Painting a carbon fork
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    Painting a carbon fork

    I am building up another bike and want to transfer my carbon fork (which doesn't match at all) to the new frame. I want to paint it first.
    Do you just use a high grid sand paper then spray paint it?

    Thanks.

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    That's what I'd do. I'd be a little careful not to sand through the clear coat. I'd just want to "rough it up" so that the primer & color coat would bond to it.
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    Use wet and dry paper, about 320 grit or finer. Make sure you clean everything before you spray..use a dust free rag with lots of the appropriate thinner after washing off fork with clean water. You can also use a fine Scotch-bright..available at hardware stores. Again, get everything absolutely clean before you spray.
    It is pretty easy if you are meticulous in your preparation before the spray

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    Thanks for the advice, I will give it a try. One last question - does it matter what type of paint I use?

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    You should be fine as long as you don't sand down to the carbon, a good scuff with a scuff pad should do fine. I would recommend any enamel paint. Good luck.

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    I would not use something like Krylon! I could be totally off base with this comment, but I would look at maybe seeking a bike frame painters expertise if the fork warrants that expense, or at least their opinion of what paint to use. JMO. Good luck!

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    Paint Choice

    Did you ever paint your fork?

    How did it turn out?

    I was wondering if you used laquer (which would probably require a spray gun) or enamel?

    And by the way, why not Krylon? I used to paint cars and when used by someone with "the touch" a paint job done with a spray can can be flawlwss.

    RayGun

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    yes I painted my carbon fork,and it turned out great. I used a polyurethane enamel from PPG. i don't even know where you would buy lacquer anymore. i wouldn't waste my time with any rattle can. if you used to paint cars it should be no problem.

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