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Old 07-12-07, 03:56 PM   #1
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need a silver crosstop lever

any ideas?


I will quite literally paypal someone $2 if they can find me a place to buy a silver specialized cross lever

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Old 07-12-07, 04:11 PM   #2
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I have the black specialized levers. Got them from my LBS.
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They're not even on Specialized's website. That's probably why you can't find them. Why don't you just de-anodize black levers using oven cleaner?

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqS...oadBrakeLevers
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they do exist, they must be an older model. they look ****in badass polished up
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I think you can just strip the black paint or whatever off to expose the metal then polish up
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isn't anodizing a proscess where the paint absorbs into the metal?
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isn't anodizing a proscess where the paint absorbs into the metal?
you can take it off with oven cleaner and some hard work

specialized does not make a silver cross lever, all the ones you have seen have been polished.
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No, It doesn't use paint. A chemical reaction with electricity, aluminum, sulfuric acid, and a type of dye changes the color of the very top surface of the metal and protects it from oxidation and wear.

It is also done without dye to protect the metal without changing the color of the surface.

It can also be done to titanium, magnesium, zinc, and niobium, with different procedures. I think for titanium, you just change the color by increasing voltage of electricity applied. I don't know about the procedures involved with the other metals.

edit: and yeah, use this method to polish them.
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I hear the black is a bit harder to get off though.
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No, It doesn't use paint. A chemical reaction with electricity, aluminum, sulfuric acid, and a type of dye changes the color of the very top surface of the metal and protects it from oxidation and wear.

It is also done without dye to protect the metal without changing the color of the surface.

It can also be done to titanium, magnesium, zinc, and niobium, with different procedures. I think for titanium, you just change the color by increasing voltage of electricity applied. I don't know about the procedures involved with the other metals.

edit: and yeah, use this method to polish them.
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I hear the black is a bit harder to get off though.

You can anodize Ti with a 9v battery , 2 leads, and some other minor stuff.
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