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I recently had a can of bear spray explode on my matte grey carbon frame. It appears it has left an orange tinted stain. How can I get this out?
 

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have you made any removal attempts? Just wash off?

EDIT: Ha! I read beer, not bear... Orange dyed bear spray. I dunno on that.
 

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When I worked in shops, we'd sometimes get scuffs and stuff on matte carbon frames. Royal PITA, that matte carbon. esp white matte carbon.

We used Clean Streak on it (basically a residue-free degreaser that evaporates pretty clean) and it worked well. Dunno if it'll work on your particular issue or not.
 

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have you made any removal attempts? Just wash off?

EDIT: Ha! I read beer, not bear... Orange dyed bear spray. I dunno on that.
I washed it right afterwards, unfortunately it still left a stain. I was thinking about buffing it out, but I'm not sure what that will do to the integrity of the frame.
 

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Im gonna assume the clear coat absorbed the dye and you might be challenged to make that right. I wouldn't be too optimistic on buffing results.
 

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Give a car detailing clay bar and some soapy water a try. It will remove contaminants from clear coats.
 

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Denatured Alcohol/Rubbing alcohol or acetone should work fine. Just make sure to wash the bike right after if you use acetone.


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I'm dying to ask--did you encounter a bear? Or just a misfire? Or did it just explode on its own?

From a recommendation on mtbr.com, I've used Flitch polish to remove scratches and scuffs on my CF frame. Brings it back to as-new.
 

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have you made any removal attempts? Just wash off?

EDIT: Ha! I read beer, not bear... Orange dyed bear spray. I dunno on that.
If it was what you first thought it was, wouldn’t washing it off be sacrilegious? Maybe licking it off would be more to code.
 

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Denatured Alcohol/Rubbing alcohol or acetone should work fine. Just make sure to wash the bike right after if you use acetone.


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Pretty sure Acetone would eat right through the clear coat and or into the carbon itself.
 

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I would not have any issues with acetone and carbon, but I might be concerned about possible 'softening' of the clear coat. I would be more concerned with MEK on paint though.
 

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Acetone will damage the clearcoat. Start out with milder alternatives first such as automotive polish, compound, claybar. Any type of solvent will run the chance of damaging the paint/clearcoat.
 

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I'm betting that this dye has permeated the clear coat and nothing that removes surface contaminates will work.
 

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Calling the manufacturer of the bear spray may provide some information on how to remove it.
 

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MSDS will not necessarily state what it's made of but is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product.
 
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