metal polish for titanium

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metal polish for titanium

Postby gralegav » Mon Jun 18, 2007 15:08 pm

Hello,

can anyone recommend a good polish that works well on a 'raw' Ti frame? it would be good if also worked on the bits of steel and alloy on the bike, too!

Or should I just use good old beeswax?

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Postby Monty Dogcp » Mon Jun 18, 2007 18:55 pm

Autoglym metal polish

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Postby gralegav » Mon Jun 18, 2007 19:58 pm

cheers Monty

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Postby cougie » Mon Jun 18, 2007 20:41 pm

hmmm Tchibo do a stainless steel polish thats good round the kitchen - may have to test it on the wifes MTB !

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Postby 16simon » Mon Jun 18, 2007 21:55 pm

sorry to hijack your thread, but on this subject, does anyone know the bets way to get a painted ti frame back to bare metal? will sandblasting it work?

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Postby gralegav » Mon Jun 18, 2007 23:42 pm

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Depends what you're trying to do? I use WD40 on my Ti frame, which is bare metal. It gives it a nice but dull finish.
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Andy,

just really want to stop it getting covered in fingermarks all the time!

too much cleaning and not enough riding...

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Postby Monty Dogcp » Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:08 am

If you want to get a painted frame ti back to bare metal, messy way is with paint-stripper. Quick way is to take it to someone who does bead blasting of alloy car wheels - not as erosive as sand-blasting. Ti polishes up really nice as well if you fancy a few hours with some Scotchbrite and metal polish - one of my ti frames is polished and it looks very different to a non-polished finish. If it's not clear-coated, it does tend to show up the fingerprints though.

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Postby wayne182 » Sun Jun 24, 2007 09:58 am

baby oil - no, really!

doesn't dull the finish and helps keep fingermrks, waterstains etc at bay - doesn't need much just a bit on the cloth, and yes it does seem a bit wrong...

[this works on nice steel fridges as well]

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Postby MattBlackBigBoysBMX » Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:10 am

Sand blasting would be fine on a Ti or steel frame, it's only ally (or obviously carbon) that you should not sandblast.

Polishing Ti is a laborious task; look at ally or steel under a microscope and it's (relatively) like the Bonneville salt flats wheras Ti is like the Pyrenees.

Wheelies ARE cool.


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