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The victim - 08 stumpjumper expert in "I can't stand it anymore" teal


This is a serious pain in the ass. The paint stripper I bought at home depot is having a hard time with specialized's multi layer paint job. There is 4 layers in alot of areas and there also may be primer. Clear - decals - black - teal. Maybe I should have held out and found some of that "marine stripper" I heard about in another thread.


After 8 months of riding without a full teardown most of my pivot bearings are doing well... except these unfortunate buggers. One of them was frozen solid and the other was very crunchy. Inside the seals was a mixture of rust and dirt. I don't ever hose my bike off so this was just from occaisional trail water getting in there. Its unavoidable so my guess is that these either need to be cleaned and repacked constantly or just replace them every 6 months. I was going to get stainless replacements but at $26 each vs. $4.75 each for the standard ones I opted to buy a half dozen standard ones.


Its going to end up polished to a medicore standard, I'm not going for a mirror shine job. I have a decal kit for a hardrock that I got on ebay. I'm just going to use the main downtube logos and the "s" for the headtube. They are black with a white outline so it should look cool.

Most pics next week when I finish up.
 

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Those bearings go bad from sweat dripping on them as well.

the $4.75 bearings will last longer if you remove the seals, pack them full of high quality waterproof grease, and replace the seals. I am using that Synthetic Green grease and it seems to do well.
 

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PB Matrix said:
the $4.75 bearings will last longer if you remove the seals, pack them full of high quality waterproof grease, and replace the seals. I am using that Synthetic Green grease and it seems to do well.
Yep, thats the plan. The new bearings as well as the ones that are still good are all getting re-packed.

Today's progress. Got all of the welds and tight areas cleaned up with a wire brush on a dremel. Only need to do the lions share of the finish sanding and polishing and it will be done.
 

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Just hit it with a scotchbrite pad and WD40. I did that to my V10 DH bike and it was awesome. Check out Transition Bikes. They run alot of their frames like this. It looks great. I personally wouldn't polish a MTB, what;s the point? It's a MTB, it's not going to stay nice and shiney and who wants to be consatntly polishing to keep it pretty? That's just my opinion though. Either way it will look great:thumbsup:
 

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I'm cracking up that some people on here are offended that I stripped the paint off of my bike... I guess I shouldn't show off my 911 with the small block chevy engine conversion, I might get death threats. (just kidding, I would never do that to a 911). See, this whole fetish I have for bare aluminum goes back to 1985 or so when my best friend got a polished PK ripper for christmas - the little dark crevises of the welds contrasting with the polished tubes, pure metal lust. My redline just couldn't even compare. Then, when I was in college and those Manitou frames were on the market... oh man, I was ready to rob a bank to get one. But instead I stripped and polished my Rockhopper. So, I hope you understand... I have a thing for this. Raw steel is even cooler in my book - I dig the heat discoloration around the welds. One of my wish list bikes is an Indy Fab steel deluxe with only a clear coat on it.

I hated this color from day one, but with the deal I got it could have been pink and I still would have bought it. The super duper extra bonus is that the frame should be an ounce or two lighter (I'm a jr. weight weenie - I stop short of carbon seats with no padding).

I'm just going to scotchbrite it and do a quick coat of rattle can clear, no mirror polishing. There are some pressure marks on some of the tubes from the hydroforming that just aren't going to polish out unless I do alot of sanding. I don't want to remove metal so I feel its best not to take it too far. Those marks were covered with a thick yellowish primer that was not present on the entire frame - so apparantly they do some minor body work on the frames before they are painted.

I wanted these old school style decals but they are nowhere to be found and I didn't want to spend the money to have them made.


So I got these instead - still black with white outline but in the more recent typeface. I'm only using the 2 downtube stickers and the 3 "S" ones.
 

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I personally don't care what someone does to their bike. Throw it off a building if you like:D
Anyway, My vote is to not polish it. it loses all its character when polished. You may or may not have polished things already but let me tell you, it makes a complete mess and is a sh&t job. Plus you look like a pansy showing up with a polished mountain bike:D (kidding)

As you can tell, I love Raw bikes!
 
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