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Old 06-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Hey MH,

Got a new bike. Found a pretty good deal on a 03 SV1000 im gonna try and go for the street fighter look with. Small problem the previous owner spray painted the bike and did a horrible job at. Not only is the paint awful but he didn't take the fairings to do the job. So there's paint on various things such as hoses, frame, and other stuff. So i was wondering what i could use to remove the paint from everything but will be safe for ALL the pieces of the bike affected.

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Start with alcohol (on a rag not in a bottle) lol
Some spray paint will dissolve with alcohol but it won't be as fast as acetone.

If that doesn't work Lightly dampen a rag with acetone. Careful it will damage fairings.

Bottom line is you are going to have to repaint anyway so, take it to somebody that knows how to paint and let them deal with it. Sure, it will cost an arm and a leg but you want it to look nice, right?
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Start with alcohol (on a rag not in a bottle) lol
Some spray paint will dissolve with alcohol but it won't be as fast as acetone.

If that doesn't work Lightly dampen a rag with acetone. Careful it will damage fairings.

Bottom line is you are going to have to repaint anyway so, take it to somebody that knows how to paint and let them deal with it. Sure, it will cost an arm and a leg but you want it to look nice, right?
+1 on taking it to someone. I have used acetone before it eats everything, so if you try to do it yourself be carful. I also think if acetone gets on rubber(ie hoses) it can damage those to.
Also pic of said new bike
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:00 PM   #4
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What he ^ said.
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Or take off 500-more bc of a crappy overspraint job
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If its really crappy?....try power washing as much as you can. some might just come off.....good luck
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:58 AM   #7
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I have had some success removing spray paint with carb cleaner - "Gumout" try it on a small area first.
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Maybe Easy Off Oven Cleaner - its lye based not petroleum - keep it off aluminum , I think plastic can tolerate it for at least for a limited time time - again try a small spot first.
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Thanks guys. I'm about to take the fairings off and I have a friend that's gonna do the painting for that.
I'm just worried about messing up hoses and other parts using paint thiner or anything like that.
And I'm not sure how to post pics on a thread or I would show yall
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #11
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It's really only on one big tube that's noticeable and I can just replace it. I think it's to the radiator..
What do you guys think about sanding the paint off of metal part with a fine sand paper. I mean the paint will come off before I damage anything right?
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It's really only on one big tube that's noticeable and I can just replace it. I think it's to the radiator..
What do you guys think about sanding the paint off of metal part with a fine sand paper. I mean the paint will come off before I damage anything right?
The paint will come off before you damage the metal underneath but there is no way you can sand off the overspray without damaging the original paint.
Try some alcohol. Not the stuff from the drugstore but isopropyl from home depot or Lowes. It is a higher percentage of alcohol.
The drugstore stuff is diluted with water and oils.
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