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Old 10-04-10, 11:36 AM   #1
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New brushed Titanium frame--Scotchbrite pad?

How many times have you read this--"to maintain a brushed titanium finish, just a few swipes with a Scotchbrite pad."

What they never tell you is what color/grade/material Scotchbrite--there are a multitude.

Any recommendations on exactly what SB pad, and where you find it? Thanks.
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Old 10-04-10, 11:45 AM   #2
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I scrub stainless pots & pans out with a carborundum impregnated nylon foam scotch brite like pad.
I get it from the Marine hardware store, here .. its brown.

you live on an Island with a marina, and a haul out, so have one of those shops too.

Consider also steel wool, there there is a grading standard number, more 0s the finer it is
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There is no way to determine what the finish will be like from any given pad. You'll need to get a few different types and try them on some scrap aluminium and steel and finally try it on the titanium in a spot under the BB or similar. Also any new abrasion like this will make the surface shiney. But the normal oxidation will restore the newly abraded area to the dull grey within a few days. When you get close to the right grade you'll have to be patient because you'll only achieve an ideal match by waiting for the grey to return and then compare the scuff patterns.
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Well . . .

I'm hoping that somebody else has already gone through this process and can tell me specifically what to get. The frame I'm talking about is brushed titanium, the Probikekit.com frame (now sold out so no longer listed) made from 3AL-2.5V Titanium. My thinking is that the same pad would be appropriate for all brushed 3-2.5 Ti, no?.

I don't want to reinvent the wheel here, just use what has already been determined works.
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Old 10-04-10, 01:17 PM   #6
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For years I've used a green Scotchbrite pad to touch up/restore the finish on my Ti Serottas with the brushed finish. While it is not absolutely identical to the factory finish because they use abrasive cloth http://www.serotta.com/assets2/flash...ery/index.html , my efforts blend well and are not noticeable.

An edit: For everyday cleaning, etc., I use Lemon Pledge. The Scotchbrite is use to touch up scratches, rub marks etc. I wouldn't use Scotchbrite for everyday stuff.

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I have 8,000 miles on my Ti frame and I've never been tempted to use Scotchbrite on it.

I normally just use a soft brush or rags. I have a few *tiny* scratches, but most people who pass me are going so much faster than I am they don't notice the scratches.

Another think you could do is get some Motobecane decals and use those to cover the scratches. That would work, too.
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but most people who pass me are going so much faster than I am they don't notice the scratches.
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For years I've used a green Scotchbrite pad to touch up/restore the finish on my Ti Serottas with the brushed finish. While it is not absolutely identical to the factory finish because they use abrasive cloth http://www.serotta.com/assets2/flash...ery/index.html , my efforts blend well and are not noticeable.

An edit: For everyday cleaning, etc., I use Lemon Pledge. The Scotchbrite is use to touch up scratches, rub marks etc. I wouldn't use Scotchbrite for everyday stuff.
Ah, this looks like just what I'm looking for. Unless somebody disagrees, this is what I'll go with. Thanks to all!!


Scotch-BriteTM No.86 Heavy Duty Scouring Pad
• Ideal for heavily soiled areas
• Effective alternative to scrapers, steel wool and metal sponges
• Non-rusting
Colour: Dark Green Size: 229 x 158mm
Typical applications: Removes heavily encrusted food/soil from kitchen and cooking
equipment, pipework.
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Old 10-04-10, 02:36 PM   #10
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As an alternative, you can buy sponges with green Scotchbrite in grocery stores. Do your dishes and your bike too!

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When I bought my brushed titanium Seven frame, I asked the factory what they use when putting the initial finish on the frame, and what I should use to touch it up. They said :

We use Scotch Brite #7447.

http://www.shop3m.com/61500123239.html
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When I bought my brushed titanium Seven frame, I asked the factory what they use when putting the initial finish on the frame, and what I should use to touch it up. They said :

We use Scotch Brite #7447.

http://www.shop3m.com/61500123239.html
Cool, Thanks!
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I've always used the regular yellow and green Scotchbrite pads. They've worked out ok.

Clark, what frame did you end up getting? I remember a few months ago you were looking around.
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the Probikekit.com frame (now sold out so no longer listed) made from 3AL-2.5V Titanium.
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Old 10-05-10, 01:37 AM   #15
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Auto body supply shops have gray and red Scotch-Brite pads, the gray is a fine scuffing pad while the red is more aggressive.
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Home depot sells different grades of scotchbrite type pads in the paint and the sand paper/steel wool sections. I believe the green is coarse, the maroon is medium, the grey is fine, the white is very fine.

If you can not find what you are looking for at home depot or there isn't one near you then check out an online ski shop and search for fibertex pads.

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When I worked for an importer of crappy Ti frames, we used white scotchbrite pads (I don't remember the #) and WD-40 to polish/clean the frames before we shipped them out.
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Thanks for the tips, Guys!
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