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    Painting a fork

    Do I risk damaging the fork by sanding the paint down so it can be painted?

    I am able to get a good deal on a brand new fork for my bike off ebay, just the color does not match. I would just be painting it a solid black. I would be worried about damaging it whiling prepping it to be painted.

    Any concerns or suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheepherder View Post
    Do I risk damaging the fork by sanding the paint down so it can be painted?
    If you do it wrong maybe.
    If you do it right, no.

    Lightly sand (by hand) enough to remove the gloss coat. Then paint.
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    First question. What's the fork material?

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    Google and You tube is your friend. There are many sources out there that show you how properly sand and paint stuff like this. Unless anyone here does this kind of work, they can't help you and would only be guessing. There are resources out there because I've searched in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    First question. What's the fork material?
    Carbon

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    Sand with very fine wet/dry sand paper while using a spray bottle of water, use a light touch while sanding... just enough the dull out the current paint/finish but enough so the new paint as something to hold on too.

    After applying the first coat, re-sand very lightly again with the wet/dry paper and water, apply another coat and repeat until you have the desired finish your looking for... the same principal goes for the clear coating... spray/wet sand/spray/wet sand/spray etc.
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