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painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:16 pm
by konky
I want to paint a section of a fork steerer tube as it's exposed after fitting a new insubstancial Extralite stem. My guess an auto shop would be the best place to get a suitable paint to cover the yellowish steerer. Any other ideas?

Re: painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:48 pm
by motorthings
sharpie?

Re: painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:26 am
by elviento
Pretty much any method should work. A proper paintjob may add thickness to it and installation could create unsightly marks which could be exposed.

I say just leave it alone.

Re: painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:49 am
by lechat
If you really want to do it, mask the area off carefully and hit it with adhesion promoter ( Bulldog, Duplicolor ) followed by paint. Rattlecan for both.

Re: painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:13 am
by konky
I've found a perfect solution for this one. Believe it or not it's electrical tape. I happened to have some knocking around and it was the perfect width and tone of black. You really can't see it, all you see is black.

Re: painting a carbon steerer black

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:30 pm
by nspace
Would be surprised if the paint stayed, or thickness of paint didn't cause problems with mounting an Extralite. In my experience, the Extralite stem is hard enough to slide onto the steerer without anything on it, at least on my Enve 2.0. If the fit is tight, I think I would just take a sharpie once it was installed and color the exposed area.