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    titanium shine through polish

    I read through a bunch of posts but didn't find exactly what I wanted.

    I scuffed up the top tube on my new Titanium frame removing some decals and it looks rather dull. It is brushed TI. To be honest it never was that bright. I was thinking that since I screwed up the TT I might just polish the whole thing this winter and then get a coat of clear coat on it put on at the local auto-shop.

    Now I've read a bunch of different ideas for polishing Ti but could someone that has actually done it tell me step by step what to do? I will to do it all be hand. I want to get the frame to that mirror finish I see in a lot of BF bike photos. I don't mind putting in the time if I know it will work. The frame is a 2010 MTB motobecane frame. Please respond if you've done this or seen someone do this.

    And of course post pics if you want of your work I'm guessing you use different levels of sand paper and then maybe finish it off with a type of brasso or something. I tried looking for brasso the other day here in S.K. but couldn't find any.

    Thanks in advance,
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    These guys are framebuilders. Read what they say.

    http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum...ium-16900.html

    IMHO, the beauty of the brushed finish is that it hides fingerprints, water spots, and stuff like that. Polish that baby and you'd better carry a cleaning cloth around with you because that'll make is show everything.

    I've used a Scotchbrite pad on my Litespeed to touch up spots that have been "polished" by the cables rubbing, so that they look "brushed" again. It works best to go in the same direction as the original brush marks.
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    Thanks for the link. A scotchbrite was how I dulled up the finish to begin with....went the wrong way.

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    Fine abrasive powders on a cloth and a lot of hand labor , or a powered cotton disc wheel with a stick of the same sort of abrasive is what polishing is for bare metal.

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    What happens if I polish it then throw a really light layer of clear coat on the metal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethzbarker View Post
    What happens if I polish it then throw a really light layer of clear coat on the metal?
    Then you're right back where people with painted bikes are--worrying about scratching or chipping your finish, washing and waxing it to keep it shiny, and all that crap.

    Naturally you're entitled to your own opinion--and some people really like a polished mirror finish--but the whole reason I went brushed Ti is that it's pretty much maintenance-free. I don't have to worry about scratches when I lock up, handprints don't show after I carry it up the stairs to my apartment, I can sweat all over it and it doesn't show.

    Finally, there's a certain stealth aspect to it. I work in the 'hood. When I ride my shiny bright yellow $100 Craigslist special to work, stopped at lights, people on street corners yell out, "Nice bike!" When I ride the dull, gray, unpainted Litespeed, no one notices. Makes me wonder about all those people who cover their bikes with tape and stickers to make it look less appealing to thieves. All they have to do is buy brushed Ti and it completely disappears from the theft radar screen.
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    You can buy a whole lot of stickers for the price of a Ti frameset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisO View Post
    You can buy a whole lot of stickers for the price of a Ti frameset.
    Yeah, but then I'd not only be on a POS, it would look like kindergarten too. I'd have to buy a clown suit, it just snowballs from there...
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    Take a look in Lung's thread for some good info.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ghlight=merlin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
    Take a look in Lung's thread for some good info.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ghlight=merlin
    awesome thanks

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    Actually tonight I took a scotchbrite to the top tube (that I had dulled up earlier) and carefully worked it in the right direction, it ended to really close to the same shine and color as the rests of the brushed frame. Or at least it looked that way in the garage at night. The grains looked really similar to the rest of the TI too. I think it would be hard to tell it's different from the rest of the bike.

    I'm not sure if I want to polish it now. I still find the pictures I've seen of polished TI really alluring though and there is a long ass winter coming up But if I don't the bike looks a lot closer to what it looked like when I got it.

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