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Waxing a Ti Bike

Old 08-28-20, 09:05 AM
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Waxing a Ti Bike

I'm getting in a new Litespeed. First Ti bike I've had. On my other painted bikes I always put on a coat of wax before first ride to make washing in the future easier. Do I need to do this with unpainted titanium? Is there any benefit?
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Old 08-28-20, 09:14 AM
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It will make it shinier. Fingerprints and other stuff will wipe off easier. It's not necessary. It won't do any harm. Congratulations on the new bike!
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As he said, it will make it shinier. I don't do anything to mine. Once in a while it gets cleaned, but not that often. Usually I just attend to the drive train cleaning and maintenance. The nice thing about the titanium is if you get a scratch on it, just go over the scratch with fine emery cloth ( I forgot what grit) and it will dissapear. Much better than a scratch on a painted frame. Congrats on your new TI ride !
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The little cans of hand wipes are hard to find right now but I've found the wipes work well for a quick clean. Wipes off Gatorade, sweat and road mess. Does not leave residue and the bike doesn't have to be dried. I wouldn't bother with wax.
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Don't bother. Use scotch brite pad.
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Old 08-28-20, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by frogman View Post
As he said, it will make it shinier. I don't do anything to mine. Once in a while it gets cleaned, but not that often. Usually I just attend to the drive train cleaning and maintenance. The nice thing about the titanium is if you get a scratch on it, just go over the scratch with fine emery cloth ( I forgot what grit) and it will dissapear. Much better than a scratch on a painted frame. Congrats on your new TI ride !
FWIW, I use 3M #7448 gray scotchbrite pads.

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The little cans of hand wipes are hard to find right now but I've found the wipes work well for a quick clean. Wipes off Gatorade, sweat and road mess. Does not leave residue and the bike doesn't have to be dried. I wouldn't bother with wax.
Pledge Lemon wipes are a bit of both worlds.. can clean a bit and add some shine. Generally doesn't require any thought.
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Old 08-28-20, 11:37 AM
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Thanks guys, that's what I figured. Can't wait to get off work to go play!
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Old 08-28-20, 12:04 PM
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I use automotive spray wax on the bare ti, paint, anodized surfaces and the crankset on my 2 titanium bikes.
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I really like Pedro’s Bike Lust for giving the bike a shine. I’ve been using it on my Lynsey for many years.
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Old 08-28-20, 01:58 PM
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I use furniture polish on my aluminum bike, but is the stuff okay to use on steel or Ti?
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Congratulations!
And the wax will be a nice recurrent theme: Wax your bike, wax your chain, wax your legs
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