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    How do you polish Ti?

    Any advice from any of you that may have worked with Titanium on the best methods to polish Ti that has a bead blasted/natural finish to a mirror like finish?
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    I'm curious to see what methods are used. I recently completely wire-brushed my raw/satin ti frame. I tried buffing out a small inconspicous area of the frame and it polished well. I'm not yet sure I'd like another polished ti frame. I already have an old Litespeed Classic frame which came polished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    Any advice from any of you that may have worked with Titanium on the best methods to polish Ti that has a bead blasted/natural finish to a mirror like finish?
    Can't say I've ever polished Ti. I think it looks crap polished and prefer to Scotchbrite them as it looks better and is much lower maintenance.

    However, from a Scotchbrite to polished, you'd simply need to get progressively finer with your media, ending up with a polishing wheel and cutting compound.

    You'd have to be feeling pretty game to attempt to hand polish and entire Ti frame without having done it before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thylacine
    Can't say I've ever polished Ti. I think it looks crap polished and prefer to Scotchbrite them as it looks better and is much lower maintenance.

    However, from a Scotchbrite to polished, you'd simply need to get progressively finer with your media, ending up with a polishing wheel and cutting compound.

    You'd have to be feeling pretty game to attempt to hand polish and entire Ti frame without having done it before!
    I read somewhere that it can be done similar to ball burnishing an aluminum frame. I think it actually looks pretty decent polished. I have bikes both ways and perfer the polished actually. It's even easier upkeep than the bead blasted or brushed finish.
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