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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:03 pm 
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An update on project 'elite' :D
(..... as previewed on christiankay's thread!)

Still polishing the frame and forks..... on the 2nd tube of Autosol now!

The original components have polished up well and I've sourced the parts needed to make up the XT groupset. Need to build up the wheelset next. Still someway from completion but I've finally got the graphic proof sorted. A big thanks to Andy.W 8)

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That's looking gorgeous 8) , i'd go with the Orange alloy fork if it were mine.

I've got to join the rest in saying,

£30 !!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:28 pm 
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you haven't got a spare proof of those decals by any chance?...

i am doing my own aluminium elite..could do with a set..

also what technique did you use to bring back the lustre to your frame?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:46 pm 
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hurin76 wrote:
you haven't got a spare proof of those decals by any chance?


Hi. The proof of these 'elite' graphics is still in digital form at the moment. I'm still doing the Alistalk, stalk, and hot rod graphic proof at the moment, then I was going to pass them on to gil_m
I can laser copy these on to decal paper but the quality for the orange is really transparent and would be nothing like the quality that Gil can produce.

Perhaps if there is enough interest from 'elite' owners, we could get a batch done?
I also have a proof in digital form of the Aluminium "O" graphics if anyone is searching for them. Check my gallery pics.

As for this polished finish. -
Rub down with 400grit wet and dry
Rub down with coarse wire wool.
Rub down with fine wire wool.
Polish with Autosol*
Rub down with fine wire wool again*
Polish with Autosol.

*= repeat as necessary.
Doing mine on the occassional evening, this finish has taken 4 weeks so far! :oops:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:30 am 
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Hi, that finish looks bloody fantastic! I stripped the lacquer off this ebay bargain yesterday (admittedly not an Orange but not bad for £5.56!)
I then used autosol and Maguires to give it a shine. I can live with the result but there are quite a few gauges and those strange worm like marks I was wondering if I could get rid of using your wire wool autosol method?

Cheers...Graeme.


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 Post subject: Re: polishing.....
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:20 pm 
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Croydian wrote:
...... there are quite a few gauges and those strange worm like marks I was wondering if I could get rid of using your wire wool autosol method?



To be honest Graeme, I wouldn't know. :? ..... giving it a rubdown with wirewool shouldn't harm it as long as it's not too coarse. Mines' had about 3 polishes with autosol using a fine grade wire wool in between. Is all the laquer off?...... you can soon tell as the Autosol will turn it black.

I tried a soapy scourer on the bars and then autosol and they've turned out ok too.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:12 pm 
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hurin76 wrote:

also what technique did you use to bring back the lustre to your frame?



Spent an hour polishing up the reverse side of the seat stays last night.
For those who are unfamiliar with Autosol and frame polishing..... I thought a few pics of the process may help.

I haven't used nitromors on this frame, chosing to rub back the lacquer by hand instead. I prefer to do this as my work bench is the kitchen table! :D


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File comment: Rub the initial surface with wet and dry.
I've chosen a 360 grit to rub the worst off. I then rub back with a medium coarse wire wool. Use the wire wool to get into the welds but be careful you don't rub away the 'feathering' of the welds.
Note the 'grey'

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File comment: Apply the autosol.
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File comment: Rub off the Autosol using a soft cloth. I often chose to rub with a fine wire wool and repeat this process to enhance the shine.
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File comment: The finished polished surface.
Note the black parts are where the autosol has tarnished the lacquer that is yet to be removed.

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i'm no expert but i'm not too sure the 'powerstay' decals are correct...

i have some original powerstay ones from orange

pm me if you want them - i no longer need them

Nic


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i'm no expert but i'm not too sure the 'powerstay' decals are correct...

i have some original powerstay ones from orange

pm me if you want them - i no longer need them



Thanks Nic :D

These were copied from photographs and dimensions of the graphics before I stripped it. I'm fairly confident they are 100% accurate.

The 'powerstay' graphics on an aluminium "O" are different from the 'elite'....perhaps the one's you've got are a set of these?

Cheers for the offer though.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:15 pm 
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mine are from an O - perhaps they just look different on the screen?

still look pretty good mate!


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