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· Pluto
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I have a medium sized Litespeed "Icon" Ti bike which has a clear coat over the brushed Ti and painted area. My top tube has some scratches in the paint and so I am thinking of stripping the clear coat as well as the paint (and the large Litespeed labels). I did email Litespeed but they just game me a range estimate on the weight savings if removed of 100 -200 grams but I had to ask twice and so I question even the range.

If anyone has information on weight savings or input on how best to strip or problems with stripping clear coat and or paint then please advise. Note that I do like the idea of a basic look and so I would be doing this for both weight savings and cosmetics. I love the bike by the way.
 

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Aircraft remover. Comes in a square can at you local auto parts store. will burn you skin, eat any thing non-metal, but that paint will come off fast.

Use thick rubber gloves, dont get it on your skin, if you do, rinse with lots of water. That weight estimate is correct. I stripped a mtn. frame and lots a quarter pound. You should get ~100g or a little less.
 

· Pluto
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Stripped my Ti Litespeed Icon, the weight savings is....

22 grams. Far less than I thought. However, I love the look. Note that the Icon had very little paint. It was clear coated and of course had their signature large labels.
 

· Satanic Watch Winder
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Looks nice, but for 22 grams you played with this.

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· Pluto
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It was professionally stripped by a paint company that I do business with. I thought about doing it myself but did not want to bother with the labor to do so and the concern for my health. The paint was nicked as well as the clear coat and so it really needed something to be done. I really like the bikes look, more so then when it was first purchased. I always liked this bike but felt it didn't really have a soul until now. My previous bike was a steel Serotta painted red which had was a beautiful bike.
 

· Satanic Watch Winder
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Good move to job the stripping out. I've seen that stuff really mess someone up. Your bike looks super.
 
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