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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:49 pm 
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After seeing all the post about polishing frames, I thought I'd give it a go too. After years of abuse my beloved Zaskar was looking very dull & tattered, what with her frame dings,scratches & chain suck. I got some frame decals quite a while ago which have just been sat there, didn't manage to get a complete set though, missing "T6 6061" seat tube decal & the "handmade in the USA" decal for the chain stay, they seem unobtainable, if anyone has any........

I got some wet n dry, grades 800 to 3000 & got started. I worked all the way through the various grits. It took about 5 hours to complete the process, a very dirty Job & to be honest, a b*llache.

Next phase was the actual polishing. To do this I read that people had used "scotch pads",so I purchased some from ebay & a couple of days later they arrived, I attached them to my drill, put some brasso type stuff I had lying around on them & off I went.
After about 2 hours of repeating this process I realised this wasn't the finish I was looking for, although the frame was obviously polished it was dull looking & not the high sheen, mirror finish I was expecting. To tell the truth I don't rate the 'scotch pads' for polishing, each to their own I suppose.
I shot off to Toolstation & got a cheap polishing kit, 3 sizes of sewn cotton mops & two bars of 'polish' 1 green & 1 red/brown.This faired no better & after a further hour using the bar polish & the 'Brasso' I started to get a bit despondent thinking that I'd ruined my beloved Zaskar.

I left the frame for a few days & whilst out driving I got the bright Idea to get some Autosol !!!!The mops on the drill with the autosol did the job!! Wow, what a difference, out came that elusive shine!! With the required mirror finish acquired it was time to put the decals on.

I did take some photos's of the whole process, my camera decided that it wouldn't operate until I formatted the flash card, thus losing all images.I did manage to capture some post polishing, decal application action though.

I'll post pics later.Sorry for the low res images ...Having probs uploading.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:12 pm 
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always keen to see more zaskars. have a bad addiction :)


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Looking forward to seeing the photos. That autosol is a miracle worker.


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I've always used this stuff:
http://www.simichrome-polish.com/

Is Autosol better?


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:57 am 
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QuikNZ wrote:
Looking forward to seeing the photos. That autosol is a miracle worker.


Your not wrong QuikNZ ! As soon as the polish started to come off the frame you could see the difference.Great stuff . :D


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Zas-Kar wrote:
I've always used this stuff:
http://www.simichrome-polish.com/

Is Autosol better?


I don't know Zas-Kar, I've never used it ! Just done a quick search £13.95 posted !!! If its used in engineering processes I imagine it would give a better finish than Autosol.Will bear it in mind for any future projects though.
8) Does anyone else use it ?


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I've always sworn by Brillo soap pads for polishing bare alloy, probably the same as 2000 grit wet/dry paper and the soap in the pad polishes at the same time, cheap too.

this Orange E3 was done just using a soap pad, no polish.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 9:06 am 
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Brillo Soap pads !!!I dont even use them on me pots & pans !!Just wondering how coarse the threads are on the Brillo's . I've used steel wool to prepare Timber for painting , never thought it'd work on Ally, Thought it'd be too coarse ,even the finest grade wool. Nice finish though.


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lovely! looks like a very cool component group you have there!


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 2:29 pm 
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merckx wrote:
lovely! looks like a very cool component group you have there!


Cheers Merckx, Just love the way she shines in the sun ! What little of it we get here. :roll:


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