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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:53 am 
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A bit modern for this forum, but this is a dilemma. Should I polish my 2004 Alu. Prince SL frame?, never seen it done before and I think it would look nice. I stripped it for paint and man was there paint, the former owner had it powder coated over the original paint, so there was two coats of paint + primer/filler. before the frame weight was 1680g now it´s 1200g. Would it be sacrilegious you think?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:33 pm 
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With the original finish gone anything is fair game. Although was the filler providing some function?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:38 pm 
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I do not think so, other than hiding the welds. Autosol is bought, so I seem to have made up my mind.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Go for it! if you've already stripped it down to the bare metal then you've nothing to lose. In the worst case it doesn't work well or you don't like it, if that happens you can get it painted again so what's to lose? and post some pics!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:14 pm 
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Hey Foz. You are right, it can always be painted again but I just did a test polish of a part of the top tube, and it´s gonna look awesome! Just need to do some work on the welds, they are a bit bulky and full of filler.


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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:23 am 
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HI Flemming,

My opinion - find a sand blaster who is convenient to you and then do what you want. If it goes wrong visit the sandblaster. My friend and i discussed this today regarding me trying to paint a frame. Paint costs around £30 and sandblasting around £15. Local car sprayer costs £100 so i can afford to mess up a few times before i have to consider a pro paint job.

Also, as mentioned above, get some pics up,

Richard


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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:29 am 
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On a similar thread here a while back someone noted that aluminum frames should not be bead blasted because the tube walls are too thin and could be damaged. Is sand blasting more gentle? Besides I thin the paint is already off of the frame and now the issue is the polish


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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:36 am 
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Paint is almost of the frame, still need attention at the welds. Bead blasting on aluminium is usually done with glass fragments, but it creates heat and can distort the subject being blasted. The tubes on this frame are as thin as two layers of tin foil ;-) so I´m doing things by hand. As pics. goes, I´ll get some up as soon as I get the rest of the paint off.


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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:56 pm 
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so you get some idea of what I´m doing to the frame, here´s a before pic.

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Not really a nice color.


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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:11 pm 
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Flemming,

I totally agree with your opinion of the colour.

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