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How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby Redmachine » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:31 pm

The paint design on my hardshell harness has become cracked and I just want to get rid of it.

What chemicals can I use to remove the paint that wont dissolve the hardshell itself?

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby Rob112 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:21 pm

No expert, but I'd sand off, smooth and respray.

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby POACHER » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:19 am

Just wrap it.

Get some 3m 1080 vinyl. It's super easy to do.

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby Redmachine » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:07 am

Rob112 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:21 pm
No expert, but I'd sand off, smooth and respray.
Has a nice carbon finish under so dont want to sand or use a knife to scrape it off.

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby OzBungy » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:45 am

I have the same harness. It took 2 warranty claims before I got one where the paint wasn't cracked. Considering the cost of the harness I wasn't going to accept a damaged product straight out of the shop.

It's now very cracked.

I would suggest you forget about it. The paint goes under the rubber edge that is sewn into the carbon. You won't be able to get under there to remove the paint. Anything you do is going to damage the underlying structure.

It's a fantastic harness. I will gladly buy another when this one dies. I just decided to think of the paint cracks as battle scars or tribal tattoos on a seasoned warrior. I feel properly armed for battle when I walk down the beach wearing my paint cracked harness cinched around my powerful torso, board under my arm, kite held in the breeze by my muscular arm, women shyly glancing at my toned physique. :wink:

PS If you carefully wet sand it you'll get rid of the paint. You can then polish it, or paint it with epoxy clear coat. Be careful. There is a great risk of sanding through the epoxy into the carbon. That would be a disaster on a structural carbon component. Probably just ugly on a harness shell.

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby zlatko23 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:17 am

Just curious - which brand/model/year are the above mentioned harnesses? Judging by OzBungy comment above it is relatively common (cosmetic)problem and would be good if potential buyers have that in mind.

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Re: How to remove hardshell harness paint?

Postby Rob112 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:37 pm

Redmachine wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:07 am
Rob112 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:21 pm
No expert, but I'd sand off, smooth and respray.
Has a nice carbon finish under so don't want to sand or use a knife to scrape it off.
Big difference between sanding and scraping with a knife, but appreciate you don't want to take the risk. I wouldn't take the risk trying to remove with chemicals either though.


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