I know this thread says "raw aluminum", but ive saw a few posted here that were polished up real nice. Now im considering goin that route, but id like to have some red in there and some white to balance out the white on my forks... My question is has anyone else done this?
Asking bc it seems like the surface will be too slick to bond w the paint and clearcoat. Ive painted many cars, but anytime ive had to paint aluminum, an entire wheel, etc. it was completely sanded w sealer underneath first... Jus curious bc id like to break out the airbrush, but not even gna try if i cant protect it... Thx in advance!
Almost finished - brakes and chainring should arrive anyday now.
'95 GT Tempest bought for probably too much at 80 bucks then stripped, polished and rebuit. I used Sapim CX ray spokes and White Industry polished hubs to add a bit more bling. The original fork was chromed and is installed. The bike weights in at about 9.3kg.
I really wouldn't mind a clear coat to protect the shine. I don't beat the bike up and the clear coat would save some hassle. I use aluminum polish (general metal polish) every few months to bring the shine back and add a layer of protection.
Wow... that just looks AMAZING!
Originally Posted by pressed001
From my experience (and several I've read), clearcoating that thing would be virtually impossible... but good luck!
Here's an update to mine
My new chromed out Turner and my hand polished Transition:
My Turner in park mode:
Here's a link to a better picture:
in Alameda, California, United States - photo by microfiz - Pinkbike
A silly question I suppose -- I'm tempted to start my project of stripping down the clear coat and polishing it raw, but what about the stickers? Mine is a 1999 Marin and I can't fine stickers/decals anywhere on the net.
This is a great thread! I can't wait to get through my noob/probationary stage, so that I can post a bike that I just picked up today. It's a caloi, that's raw aluminum, and now I think I am going to polish it after seeing all this work you guys did.
Made a start
Thats about 2-3 hours in. Paint stripper first, then used coarse wire wool but in soapy water. Few little areas to get paint off then will give it a bit of a polish up.
Stick a fork in me!
Looks amazing! I assume the frame is not aluminum?
Mine is, I started polishing it today and I'm about 2 hours in but it doesn't look no where near as shiny as yours.
Its defo alloy. Didn't mention the final steps on those last two pictures. After the wool I wet sanded with what I had to hand which was 1200, 1500 and 2500. I'd do this even if your going for the raw look as it makes it look a lot smoother. Tried 800 but it was putting more scratches in than taking out. After that I did the final polish with Autosol aluminium polish which is when you see the biggest change.
Here you can see the closer chainstay polished with Autosol, lower is just wet sanded
I guess the Autosol makes all the difference, now I understand why our European friends are so crazy about it ;)
This is what I have so far, and it's pretty raw:
In this one you can see the upper arm done (90%) and the lower is the original:
Same thing, with closeup on the upper:
I really love the raw look, but it's so vulnerable - I hold the frame with my somewhat sweaty hands and it leaves prints that I need to scrub for 2 minutes each to get rid of them! Is that the same after Autosol?
You can still leave marks with sweaty palms, but should wipe away in less than 2 min.
My bike is basically back together now, just need some stickers and gear tuning.
Where do you get your stickers? I ended up making my own... very slow process
You can get some from ebay but they are not super accurate. Apparently some guy called Gil is the man to speak to for GT stickers.