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    Help from the Lynskey Owners .. or those that might know

    Picked up a Helix second hand and the decals on it were trashed. I used acetone to remove the decals but could still see the outline of where the decals used to be on the frame. The finish on the bike is either Matte or Industrial Mill but I believe Matte. I'm verifying from the previous owner

    My question is, I've been using the 7440 scotch brite recommended by Lynskey and it looks like it scratching the frame ever so slightly. I can see where the difference in finish where the stickers used to be is no longer there but I'm just wondering if I'm getting to a point where I'm going to have to have it sandblasted again or something? Does it just take a lot of elbow grease with the scotch brite? do I need a finer "grit" to follow up with?

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    You should ask someone from Lynskey but according to them if its a matte finish.

    This finish is our standard bead blasted frame finish which gives the overall Matte Gray stealth look to your bike. (Note: Minor scratches will not as easily be repaired compared to our Industrial Mill or Bright Brush finishes.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruin11 View Post
    You should ask someone from Lynskey but according to them if its a matte finish.

    This finish is our standard bead blasted frame finish which gives the overall Matte Gray stealth look to your bike. (Note: Minor scratches will not as easily be repaired compared to our Industrial Mill or Bright Brush finishes.)
    I've already talked with Lynskey. I believe the finish to be Industrial Mill according to their pictures, but I'm verifying with the previous owner, which they recommend the 7440. Just not doing what I thought it would and wondering if keeping at it will make it better or I need to polish it with something less rough

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    Sorry but I just don't believe a "picky" consumer can be satisfied with the result of polishing a Ti frame with anything at home. It just isn't possible to get it right. I don't have a Lynskey brand, but also removed decals from my Ti bike, but with the intent to replace them. I used alcohol and acetone to remove all traces of adhesive and grime at the edges where the decals had been. I used masking tape to mark the decal positions for replacing them.

    Lynskey decals are very nice. I would get a new set from them and replace them. That is your best bet. Can't cost much. Worst case is to send them the frame for refinishing and redecaling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Sorry but I just don't believe a "picky" consumer can be satisfied with the result of polishing a Ti frame with anything at home. It just isn't possible to get it right. I don't have a Lynskey brand, but also removed decals from my Ti bike, but with the intent to replace them. I used alcohol and acetone to remove all traces of adhesive and grime at the edges where the decals had been. I used masking tape to mark the decal positions for replacing them.

    Lynskey decals are very nice. I would get a new set from them and replace them. That is your best bet. Can't cost much. Worst case is to send them the frame for refinishing and redecaling.
    I'm not that picky, just want it to look nice and don't mind putting some elbow grease in it if need be. Doesn't have to be perfect at all but the areas where the decals were located is very noticeable. Once I'm 100% on the finish I'll figure something out. I could have it sandblasted or something similar locally but if I can use my drill or angle grinder with a pad to just clean it up and polish it a little bit I don't mind doing that either, just want to make sure I use the correct pad

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    I'm not that picky, just want it to look nice and don't mind putting some elbow grease in it if need be. Doesn't have to be perfect at all but the areas where the decals were located is very noticeable. Once I'm 100% on the finish I'll figure something out. I could have it sandblasted or something similar locally but if I can use my drill or angle grinder with a pad to just clean it up and polish it a little bit I don't mind doing that either, just want to make sure I use the correct pad
    Of course you're picky or we wouldn't be having this conversation. BTW I mean picky as a compliment, finding myself as I do, in the same category. The problem is I doubt Lynskey is using a Scotchbrite pad. Their recommendation is, I believe, just an approximation. If you don't want decals and want the whole bike to be uniform, your best bet is to just do the whole thing with the Scotchbrite pad. It won't be the same as new, but it will be uniform.

    Perhaps "discriminating" would be a better word than picky. It just says you can see the difference.
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    I have a 320 with the brushed finish. I took the top tube and down tube "Lynskey" off with acetone and it left a little ghost. Looked a little like the etched jobs they do. The ghost decal faded away after a couple of months.
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