Introduction: Restoring a Bike at TechShop.

Flat tires, bent rims, and allot of surface rust, have you ever come across a bike that has been in neglect?
Thank you to the person that left and forgot about their beautiful Raleigh in front of the State Hall and gave me the opportunity to compose this Instructable.
This bike is in the middle of restoration using a sandblaster and powder coating hood at my local hackerspace, TechShop. "I made it at TechShop"

Step 1: Step One: Acquire a Bicycle, and Strip All Components.

After acquiring your bicycle start stripping all of the components. Start by first taking off the wheels and then the crank and then the fork and handlebars.

Step 2: Step Two: Strip the Paint Off of Your Bike Frame and Fork

Use paint stripper to remove and loosen up most of the existing deteriorating paint. I usually prefer not to endorse products but for this project i used Ciristrip Paint striping gel, it's biodegradable, mild on hands, and smells like an orange Push Pop :P
In case your missed anything here is another Instructable to reference to.

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-strip-the-paint-off-your-bike/#step1

Step 3: Step Three: Ghetto Blast That Top Coat!

After Letting the paint stripper do its magic, toss your frame and fork into the sand blasting booth.
Depending on stubborn the paint is, multiple passes may be necessary in the  sand blaster. 

There you have it the frame and fork are now ready to be powder coated and outfitted with new hardware (part 2 and part 3, coming soon)

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MichaelK161 (author)2015-12-29

A note worth leaving is it's a bad idea to sand blast aluminum bikes! The metal is too soft and sand particles will get engrained in the following finish from being stuck in the metal. When it comes to aluminum bikes, you're better off with the tedium of good ol' sandpaper