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  1. #401
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    to answer the questions about polishing after the fact- I just use occasional swipes of Blue Magic to get the shine back up. All of the black oxidation just wipes off of the bike and can be easily cleaned off with a rag, and it's not abrasive enough to harm decals.

    Polishing around welds and cable guides is easy, for me, the hardest part was stripping those areas. I ended up using a wire brush (brass) and even more paint stripper to get them clean, then wet sanded/polished them. Lots of details in the thread I linked to a few posts up.

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    Here's my raw Uzzi and Nomad.
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    Nice seat cover

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    Lol, thanks. It's actually not a cover. I added the tassels around the base of the seat.
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    WOW, some serious iron out there! Here is mine, by far the best mod I have done yet, now I can grow a beard to compensate for the weight loss, lol.
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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!





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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!

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    Let's see your raw aluminium!





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    Giant XTC 29 raw

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    9090 gram as pictured with Notubes latex in tires
    (= 20.04 lbs = 20 lbs + .64 oz)

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    Lets see your RAW aluminium!

    EazeBikes Dude AM Prototype frame
    (not being taken to production, as they moved to 27.5 wheels and called the new one "Mr Funky V")
    WWW.EAZEBIKES.COM

    Well it started life like this:
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    Then I re-anodised the small parts red, drilled out stealth routing and built her up:
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    Then decided that she was looking a bit too tired in full raw, so got her anodized black and new red graphics from Eaze:
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    All in ~28lb, not bad for a 170mm travel F&R Alu bike


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    Cluad Butler

    This is my cluad butler unfortunatly i have no before pictures, but believe me it was in a sad place before the uplift, its been stripped re-greased then frame polished, It was a labour of love i really enjoyed it, unfortunately its being sold on ebay now as i need the room. I purchased a bike off ebay so i could do it all again , what a sucker Pictures to follow
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    GT Before and after

    Here goes guys before and after pictures

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    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have a question that is related to the raw-aluminum and polished-aluminum look.

    Has anyone tried buffing a frame to an almost chrome shine, and then applied a "blackened chrome" clear finish on top of it?

    I have seen that on some car wheels and I just absolutely love that look.

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    Just got it reassembled tonight! Let's see your raw aluminium!-img_20141208_174905.jpg

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    Personne ne veut montrer leur bébé? Vous mettez tout ce dur labeur dedans, laissez chacun voir pourquoi il était si en vaut la peine!


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    Quote Originally Posted by alicerr View Post
    Personne ne veut montrer leur bébé? Vous mettez tout ce dur labeur dedans, laissez chacun voir pourquoi il était si en vaut la peine!


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    Nobody wants to show their baby? You put all that hard work in, let everyone see why it was so worth it !

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    Latest Update

    Latest changes: polished bar, polished seat post, new rims, new seat, new grips.
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    Good job man, looks great!
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    Got a couple that came raw, I'd never have the patience to strip them myself. Or polish them for that matter. Hell, I can't even remember the last time I cleaned them.

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    Polygon Xtrada 2012 XCM forks.

    At first I plan to repaint while both my patience and paint job sucks, so when I stripped the paint I kinda like it so I paint it raw.

    Not exactly raw since I paint it white pearl for coating to prevent oxidation stuffs since that's the only spray paint I got - I want to coat it clear metallic though.

    Need more cutting sticker now
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    Chameleon MKIV

    Never Build it up... loving raw finish... clear gloss coating...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fparra View Post
    Never Build it up... loving raw finish... clear gloss coating...


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    cool...how many coats for the clear coat?

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    This has 2 Coats... I think that more is better... think 4 coats is perfection!!!

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    Yolo n+1

    Done. This was an '07 Santa Cruz VP-Free. Now its my main ride
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