carbolift

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
sjc166
Posts: 171
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:17 pm
Location: Perth, W.A

by sjc166

Carbolift never replied to my emails. Sandpaper and hard work got my paint off. Takes a while but it's a safe option

skinnywater
Shop Owner
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:13 am

by skinnywater

I just placed my order. After a couple emails and a lot of bad links this is where I ended up.

http://store.trainingfx.com/Carbo-Lift-500ml

Sent them an email if they still had some in stock (after dealing with supplier that doesn't reply). They answered my question about how much I need (500ml will work for 1.5 road frames). I bought from them with confidence and it shipped next day.
Richard Traugott
Sales Manager
Ryder Bikes - Bradenton
1905 Cortez Rd W
Bradenton, Fl 34207
941-756-5480

http://ryderbikes.com/
http://www.seasucker.com/

hillrider
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm
Location: Ireland

by hillrider

@skinnywater,good link,its just a pity Im in Europe and that shop is in Canada!

artray
Posts: 1365
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:08 pm

by artray

They have a warehouse in the UK.
I have used it and it's not going to strip all the paint of your bike that easy. Much better off using a craftknife.

tranzformer
Posts: 875
Joined: Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:36 pm

by tranzformer

If you don't have the ability to source Carbo-lift and want something a little more economical, I have had great success with SmarStrip Pain Remover which I used on a carbon frame. Put a nice coat on. Wrapped it in saran wrap and let it sit over night. Paint came off very nicely. Here is a link: http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/catalog/smart-strip-paint-remover/

hillrider
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm
Location: Ireland

by hillrider

So I got my hands on a 2009 Addict R3,white, with the rear seat/chain stays in black and hints of gold here and there.It looks truely awful.So I started to use a scraper with a Stanley knife blade in it,and used the "pull back" method as advised by a few people on here.After 8 hours alot of the paint is off,and I reckon I have another 2 hours tomorrow with the scraper to get the rest off.But I know already its going to be hell removing the paint thats left in the hard to reach places like the headtube,bb,drop outs and rear brake bridge etc.The addict has 4 layers on it,a grey primer,then black paint,then white paint and finished off with a gloss clearcoat.I tried a little section on the headtube tonight,using 240 grit wet and dry by hand,and the paint was a b1tch to sand off.Its nearly bulletproof paint!! :evil: My fingers,hands,wrists and elbows are sore,and the thoughts of going back to the frame tomorrow is killing me.To anyone else thinking of stripping/sanding their carbon frame,take my advice........It ain't easy,be prepared for lots of hard work!!!! Sorry for the rant guys. :oops:

BobSantini
Posts: 292
Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:03 am

by BobSantini

Will you be able to give us before and after weights?
My guess is 150g of paint :)
r o y g b i v

hillrider
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm
Location: Ireland

by hillrider

Of course I will Bob.The painted 56cm frame with rear mech dropout and the BB mounted cable guide was 1015g.Will post nude weight whenever I get all the paint off!!

fitty4
Posts: 350
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:19 pm
Location: Denmark

by fitty4

I'm also removing paint. My frame is a cervelo r3 2008 model. I started with a blade but went with sandpaper since i also have a thick layer primer that is almost impossible to penetrate with a blade, also my frame has some patches of carbon so that you can't use a blade without destroy the frame. The frame started out weighing 879 gr and is now down to 800 gr. I reckon it will go down to close to 790 gr. Like hillrider said: it's hard work. I think I've used about 12 hours so far
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fdegrove
Tubbie Guru
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Joined: Tue May 03, 2005 2:20 am
Location: Belgium

by fdegrove

Wrong thread.
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.

artray
Posts: 1365
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:08 pm

by artray

It took just 3 hours to get the paint of this Trek 5900 superlight, It was very thick and quite a few colours I Just lightly cut into the paint and dragged it off . It came off in big strips . A few bits of wet and dry in awkward places . I must have been Lucky ,,, check it out viewtopic.php?f=10&t=108728" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

hillrider
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm
Location: Ireland

by hillrider

A quick update,I now have 14 hrs invested in this paint stripping penance! I had 240 grit as my roughest abrasive,but gave up on that and purchased some 120 grit.The 120 still was'nt shifting the paint in the tricky area's,so I went to my local hardware store and got a "medium" grade sanding block.This is now removing the paint,so I now have light at the end of the sanding tunnel!! I reckon another 3 hrs and I "should" be finished!! I've learned a few things about stripping paint from carbon frames.,.....
1.The blade technique works well on easy to get to places,I reckon 20 Stanley blades will be used in total.
2.Using 120 grade wet and dry is'nt enough to remove hard to get at area's,get a medium sanding block.
3.Bare carbon is way more resistant to damage than I thought,some info on the web suggested starting with 480 grade wet and dry,using 480 would take weeks to remove paint,my medium sanding block is'nt scratching the carbon finish.
4.I thought I was flexible on my bike with my slammed stem,but hand stripping/sanding this frame proves otherwise,my fingers,wrists,elbow's,back,hips and knee's are all hurting from bending over/kneeling from the work envolved.
5.I've saved 80g in weight so far,this makes me happy,and gives me heart to keep sanding!!

Tomorrow Im off work,so its back to the paint strippingl!!

fdegrove
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Location: Belgium

by fdegrove

Hi,

5.I've saved 80g in weight so far,this makes me happy,and gives me heart to keep sanding!!


Don't forget the 2 kg you lost whilst sanding as well.... :mrgreen: :thumbup:

Ciao, ;)
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.

hillrider
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm
Location: Ireland

by hillrider

Long time since I posted on this topic,could'nt log in, what with the cookies issue,then had to dump Google Chrome etc.
Anyway,it took 34 hours in total to get to bare carbon.I then got a coat of gloss clearcoat sprayed on the frame.Weight with hanger and cable guide was 1015g,now it's 913g.Frame is a 56cm.

yosti
Posts: 88
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:36 am
Location: Denmark

by yosti

Hi All

Im about to buy a Scott Addict and wants to strip off the lacquer from the frame - NOW, how much Carbolift do i need to do this? 500ml or 1 gal ? :noidea:

/Rasmus Søgaard

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