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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:00 pm 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Gold Trader
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hey all

What are folk Using to polish there titanium frames? i was going to beed blast but maybe ill try polishing it first.

ive tryed scotchbrite but that made it dull?

what ya usuing folks?

Doug :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:32 pm 
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I used Autosol on mine - worked a treat. - goes dull at first them you buff it off.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:41 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:38 pm 
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Depends on the original finish. Most were beed blasted so a gentle scrub with scotchbrite in a circular motion with lemon juice works well. If there are areas of wear (ie cable rub) the only way is to bead blast it again. Some frames were left with a brushed finish- so again use the scotchbrite but follow the grain. Ti is supposed to be a dull finish, don't try and get it shining too much.

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Scotchbrite pad for a quick tidy up, autosol to make it dazzle


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:23 pm 
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It's important that you understand that Xizangs were polished to a mirror finish, any kind of abrasive (like scotchbrite, steel wool) is going to dull that surface, not improve it. I found Mother's (or Autosol if you're in the UK), soft rags and lots of elbow grease is the only way to restore the factory finish.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Take it to a proper metal polisher and he'll make it like a mirror for not too much money.
Professional job, with far less hassle and time.

See below for a job I did recently. Compare it with the NOS frame in the background.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:19 pm 
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+1 for Scotchbrite on brushed finished frames


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:18 am 
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How much does it run from a pro?

Is it me, or do the welds look sloppy! :lol:


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