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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 12:51 am 
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Hello All,

I managed to pick up a '99 Cdale CAAD3. It's super stiff and I love the bike, but there is corrosion where the bottle cage bolts go and a significant amount of paint scratches. So I was planning on taking on some changes to manage the aesthetics of the frame. I was planning on stripping all paint and getting it anodized to jet black. Following that, I plan on putting on decals and applying a layer of lacquer to protect the anodizing and stickers. I don't have particularly nice components for this bike, just some junk and take-offs. This bike will be used for training and touring when I don't want to be on my Cervelo (especially during my turbo training sessions).

Components:
Crank - FSA Gossamer 170mm arms
External BB Cups - FSA MegaExo
Pedals - Shimano 105 SPD
Shifters - SRAM Rival 2011
RD - SRAM Rival 2011
FD - SRAM Rival 2011
Stem/Bars - FSA Aluminum somethings (I really don't care as this is not my WW bike) with Origin8 1 threaded to 1 1/8 threadless adapter
Brakes - SRAM Rival 2011
Seatpost - Cannondale C2 Carbon 350mm
Fork - Slice Carbon (Came stock with frame)
Wheels - Fulcrum Racing 7
Cassette - SRAM Rival 12-25
Chain - SRAM Rival

1. Will there be any issues with anodizing then lacquering this piece of metal?
2. Will the anodizing change the feel/stiffness of the frame at all?
3. Are there any components I listed that you KNOW will not be compatible with this frame off the top of your head?
4. Does anybody know of a chemical brand in the US that will strip the paint? (I'm looking to do this because I don't want to use a media blaster)
5. What would be the best way to apply that lacquer?

I want to thank you ahead of time for any responses. Thank you.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Components will all work assuming your fork is threadless - I have same bike and it's threaded steerer tube requiring quill stem, so check that out. Otherwise same dimensions as a contemporary bike. I've had one of these crack in the turbo (top tube/downtube/seatstay junction. Not sure whether that's common, just something to consider.


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 7:37 pm 
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Did it crack all at once? Was it horizontal or vertical along the tube? This might make me reconsider anodizing this frame or putting it under any kinda of stress.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:18 am 
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I just stripped a Cannondale Caad 4 with spray can aircraft stripper. Use rubber gloves and a wire brush to help it out. It's painted with Dupont Imron which is the hardest paint on earth. In fact it has to be sprayed with a hazmat suit. Your lacquer will not be as durable but lacquer is easily repairable. I have painted cars with both back when they used these paints.

I used a high pressure washer to remove the paint after the stripper was on a while. You will have to do it twice.

Aircraft stripper: Airplanes are painted with Imron still.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Same bike, same crack, same place with turbo use - not a lot of trainer time, either.Maybe 10-15 sessions (45 min - 1 hour). Two anecdotes don't mean it will happen for you, but something to think about. Good news: my dealer replaced frame no hassle.


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