removal of nail polish on a carbon frame
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    removal of nail polish on a carbon frame

    Interested in suggestions on how to remove nail polish on a carbon frame without causing any damage to the carbon. Any cleaners specifically made for this condition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hartley1 View Post
    Interested in suggestions on how to remove nail polish on a carbon frame without causing any damage to the carbon. Any cleaners specifically made for this condition?
    I would leave the nail polish where it is... Why bother removing a purely cosmetic concern with a potentially physical repercussion?
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    Use NAIL POLISH REMOVER.

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    I wish to remove it and reapply it because it is uneven and lumpy.

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    Acetone/Nail Polish Remover.

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    if really bothers you that much... lightly sand with very fine wet/dry sandpaper until the you get the desired look/feel you want and reapply clear coat, problem solved!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROAD&DIRT View Post
    if really bothers you that much... lightly sand with very fine wet/dry sandpaper until the you get the desired look/feel you want and reapply clear coat, problem solved!
    That's what I was going to suggest. And if you have a very light touch with the sanding, you might even be able to avoid the final clearcoat step, if you can get acceptable gloss with rubbing/polishing compound. That would negate the risk of making lumps all over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finx View Post
    Acetone/Nail Polish Remover.
    I would not do this. It may dissolve more than the nail polish.

    Personally, I would leave it alone and ride the bike.
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    It's called "beausage", also known as honest wear from using the bike as it's intended. Just ride and enjoy the bike.
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    In thinking about this question, I have to ask, how did you get nail polish on your frame? I can see lipstick on your collar... What was going on with the polishing of nails on the bike? Eating you lunch on the bike is a skill, polishing your nails on your last century? That’s epic!
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    Nail polish is often used as touch-up paint. Modern frames that are painted or clear coated should also have a modern urethane paint that is not affected by acetone. The base material of carbon fiber and epoxy resin is also unaffected by acetone. Acetone will remove nail polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter P. View Post
    Use NAIL POLISH REMOVER.
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    An update on my answer to use nail polish remover.

    While nail polish remover CONTAINS acetone, it is in a specific concentration. Look at the labels while perusing the nail polish remover and you'll find nail polish remover that's PURE acetone, REGULAR, EXTRA-STRENGTH, and ACETONE-FREE.

    Buy the regular. I recently used pure acetone to remove some stubborn paint from a piece of plastic, and it started to remove the plastic as well. I'd previously used nail polish remover and didn't have a problem so I figured using the read deal wouldn't be a problem. I was wrong.

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