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Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:40 pm
by jorisee01
This is my newest project. I'm going to strip the paint of my TCR Advanced to naked carbon. Wish me luck and if you want to share some tricks, please do because this is going to be a PITA.

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Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:01 pm
by Mr.Gib
That particular model of TCR Advanced SL has almost no paint on it. The white logos yes, but after that it is mostly clear coat with what seems to be a tiny layer of black around some of the tube junctions. I can't see any weight savings from this. If the objective is just to change the appearance then have at it.

BTW that is a nice bike - my favorite geometry TCR (2009/2010?).

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:01 pm
by Weenie

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:08 pm
by jorisee01
I noticed 2 different layers of paint, yes.

It's a 2011 I think.


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Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:23 am
by truebeliever
I stripped all the paint off my HMF scott addict, I used razors and changed blades frequently. Spent a little more and didnt get the cheapest blades available, the cheap ones don't hold an edge very long

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:43 am
by davidalone
Use a very thin layer of paint stripper to help speed the process. Put it on, wait 10-15 minutes, then wash off. Will help to kick start the paint/ clearcoat peeling and makes the scraping/sanding much faster. Manufacturers are rather paranoid when they say stripper will hurt the carbon, and a little bit won't really hurt it.

Make sure you wet sand as well. carbon and paint dust is nasty stuff, and helps in the cleanup.

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:08 am
by dudemanppl
Would not recommend 10-15. More like 2-3 max. Me and another member here have done the same.

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:45 am
by tonytourist
Agreed with dudemanppl, better to let it sit on there for less time and have to do it two or three times than giving your frame a soft spot! I removed 100+ grams of paint from my white bike :twisted:

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:26 am
by abrown3mtg
I've debated stripping my look to refinish. Please report back with how much time it actually takes to accomplish getting it down to nude carbon.

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:05 am
by jorisee01
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So far so good. 3 hours including my learning curve for the fork. Pretty happy with the result!

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Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:24 pm
by jorisee01
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I'm done for today.

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:09 pm
by mariovalentim
you are going to clear coat it right?

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:21 pm
by pdlpsher1
Use a satin clear coat for a classy look. I really like the look of the paint (or rather clear coat over a light coat of paint) on the new Fuji SL.

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Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:26 pm
by jorisee01
Thanks for the advice but I think I want to go with just wax.

If anybody got some pointers for what to use I'll be all ears.


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Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:37 pm
by abrown3mtg
How many hours do you have into the frame now?

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:37 pm
by Weenie

Re: Stripping the paint of my TCR Advanced

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:24 am
by wheelsONfire
Oh, that is hell of a work!
I sanded a fork and it was extremely time consuming.
All warranty is void when you do this!