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.

Step 1: Here's What You Need!

~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!

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

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!

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!



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    3 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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