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How to strip the paint off your bike

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I bartered for a bike recently and I was not digging the purple color scheme so I decided to paint it! In order to end up with a professional looking paint job I stripped all the paint off the frame to bare metal. Primed it. Then I painted it my favorite color with automotive paint and finally coated it with 5 coats of automotive clearcoat.


 
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Step 1: Here's what you need!

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~Paint Stripper.
I use citristrip as it's a little easier on the environment and the human body (aka magicsauce)
~Cling wrap
cling wrap keeps all the solvents and special magical chemicals in the magicsauce right up in the paint's grill
~a brush
tooth brushes work really well to spread around the magic paint peeling goop (just don't use it afterward to brush your teeth
~Sand paper
scuff the paint first it makes it easier for the magicsauce to do its work.

Step 2: Coat it!

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Brush the magicsauce all over and wrap it with the clingy plastic wrap (unlike your ex girlfriend or boyfriend clingy is good in this situation)

Step 3: Peel off the plastic and brush the paint away

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I left something out. for this you really should have some sort of rubber gloves, also a wire brush or steel wool really helps get the paint off the frame. make sure to get it out of every nook and cranny!

Step 4: Paint it!

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There are other great instructables on how to paint your bike so I'll leave it for someone else this time.
remember- BE CAREFUL!
chemicals are super bad for you
magicsauce is basically fatal if you ingest it or stuff like that also DON'T GET IT ON YOUR SKIN!!!

that's all

Happy Flighting!
oxfords13 months ago
this helped me a lot, I actually tried it and here are my results. I bought the magicsauce and I must say I re-named it lamesauce. I put it on wrapped it with glad cling and left it for 24 hours. No bubbles, and it took 2 3" pieces of paint off. So I went to my shed and found some old paint stripper called Klean strip k-3 premium stripper. I took a paint brush and within seconds the paint was bubbled up. Right now it's been about half hour since I did it and it's all flaked and falling off. so your suggestion did help since I had started sanding it and gave up within half hour however the goop you used didn't work for me. thanks though
EmcySquare1 year ago
How long did you leave the wrap on ?
josh (author)  EmcySquare1 year ago
Good question! Forgot about that one. It really depends. If you use a really strong aircraft stripper it goes pretty fast. On some places on this frame I let it sit over night. Basically until the paint bubbles up and can be wiped/brushed off. So 2-12 hours. Hope that helps
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