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Guys, I have a carbon fork I want to strip the paint off of. What have you guys that have been stripping frames using ?
 

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You're in risky territory with any chemical stripper on a carbon fork, as it's going to be hard to know what effect it may have on the resin that holds the fibers together. You're likely going to have to sand the colour coat off.
 

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Yes, I know the issues at hand. Thats why I'm asking here before I use something from home depot that melts the whole fork. There are several guys on here who have stripped entire scott frames. I'd like to know what THEY used.
 

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Good Old sandpaper and LOTS of patience and elbow grease. After I get bored with my A9c I'm going to sand down my frame and fork just to be different but since this is the WW forum I'm also doing it to lose some weight. ;)
 

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Interesting. I also read on a car forum that any stripper safe for fiberglass will also be safe on carbon composites. The downside is that the stuff is very mild and usually takes forever to work. This stuff may be a re-packaged marine stripper.

What I'm doing is this. I bought a carbon road frame on ebay. I'm using the fork from my present frame but it is painted white. I just want to make it bare carbon. I'll sand it if I have to.
 

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I believe they are right at the car forum. I've used paint stripper on car parts and it acts much faster than carbolift. You could do a test with some old carbon part and car paint stripper and see if it damages the carbon fibre.
 

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Careful with color strippers! If they are meant to be used on steel or Al parts, they might interact with the resin and eat it as well.
But there's a thread in the tooltime forum and Carbolift seems to be the right way to go.
 

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Just use sand paper. I have stripped several carbon parts. Test the part with some 800-1000 grit paper. That should be enough to remove...if not, step down do 600. Once you are done with the 800-600 grit, move up to 1000-1500 grit to remove the fine scratches.
It's not hard to do and much safer than using chemicals.
 

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If you're using sandpaper, you'll need something closer to 320-grit to remove the lettering on a Trigon fork, even using a D/A sander. The sanding sponge did the most work without leaving coarse scratches.
 

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i used sand paper with soapy water for a Scalpel carbon frame

now on a road bike Scott addict frame , i am using Carbo Lift
 

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