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    Best Method to Clean a Titanium Frame

    Hello Fellow Bikers,

    I have a Serotta Legent Titanium frame that needs a bit of cleaning up. A few little marks here and there, nothing serious.

    What product and method do you think works "da best" ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    - orange furniture spray can at the dollar store (recommended by my Merlin dealer)...

    - stuff works great, too!

    (my ride isn't clearcoated, btw - just brushed Ti)

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    Acetone. Strip the frame, dip it in acetone, swirl it around for a while, blast it with water, you're done.

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    Lots of good BUT different ideas. My frame is brushed Ti, not clearcoated.

    I guess I'll just call Serotta. These ideas are great and probably work, but are very different

    Any other thoughts are appreciated. We can all learn something from this I guess.


    Thanks for the thoughts and/or advice.

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    Fascinating. I was going to post this same question. Can't believe someone else out there actually thought to assume cleaning a Ti frame would be any different than other frames.

    I took off one of the stickers the other day using some sort of solvent. Probably acetone or similar. I noticed a grayish tint left on the cloth. I assume it was Ti juice, not dirt. Should solvents like that be avoided? Will any of them eat away the frame?
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    Baby wipes.
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    Lemon Pledge, but the orange furniture polish from the dollar store will work just as well.
    Last edited by WheresWaldo; 06-21-06 at 09:56 PM.
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    Spit and rub. then rinse with water. Hey you asked for diff ideas did'nt you?...

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    LOL... Ti Juice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    LOL... Ti Juice...
    Part of every healthy breakfast. Lots of vitamin " T " .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    Part of every healthy breakfast. Lots of vitamin " T " .
    Helps me stay alert and focused.
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    What kind of "marks"? If they're from dirt/oil/grease/road-tar/bird-poo/squirrel-guts, then you can dissolve it with the appropriate solvent. Some stuff works best with an aqueous ionic solvent, others with a non-polar stuff like thinners. If the marks are scratches... that's tougher because they're below the surface of the tubing. You can re-create the brushed finish in the scratch by scuffing it up, steel-wool works well.

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    Spend a couple of hours drooling on it, then wipe with a soft cloth.
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    I would try just a damp cloth. I have been using Pledge and I think it is causing my decals to crack. My frame is a new old stock frame (2004) and the decals were perfect. I just started using the pledge and notice the decals are getting all these hair line cracks all of a sudden.

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    I use the orange Pledge wipes. They work great and were recommended by Merlin. I had called them about issues I had with the LBS and they told me to use the furniture wipes.

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    you're supposed to clean it? I've been spending the last 8 years letting the patina build up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
    you're supposed to clean it? I've been spending the last 8 years letting the patina build up.
    you can get a much quicker patina with electricity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mothra
    You can re-create the brushed finish in the scratch by scuffing it up, steel-wool works well.
    I don't have a Ti bike but I have a Ti wedding ring. The jeweler who built it recommended using those green 3M pads rather than steel wool.

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    I've never owned a titanium frame, but I have owned a number of titanium watches (Panerai's) with brushed finishes, and they're big watches that are always getting knocked around and marked. The problem with unfinished titanium (as in non-clearcoated) is that when exposed to oxygen the finish changes color. That's why, at least with watches, scratches or mars appear shiny at first, then get darker. The result of lots of knocks can be an uneven, mottled appearance. What I've used to clean up the finish on titanium watches is a "finish bar", basically a small rubber block impregnated with an abrasive, and you basically just rub the finish in straight strokes across the surface. These blocks are available in very fine (satin), medium, and coarse finish. I would recommend using the satin finish, but some marks might require the medium first, and then going over it with satin block. These do a fantasic job refinishing titanium and brushed stainless steel watch finishes, and I don't see why they wouldn't do well on a brushed titanium bike frame, but proceed at your own risk. I buy my polishing blocks here:

    http://www.tztoolshop.com/FB_Catalog_Rouges.html

    Hope this helps!

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    Tom Kellogg, who I figure oughta know, suggests Pledge.

    http://spectrum-cycles.com/66.htm

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    I use a damp cloth to clean then use a clean rag and spray Pedros Bike Lust on the frame.. It looks great, mine is also a brushed Ti frame..

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