Early Thursday Tech Tip: How to strip your bike’s paint

I currently ride the Woodstock 707. It’s been a great bike, but I wanted a little change with the scenery. Actually I wanted a dramatic change. So the best way to mix things up with a bike other than spending tons of cash for new parts is to paint it. But I’m not really going to paint it. I just want to achieve a brushed aluminum look on the frame.

First thing you need to do is remove all the parts from the bike. I am only stripping the frame portion of the bike. I’m leaving the rear triangle the original color, its to add some character to the project.

Try to remove all of the suspension bearings. If you can’t, just cover them up with some tape like I did.

I then weighed the frame to see how much paint comes off the darn thing. It’s right around 4.5 pounds.

I picked up this foaming paint stripper from Walmart for about $5.

I sprayed the frame, I ended up using the whole can because I treated it twice. The OEM paint was really thick.

I waited about 15-20 minutes for the foam to do its stuff. Then I started to wipe off the paint.This is after the first treatment…gnarly eh?

After cleaning up the frame, I wanted to see how shinny I could get it by using a brush attached to my power drill. I still have a few spots to treat. But once its all cleaned up, the bike will be assembled.

I’m debating if I should paint the frame. If so I wanted either a flat military green, baby blue, pink or a gun metal gray…what do you think?

By the way, I ended taking off 1 whole pound of paint from the frame. Now it weighs 3.5lbs.

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RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of MtnBikeRiders.com and BikeCommuters.com. Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).