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I'm stripping down my frame to have it media blasted (going raw/scotch brited). Anyway, I am going to pull all the bearings and such before having this done, but I had a question about the headset. I removed the headset bearings and I am looking at the black internal cups that remain...are these removable? Do I need to remove them before having it blasted (they appear to be anodized)? I've read most of the threads about this, anymore useful tips before I get started?
 

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Thanks! I'll pull those today and then off to the "stripper" on monday....I'm having it "soda" blasted, anyone try this? Bead blasting made me nervous, and the chemical stripping quote I got seemed over the top. .
 

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Never heard of soda blasting......
You could also grab a tin of Jasco paint stripper, a respirator, and a plastic brush and just DIY. It took me about half a day to get mine all stripped and shined up. It was well worth it. You don't need to remove the bearings or head cups that way either. Just mask everything off carefully and you're good to go.
 

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I think you're going to need to do something a bit different than just raw as DirtDiggler and that other guy who's bike you sent me have already played that out.

The raw to tennisball yellow fade is a good idea. I think that since it's 9 degrees and snowy outside and there's plenty of time. It wouldn't take much effort to draw up a couple flame masks and do a steel blue under some subtle gray flames off the headtube. Kind of a quassi Santa Cruz Syndicate tri-color scheme. Plus with most companies going all '80's with their 2010 lineup I think the flame thing would fit right in.

Flame to raw to tennis ball yellow. That way you'll still be able to see all 200ft of welding on the seat tube :rolleyes: .

Plus, since I want to do the same sometime in the future it would be nice to experiment on your bike :thumbsup: .
 

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DirtDiggler said:
Never heard of soda blasting......
You could also grab a tin of Jasco paint stripper, a respirator, and a plastic brush and just DIY. It took me about half a day to get mine all stripped and shined up. It was well worth it. You don't need to remove the bearings or head cups that way either. Just mask everything off carefully and you're good to go.
That's cool! - clear coat or anything?
 

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That's cool! - clear coat or anything?
Thanks man - Yeah, I just polished it with steel wool and used metal polish to finish it off. It's been a while now in the raw, and I have no signs of corrosion. All I do is hit it up with the polish once in a while to keep it pretty.
 

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DirtDiggler said:
Never heard of soda blasting......
You could also grab a tin of Jasco paint stripper, a respirator, and a plastic brush and just DIY. It took me about half a day to get mine all stripped and shined up. It was well worth it. You don't need to remove the bearings or head cups that way either. Just mask everything off carefully and you're good to go.
That looks killer! I like the red ano links. I decided to forgo the DIY (this is a radical departure for me), and have it soda blasted. Got the frame back yesterday and there isn't a speck of paint left on it.....so no complaints here. I am actually going to put a little paint on it haven't completely decided what yet. NO FLAMES!
 

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Hey Mr. Welcorn,

Hows the frame going? I would to see some pics of how it turned out.

I'm starting to get bored with my bare aluminum frame, and might PC it white this spring. But then again that's time away from riding, so it might have to stay the way it is for now...
 

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DirtDiggler said:
Hey Mr. Welcorn,

Hows the frame going? I would to see some pics of how it turned out.

I'm starting to get bored with my bare aluminum frame, and might PC it white this spring. But then again that's time away from riding, so it might have to stay the way it is for now...
DD,
Frame is finished for the most part, I ended up getting the frame soda blasted, and it seemed to do the trick, Gave the frame a sort of satin aluminum finish.
I then proceeded to attempt my own ghetto paint job. I didn't see the point in dropping $ on a professional paintjob, when I could just buy a new frameset online for 500 bucks?! Anyway, my logic was that paint on my bikes seems to get torn up, so at least if I rattlecan it, I'll have the touchup paint close at hand.
The paint is pretty sensitive in some spots (maybe poor bonding, due to cold weather??), and will likely fall off if the wind blows too hard. Oh well either way it looks better than that army green business with the weird mural on the downtube. I'll post pics later tonight, I ended up going with tennis ball yellow for the rear triangle, faded to bright white, faded to raw up front. I changed a few other things around during the rebuild to drop a little weight :thumbsup:
 

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Mr. Welcorn,


It sounds really cool! Nothing wrong with spray paint if done right. I used automotive spray paint on my red links and clear coated them for protection. It's honestly stronger than some powder coat jobs I have seen. Also, if you use a good quailty metal primer the paint will stay on very well without flaking off.
 

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mr. welcorn said:
DD,
Frame is finished for the most part, I ended up getting the frame soda blasted, and it seemed to do the trick, Gave the frame a sort of satin aluminum finish.
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I then proceeded to attempt my own ghetto paint job. I didn't see the point in dropping $ on a professional paintjob, when I could just buy a new frameset online for 500 bucks?! Anyway, my logic was that paint on my bikes seems to get torn up, so at least if I rattlecan it, I'll have the touchup paint close at hand.
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The paint is pretty sensitive in some spots and will likely fall off if the wind blows too hard. QUOTE]

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(maybe poor bonding, due to cold weather??)
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Oh well either way it looks better than that army green business with the weird mural on the downtube.
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I'll post pics later tonight,
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I ended up going with tennis ball yellow for the rear triangle, faded to bright white, faded to raw up front.
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I changed a few other things around during the rebuild
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to drop a little weight
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:thumbsup:
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