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Originally Posted by Reynolds
A friend was offered a '90s Raleigh MTB titanium frame at a great price. However, it appears to have been sandblasted, has a "porous" texture to it. Would this affect the frame's integrity? Could it be sanded and polished to get a nicer finish?
It's bead blasted which took less labor than a brushed finish but means touching up wear spots (things like cable housings will polish spots in the finish) is not a DIY operation as with a brushed finish.
You can use a Scotchbrite (pretty much synthetic steel wool) pad to get a brushed finish and go farther (Litespeed sold some fully polished frames) if you want.
I have a titanium frame (bead blasted), lock (brushed), and seat post (polished)
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 09-28-12 at 12:50 PM.