There is something about Bare Carbon that everyone just loves. Usually when someone has the idea of striping their carbon bike they expect to see a traditional carbon weave and are disappointed if they find it to be uni-directional which can be the case for most higher end carbon frames you see today. But uni-directional carbon can still look great. Check out the BMC below for an example of a stripped and cleared uni-directional Carbon Frame.
This Calfee Carbon Frame has also been stripped of paint, prepped and clear coated ready for new decals.
The biggest issue with stripping carbon is the time it takes to complete. In most cases the paint must be carefully sanded off by hand which can take several hours. A good way to keep things a little more economical but still get the carbon look is to only select certain key areas like the Pinarello below.
Another request we receive quite often is to strip the paint from a frame to save weight. This can certainly be done however, each layer of paint on your frame will weigh no more than about 50 grams so depending on how many layers of paint on a frame the weight difference would be minimal at best.
To give an idea about how much the paint weighs let's assume 1L of paint equals 1Kg (it is actually most likely lighter than this in most cases but its best to keep things simple). When we paint your frame we use about 200 ml of colour but most of that goes into our Spray Booth Filters as overspray. The round tubes you find on bicycle frames are quite inefficient to spray so transfer efficiency will be less than 50%. This brings us down to approx 100 grams. The solid content of the paint can vary from about 20% - 45% depending on what it is, the rest is mostly solvent and is also lost. So this brings us down to well under 50 grams. In short, if we do a before and after weighing of a multi colour/layered frame the average add is approx 80 grams total. Not exactly a significant weight saving, unless you are in contention for Le Tour De France perhaps!