I started with a Columbus Steel Cinelli Gazzetta track frame. It had a pink over white paint job with decals on the outer most layer of paint.
I got all my supplies at Lowes for under $20.
I did not cleacoat the frame, but plan to have in powdercoated with a clear finish. In Albuquerque we don't get alot of moisture. If you can see the Potato Patch you probably ought to treat your frame right away with some kind of sealant. Steel is real, real rusty if you don't seal it right.
Step 1: Materials
This was the important stuff
3M stripping pads, 2x coars, 2x fine
Chemical resistant gloves.
Not pictured were q-tips. Very usefull around the headset and brake arch.
Paint stripper will burn yer skin. Unless you really like Fight Club, wear the gloves.
Step 2: Prepare the Paint Stipper.
Step 3: Paint Stripper
Step 4: The Bike.
Once you apply the stipper, your paint is coming of. It works very quickly. Test a small section first.
Step 6: First Removal of Paint.
Step 7: Paint Slough
Step 8: Remove Yer Parts
Step 9: Don't Use a Fan. Just Go Outside.
Step 10: Two X Two Minutes of Death
I wiped it off with a paper towel. It didn't need the stripping pads. The paint comes of slimy and wet. Do not touch it barehanded, it will burn the shit out of you.
Step 11: Take It Off.
Make sure you want a raw finish. Once you start you can't go back. Unless you get it repainted. So...
I put a really thick coat all over the frame. This sucked. I couldn't get a good hold on it because I had coated the whole thing. It worked, but if I were to do this again I would do one tube at a time!
Step 12: It Just Slides Right Off.
You dont just wipe it off and get a raw finish. Oh no...
Note helpful Manservant Kervin's shoes and left hand.
Step 13: Easy
Step 14: First Use of the Striping Pads.
You can see that tantalizing Columbus Steel peeking through.
Step 15: Forked
The basecoat was much harder to remove than the top coat.
Step 16: The Very Next Morning!
As you can see a lot of paint came off with the first two coats of stripper. I used the coarser pad for most of the removal.
Step 17: Taking My Own Advice, or Trusting Instinct.
The top tube and downtube have received three full coats at this point.
Step 18: Forked Again.
Finer tools will be used soon.
Step 19: Headtubes Suck!
Also, remove your bottom bracket and headset cups if you can. I couldn't, and I survived.
Step 20: NO SMOKING
Step 21: Use Cardboard.
Cleanup is as easy as a hose, but save the whales and use some trees.
Step 22: The Shows Over, Unless You Want VIP.
Mineral spirits and a scrub pad are next. I splashed some on paper towels and gave it a rub down.
Removing as much stripping agent and loose paint as possible was easy.
Step 23: Wipe, Scrub and Look Good Nakedd.
I then reassembled and went for an awesome ride.
Paint is weight. Removing grams makes you faster!