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Old 12-23-06, 04:40 PM   #1
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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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Old 12-23-06, 04:48 PM   #2
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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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Old 12-26-06, 12:44 AM   #3
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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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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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