• 01-05-2013
    Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CyclesnIPAs View Post
    Thanks for the input. Im leaning more towards getting the frame media blasted the more I stare at the gray mess. I actually attempted to use some wet fine grit sand paper on the down tube, the effort required to remove the coating was ridiculous and way more taxing than I care to deal with. Guess Im gonna be searching for a media blaster on Monday.

    Find one that is familiar with working with Al frames. Is easy to ruin a frame if they do it wrong.
  • 01-06-2013
    Saddle Up
  • 01-06-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    I did a Google search for powder coating removers/strippers. Turned up a few options. Has anyone here used a powder coat specific stripper? Im still considering media blasting the frame however Im assuming this route is expensive. The powder coat specific strippers can be had for around $20.
  • 01-06-2013
    trojans1993
    Never did try powder coat specific but was lucky to have frames that stripped down nicely. You can try it, but I don't think it would cost more than $50 or so just to have it blasted then polish it yourself.
  • 01-07-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    After going to a couple of paint stores (one of which the clerk had no idea what powder coating was and thought I was referring to a paint color lol) I wound up at an Automotive Speed/Race shop where I picked up a can of stripper called POR-strip by POR 15. This stuff works! I finished stripping and polishing my frame in about 2 1/2 hrs. Assembly will ensue tomorrow hopefully I can post a pic when im done. :-)
  • 01-07-2013
    trojans1993
    Awesome, glad you found the right stuff to do the job. You might want to do a couple coats with a mag wheel type of wax that will help slow the oxidation process and will resist stains that raw AL is susceptible to. Let's see it when she's done.
  • 01-08-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    My neighbor who works for Freight Liner gave me a bottle of aluminum polish that they use on all the big rigs. Worked great. Didnt wanna go to shiny on the finish so I stopped at a nice brushed finish. Its not perfect but hay its a mountain bike. Pretty happy with it though, gonna assemble it tonight.
  • 01-08-2013
    Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CyclesnIPAs View Post
    My neighbor who works for Freight Liner gave me a bottle of aluminum polish that they use on all the big rigs. Worked great. Didnt wanna go to shiny on the finish so I stopped at a nice brushed finish. Its not perfect but hay its a mountain bike. Pretty happy with it though, gonna assemble it tonight.

    For some unexplainable reason, I'm not seeing the picture, that I know you posted.
  • 01-08-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    For some unexplainable reason, I'm not seeing the picture, that I know you posted.

    Yeah no pic yet. As sad as it is I actually dont know how to post a pic. Will do asap when I figure out how.:confused:
  • 01-08-2013
    Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CyclesnIPAs View Post
    Yeah no pic yet. As sad as it is I actually dont know how to post a pic. Will do asap when I figure out how.:confused:

    It's pretty easy. Open free account at Photobucket, store your pics there. Copy the IMG link from there and Paste it here.
  • 01-08-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    It's pretty easy. Open free account at Photobucket, store your pics there. Copy the IMG link from there and Paste it here.

    Cool I'll get a pic up as soon as I can thanks.:thumbsup:
  • 01-09-2013
    sp00j
    Ok, I'll play...............1993 Diamondback Vertex, full XT, Post Modern suspension seatpost, Rockshox fork, gray fire XC pros, Gray Ourys, silver Easton monkey bar, XT dual control shifter/lever combo, gray cabling, Azonic stem......

    http://forums.mtbr.com/picture.php?a...pictureid=9967
  • 01-09-2013
    CyclesnIPAs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sp00j View Post
    Ok, I'll play...............1993 Diamondback Vertex, full XT, Post Modern suspension seatpost, Rockshox fork, gray fire XC pros, Gray Ourys, silver Easton monkey bar, XT dual control shifter/lever combo, gray cabling, Azonic stem......

    http://forums.mtbr.com/picture.php?a...pictureid=9967

    Nice. Kinda resembles an old school titanium 'goose frame I saw at a bike shop recently.:thumbsup:
  • 01-27-2013
    VintageRocks
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    Ok, so here is a "raw" bike that was a mystery until a few weeks ago (see "Mystery Frame" thread in the Vintage forum).

    Its a Ziegler-Lam made in Kent WA. Probably a 1998 model and this model came "raw".

    I've got the bug now and want more bare aluminum bikes!!!

    I had a 1992 Cannondale Delta V-2000. It was painted of course and I remember in the manual for it they said not to strip the paint as the process could damage or weaken the frame. I always thought that was odd. I also always wondered why 'dale did not offer a bare frame choice. My guess is it costs more to brush or polish a frame than to paint it?

    It a crime to cover up aluminum.

    I'll be back to put the pic up after I get to 10 posts
  • 01-27-2013
    theNomad
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    current build up of Spec Hardrock "Nuttin' Special"
  • 02-06-2013
    Shayne
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by VintageRocks View Post
    I also always wondered why 'dale did not offer a bare frame choice. My guess is it costs more to brush or polish a frame than to paint it?

    Cannondale had polished frames available most years.
  • 02-06-2013
    FMCurto
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    It was the look of a Cannondale of forum user (brentos) in this thread that got me dialled in stripping mine to raw, kind of a classical race car look and closest thing to bike porn I have ever seen:

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    A milestone in this thread.

    Sry to double post it here but cant post links yet and dont know how to link to message #116
  • 03-26-2013
    RaptorTC
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    She's not a mountain bike, but she's still raw aluminum.
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  • 03-26-2013
    mtbnozpikr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RaptorTC View Post
    She's not a mountain bike, but she's still raw aluminuml

    And she still looks nice. Something to be said for the elegance of keeping it simple.
  • 03-29-2013
    theNomad
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    decals help make it look legit
  • 04-08-2013
    Crank Monkey
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    Specialized 2001 Rockhopper

    Her name is Sasha. =)

    My favorite thing about stripping her raw is how the frame matches the alu crankset. ;)

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  • 04-16-2013
    MTBWV96
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  • 04-18-2013
    Venturewest
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    Raw Giant Trance
    2009 Giant Trance X1

    Original Brushed Aluminum finish after removing paint. I used Mother's Aluminum polish to brighten and protect it a littAttachment 791753Attachment 791754Attachment 791755le bit.
  • 04-18-2013
    teamdicky
  • 06-10-2013
    rickpaulos
    my Trek CNC Rail.
    clear coat over aluminum. Perhaps a clear Powder coat.

    http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...5/IMG_5504.jpg