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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:05 pm 
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As part of my new 'Carbon Stealth' build i am removing ALL branding from every component part to give a cleaner finish to the bike (that includes all my Campy SR 2012 components!).

I thought i'd share with you how i got the graphics off of my Conti Supersonic tyres

After a couple of test patches of rubbing, scratching, black permanent marker and a couple of black paint spots, i was having no joy and reside to the fact i would have to keep the graphics on. I started to rub the permanent marker off with a rag towel and the Conti rubberised graphic started to come off.

I started to rub a bit harder with the towel across the graphic and it started to rub off.

I found that you had to do it in patches or alternating between different graphics as a lot of heat can occur during rubbing and i didn't want to damage the supersonic inner tube.

Here are a couple of photos. This worked with Conti but i have not yet tried it on other brands of tyres.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:16 pm 
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What did you use beside a towel? Acetone?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Just the towel. The heat caused by the friction causes the rubberised brand paint to simply break away. It took a good hour to do one tyre like this. There may have been quicker way to do it - i.e. with a solvent but this way seemed to be working well and allowed me to control exactly how it was removed rather than relying on a solvent which may have caused unwanted side effect to the rubber.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:25 pm 
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seems like an awful lot of work to do to a disposable item.
Surprised you could still type this down, with the inevitable blistering on your hands and al. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:27 pm 
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quattrings wrote:
seems like an awful lot of work to do to a disposable item.


When you have spent 20 hours sanding down carbon cranksets to remove paint jobs, or 8 hours removing the clear coat from carbon brakes and brake pad shoes just to get the right effect for your new build you have been obsessing about building for 2 years.........an hour removing the yellow and white branding from tyres that will not go with the look of the bike is nothing really.

Or am i just being too meticulous? :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:40 pm 
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You appear to still be using the presta vale nut and cap..... You can't be that meticulous..... :oops:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:49 pm 
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But there's no branding on the presta valve nut and cap.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:31 pm 
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crohnsy wrote:
You appear to still be using the presta vale nut and cap.....You can't be that meticulous.....


The caps are lighter than the alloy ones i have and are also yet to be sanded down! :lol:

And you have also missed Conti valve caps are yellow.........thus swapping them out for black to match my build.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:42 pm 
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Yet you are still using the nut and cap. :roll:

Hint: don't use them. Save weight.

Oh, and welcome to Weight Weenies.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:48 pm 
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maybe this is just me, but abrasively rubbing off a logo on a thin pressurized material (bicycle tire) sounds like a bad & unsafe idea. I've seen and experienced enough tire sidewall failures to know.

And plus, how are you going to know where the valve hole is if you can't line up the tire label with it. :noidea: :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:51 pm 
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The nut and cap are not needed. Not having them on your bike is lighter than having them on your bike.

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Thanks prendrefeu.

Been on and off the forum for about 3 years now and love it. Hope to post my new build as my first 'proper' post in the new year (a completely matt carbon ride in the region of 5.5kg).....not the lightest i know but a good first WW build on a budget i think!?!


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wojchiech wrote:
maybe this is just me, but abrasively rubbing off a logo on a thin pressurized material (bicycle tire) sounds like a bad & unsafe idea.


I did consider this and was one reason i didn't want to use even the lightest of sand paper and simply used a soft towel. The surface (of the actual tyre wall) under the thin rubberised graphic is in perfect condition........hence the reason it took about an hour to do a tyre.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:07 pm 
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crohnsy wrote:
The nut and cap are not needed. Not having them on your bike is lighter than having them on your bike.


Point taken..........maybe the weight saved from removing the logos will counter the caps :D


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Not likely.. :smartass: :thumbup: :beerchug:

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