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Old 06-03-07, 06:37 AM
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Helkp with Removing spray paint specks from frame

Just picked up an older Fuji at a garage sale and it looks as if they spray painted something up wind from the bike at some point in it's past. It's covered in small white specks of spray paint. It Comes off with a little WD40 and steel wool, but's it's very tedious. Is there a better way to remove this stuff without damaging the original paint.
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Old 06-03-07, 07:19 AM
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Old 06-03-07, 07:39 AM
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Go to any auto parts store and look for a clay bar. It's a glob of clay you use with a auto detail spray. It will remove the overspray easily. DON'T USE STEEL WOOL ON PAINT!! Unless you want to remove it that is, hehe,,,,BD
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I use Goof Off Graffiti remover. Worked great on my vintage Raleigh Superbe which had both house paint and some type of sprayed enamel on it. Didn't affect the decals or paint at all. YMMV! recommend testing it on the underside of the BB.

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Originally Posted by Bikedued
Go to any auto parts store and look for a clay bar. It's a glob of clay you use with a auto detail spray. It will remove the overspray easily. DON'T USE STEEL WOOL ON PAINT!! Unless you want to remove it that is, hehe,,,,BD
Or fine cut rubbing compound. 3M perfect-it II is great!
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Couldn't hurt to test and see if it isn't a latex-based paint.....

This works to determine if the paint on your house is latex or oil based, too. Just test rub an inconspicuous place with rubbing alcohol. If it is latex it will soften and come off. If it is oil based nothing will happen.

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Rubbing alcohol was a no go so it must be oil based. Where do you find the Goof Off?

It's a Fuji Gran Tourer SE. I'm guessing it's nothing special by the suicide levers and stem shifters but it does have a CroMo frame (441?) and nice SunTour components (Compe V) so should make a good beater or a flip.
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Found some polishing command/swirl remover in the garage, seems to be doing the trick withoput damaging the paint. Thanks for the help.
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I've had pretty good luck with a little acetone on a rag.
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I've had pretty good luck with a little acetone on a rag.
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Agree. Try some solvents on a rag first. Even the finest steel wool is probably not good. Try paint thinner, brake cleaner (test first).
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CLAY. BAR. It willl take ANYTHING off of paint without so much as a scratch. Solvents, steel wool, acetone?? Why not scrape it off with a rusty razor blade, lol,,,,BD
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Sorry to revive such an old thread, but a google search brought this up (and it's specific to what I wanted to ask about). I thought there might be some updated thoughts/opinions on the subject amongst the experienced members here.

So, I recently bought a vintage Mercier, and it's in pretty amazing condition for its age (I am estimating that it dates to around 1970-71). I'll probably post a thread about it when I establish my profile with more posts (which is also why I can't post photos yet). Anyway, aside from the kind of minor wear you'd expect on a bike this old, it looks like it's spent most of its life inside a garage. It's all original (except for new tires), almost exactly the bike I was looking for (long story), and I love it. The problem is, at some point in time somebody accidentally hit parts of the upper seat stays, rear brake, and seat with some white spray paint. Not too densely, but enough to be very noticeable from up close against the green paint of the frame. I've already removed most of what was on the vinyl seat using a damp cloth and a lot of persistence, but after some similar attempts on the frame, the same conservative approach is not going to be practical.

From reading this topic, I'm thinking that a clay bar might be a good option, but I was hoping to get more opinions on that. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-19, 03:52 PM
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I've never used a clay bar, btw, but we've had one of our cars detailed with them (sycamore sap). Just looking for success stories from folks who have dealt with spray paint fleck removal...
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Clay bar will work and is the safest approach, but Lacquer thinner also removes various rattle can enamels quickly. Use a light touch though, as it can soften/remove some original paint given enough time. Just removes the spray can paint faster.
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