exactly the same with a vintage Specialized steel frame I should have left well alone. Idle hands and all that.

    trumpton
    Member

    you will better advice and info on the retrobike site. They all restore bikes on there.

    fakiee
    Member

    Thanks for the advice, I’ll check out retro bikes. The frame has already had the main tubes painted black and looks crap, hence the strip back

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    Aerocoat in St Olaves are good but the opposite end of Suffolk to you!

    fakiee
    Member

    Thanks Johnny,

    Would be perfect if it was closer!

    trumpton
    Member

    You have to be careful blasting as the frame may get damaged a place that does this may not know about bike frames.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    Is it lugged and bonded

    fakiee
    Member

    It’s a dynatech titanium frame, which is lugged and bonded, not welded.

    Good point as it may easily damage during sand blasting.

    I’ve also heard stories of these frames main tubes coming loose from lugs, debonding, etc.

    Should probably avoid it then?

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    Is there a risk paint stripper could attack the bonding? I’d have thought a gentle media blast would be safer (walnut shells, soda etc).

    trumpton
    Member

    you could just post the frame to somewhere like Argos cycles who will strip it safely and repaint it too. They may also be able to add disk mounts on it at the same time.Could be quite spendy though.

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    mick_r

    Is there a risk paint stripper could attack the bonding? I’d have thought a gentle media blast would be safer (walnut shells, soda etc).

    That was my first thought too.

    Does anyone know the specifics of the bonding agent?

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    Thinking about it, you might also have to be wary of heat softening the bonding (so powder coat could be a no no). At work I’ve had engine block temperatures (maybe less than powder coat temp) melt epoxy adhesive. Probably need to look what gets used to paint carbon frames.

    Raleigh had lots of paint problems on these bitd so maybe they were having to use something special / low temperature / 2 pack etc (dissimilar metals probably didn’t help).

    ctk
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    As above powder coat is a no-no.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    I remember reading about these when they came out.

    Who would have thought I’d now be reading about them being restored all these years later?

    Where do the years go? 😟

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