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The paint was in poor shape and so I had decided some time ago to strip it back and I only recently started that process. Here is what I’ve got.
The carbon is kind of weird. Rather than smooth, it has a fine weave texture similar to linen. This leads me to think that sanding isn’t going to be an option b/c I’ll start eating into the fibres before I have removed all the paint. If I can’t get all the paint off with stripper, I’ll be stuck.
Anyways, I’m actually thinking of leaving it somewhat as it appears in the photos. Kind of like a distressed piece of furniture.
Always love people who try to remove the paint off old CF frames. The results are awesome every time IMHO. No sure what the stuff is beneath the paint and the CF, but as far as I can tell it is not carbon, so you should be safe when you remove it by sanding.
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Tat would be a nice aesthetics change from what we are used to see. Lots of "post modernism" influences in there...just add some protection on it.
I suggest you change the title for : "- Look at the custom work Dario Pegoretti did on my Trek frame!!!" .
Making it look really used and abused, but retaining the potential to go surprisingly fast.
But the rest of the bike was beter, for these part i just wet sand it, and you are going to see these fine weave texture disaper and you will slowly see a nice UD carbon finish.
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Also, move your topic over to the Road forum where there are a number of people who have done what you are doing.
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If I understand correctly, the weave is just an imprint in the surface and can be sanded smooth without damaging the frame?
My OCD nature got the better of me on the weekend and I've stripped off more paint and primer/filler. (I can't stop!)
As someone said, it is scraping off fairly easily. I'm still not really sure what I'm going to do with it.
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