Why won't respray companies do a raw finish?
I tried a couple of the more well known companies to see if they would strip and then clear coat my frame to create a raw finish but they won’t. Apparently you can’t do it as the metal will corrode? Seems strange to me as surely it’s no different than buying a new raw frame?
And before you say “do it yourself” I just wouldn’t have the know how or time.Posted 5 years agoTonylemMember
There are a couple of issues when using clearcoat powders compared to solid colours, and a lot of coaters simply can’t be bothered with the hassle.Posted 5 years ago
They have a tendency to craze (micro cracking) due to thermal shock if cooled down too quickly, and adhesion can be problematic.packerMember
I want a bare rough aluminium finish
Then just strip the frame and leave it bare. It will develop a thin layer of oxidisation which will protect it. That is what Intense do with their bare frames I believe.Posted 5 years ago
To strip it your could do it yourself with a chemical stripper or get it done professionally.I_AcheMember
Have a look at my Enduro on this thread. All i did was use Nitromors and wire wool to remove the paint and it has been left as bare metal for about 21 months now. Looks fine with no obvious corrosion, if it does go a little white with oxidization I can just rub it down with wire wool again, easy.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
You most have access to the old style Nitromors the new EU regulated stuff is rubbish, tried doing a frame with it but gave up after a days work because progress was so slow.
Dpends on the paint, newer water based paints are rubbish with any nitromors (newer nitroors being slightly worse), older solvent based paints practicaly run off!Posted 5 years ago
Took it to a bead blasters in the end and then polished it by hand with autosol. This was just to remove the odd looking finish that bead blasting leaves. I think this gave me the closest to what I wanted which was a rough, dull and bare aluminium finish as everyone else seems to go for polished. The bead blasting gave it a nice textured finish that’s similar to anodising. Seems to be holding up well so I can’t imagine oxidisation is going to be a problem so as advised above it will be fine as bare metal.Posted 5 years ago
if a uniform look to the frame finish is important to you you may well end up polishing it yet. sections (stays and toptube mainly) will self-polish from heel/thigh rub as you ride.
I think any marks will just make it look more interesting and characterful over time and I won’t care about that. I don’t really care about a uniform finish because I didn’t make it bare to be pretty, more so it doesn’t need re-painting and is more hard wearing.
Polishing just seems like far too much effort to me but I suppose that option is always there in the future.Posted 5 years ago
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