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    I just wondering did you guys polish or clear coating after removing the paint? or maybe chrome it since it looks like chrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderzy
    Ok. I stripped my front triangle on my full susser with aircraft stripper. Took me 1.5 hrs to get it looking very clean. I want to strip the paint off my rear triangle but I do not want to damage the bearings. Can I strip the paint while keeping the bearings in place? Will the paint stripper damage the bearings? Or should I just leave it black?
    I was just thinking about this as well. I'm possibly considering doing this, but wondering about the bearings.

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    Aircraft paint remover, steel wool, and then a scotchbrite pad....


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    This is what polished realy looks like!




    Here is another one, but not as polished:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak greeff
    iv always wanted to polish a bike frame. my son and i just finished this 12inch jamis 26inch wheeled bike. enjoy!
    That's really cool, he's one lucky little guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnV
    Toothpaste is a mild abrasive so it makes sense that it would polish aluminum. Ketchup???? I don't get it....
    Ketchup is pretty acidic.

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    how do i determine if my frame is painted, anodized, or powder coated?

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread. So basically, if I strip down the paint to raw, and not do any polishing on it, would it end up like the raw finish on Intense bikes?

    And would aircraft paint remover get rid off paint, anodizing or powder coats?

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    Aircraft Paint remover for paint. Easy-off oven cleaner for anodizing. Not sure about powder coating, or how to get the Intense finish.

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    I used an easy-off type product, actually a plugged-drain-opening liquid, to strip the black ano off the triple clamps of my Dorado. After that I used steel wool to smooth out the surface, and they now match exactly the raw finish on my Intense frame.
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    This is what it looks like built up. It needs a little touch up by Mothers.

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    Gotta break down the hardrock pro disc I just got so ill be doing this after seeing such good results. Will post pics shortly.

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    Stripped the frame. This'll look good when built back up.
    The bike is nothing special but it'll at least have a different look.
    Thanks for the ideas!
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    Here is my Sette Ace. If I had known how much effort it was going to be to remove the powder coat from this frame I don't think I would have done it. Even the most powerful stipper from Home Depot barely softened the powder coat, so it required a lot of sanding to get it all off. But all the effort in stripping and polishing was worth it, as it looks nice. My final polish I used Meguiars Scratch X (which is for paint). It gives a better shine that metal polish. I tried coating with wax, but that dulls the shine a bit, so I just leave it unprotected and polish it every now and then.



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    That looks very nice!! That's funny that this thread resurfaced. I was just looking at a place that does anodizing. I might pick up another early San Andreas. I'm thinking about getting it lightly bead blasted and getting it anodized dark black, for a nice matt black finish.

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    Flash

    USA made, maybe my favorite out of the bikes I've owned. Granted, I didn't do the burnishing or painting myself.
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    Here is my raw windsor 29er. Took about 45 min to get it stripped down using a spray can of aircraft stripper from the auto parts store and and acid brush. Maintenance has been pretty easy, just hit it with a scotch bright pad every now and again.
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    Really nice. The biggest detractor to the Motobecane's/Windsor's are those god-awful graphics.
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    My Titus El Guapo. Stripped it down w/ a paint remover. I don't like it polished so i just used a scotch brite pad to even out the finish. Still waiting for the Decals for the final touch.

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    Mine came raw from the factory but it's so nice I'm surprised more brands don't offer it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffte
    My Titus El Guapo. Stripped it down w/ a paint remover. I don't like it polished so i just used a scotch brite pad to even out the finish. Still waiting for the Decals for the final touch.


    What paint remover did you use? Is the EG powder coated or anodized?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkosan
    What paint remover did you use? Is the EG powder coated or anodized?
    It's a local paint remover here in the philippines. I forgot the brand. It was like a gel. My EG was powder coated.

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    Now with Decals..






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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffte
    Now with Decals..

    How come you don't use that to tie down the rear DR cable?

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    I did b4, but when i crash the cable breaks

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    i have a q:
    I bought a jamis parker 1 from a friend, it wasnt abused, but he did leave it in a garage without any type of care, so i took the bike as a project. The frame has a loooooot of scratches (luckily just the paint was damaged) so i was thinking of removing the paint and leaving it raw... I already read the thread and I am fairly aware of how to do it. So here comes the question, can I also do this with the fork? and if i can how is it done?

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    Good job!

    [QUOTE=jeffte]My Titus El Guapo. Stripped it down w/ a paint remover.

    mysterious bike.. stands on it's own!

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    Does paint stripper work on anodized alu frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkosan
    Does paint stripper work on anodized alu frames?
    No, but 0000 steelwool does.

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    Use water and wear gloves.

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    Bump. Let's see some more!

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    Trek Fuel EX8 - Got a great deal because the paint was trashed. Stripped it down, polished it up. Lots of new parts.

    You can see more here: http://s600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/dhight1/Trek/








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    That is nice, nice, nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    That is nice, nice, nice!!
    I've never been a fan of aluminum framed anything. With that said the vintage Al frame bikes look so nice I've actually been looking for an older Stumpy to strip and ride.

    You're right these are nice bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkosan View Post
    Does paint stripper work on anodized alu frames?
    Oven cleaner does, but you have to be careful not to leave it on too long, it eats aluminum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dehdman View Post
    Trek Fuel EX8 - Got a great deal because the paint was trashed. Stripped it down, polished it up. Lots of new parts.
    That might be the nicest aluminum polish job I've ever seen! Very nice. How did you do it?

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    Here's mine. I bought it recently looking kind of shabby, and even though it still looks a bit rough, I have removed a lot of the oxidation. I don't know how much polishing I want to do, but seeing some of these other mirror finishes is tempting me to go for something similar.
    I'm also going to add some red bits, and maybe a new sticker kit (saw one that had gray letters with a red outline that looked pretty nice). So, we'll call this the "before" picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    That might be the nicest aluminum polish job I've ever seen! Very nice. How did you do it?
    Aaahhh... thanks!

    Ok... so this one took some effort. The Fuel is 7000 series aluminum (harder and less ductile compared to 6000), has non-oval tubes, and the forming process left the raw aluminum junked up.

    I started with 120 grit automotive sandpaper (yes... I really had to start that course). Onced over the frame with 120 (which is actually 2 passes at 90 degrees). Then came the wetsanding with 220, 320, 400, 600 and 800. Repeat another 5 times. Then went to 1000, 1500, and 2000 and repeated 2-3 times.

    Bought a cheap, 1/2in High speed drill from Harbor Freight to use as a polisher (drill's more handy in the long run). Started with black compound and then brown tripoli and finished with some Mothers.

    Threw on some Rock Demon (http://www.rockdemon.com/) invisible frame protectors, fresh grease for the bearings, rebuilt fork and shock, added new headset, cranks, cassette, chain, cables, wheels, rotors, and seat, bled the brakes and tubelessed the tires. Looks good, rides great.


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    And I gotta say thanks to all the previous posters - seeing how good these bikes looked, you all inspired me. I started this project in May and only just got the bike back together 2 weeks ago. Fist bumps all around.

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    Frame was yellow, stripped it wanted to polish it but decided to much work and left it like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dehdman View Post
    I started with 120 grit automotive sandpaper (yes... I really had to start that course). Onced over the frame with 120 (which is actually 2 passes at 90 degrees). Then came the wetsanding with 220, 320, 400, 600 and 800. Repeat another 5 times. Then went to 1000, 1500, and 2000 and repeated 2-3 times.

    Bought a cheap, 1/2in High speed drill from Harbor Freight to use as a polisher (drill's more handy in the long run). Started with black compound and then brown tripoli and finished with some Mothers.
    Your hard work shows. That frame is freakin gorgeous...

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    Here's mine with a few new red tidbits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post

    Here is another one, but not as polished:
    What year is that Moho? I remember when they came out (and it seems like a very very long time ago), I lusted over that bike. I thought it was the coolest frame ever. And now, after all these years, its still beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    What year is that Moho? I remember when they came out (and it seems like a very very long time ago), I lusted over that bike. I thought it was the coolest frame ever. And now, after all these years, its still beautiful.
    I couldn't even tell you what year it is. It's an early one, because it doesn't have a disc brake tab on it, I wish it did. I bought it at one of the MC garage sales, before they moved to Portland. That was back when, unfortunetly, Mr. Clark was running the show. I paid $50 cash for it in a raw condition, then I polished it myself. The Cook Bros. cranks were also purchased at the same trip for $15, new with no rings. It's a great riding frame. You can really feel the rear end absorb bumps, but it is laterally stiff and accelerates hard. It has a roomy cockpit, which I like, In fact the stem that is on it is too long. It really should have an 80 or 90mm stem and I'm about 5'9.5" tall. The only thing I changed from that picture is I made it a 1x9, changed to a carbon post and changed the bars to a Titec Hellbent bar.

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    Could there be any frame built form kevlar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by resclusa View Post
    i have a q:
    I bought a jamis parker 1 from a friend, it wasnt abused, but he did leave it in a garage without any type of care, so i took the bike as a project. The frame has a loooooot of scratches (luckily just the paint was damaged) so i was thinking of removing the paint and leaving it raw... I already read the thread and I am fairly aware of how to do it. So here comes the question, can I also do this with the fork? and if i can how is it done?
    You cannot do this to the fork. Fork lowers are magnesium and will corrode very badly if not painted. It also will not polish up well like aluminum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    You cannot do this to the fork. Fork lowers are magnesium and will corrode very badly if not painted. It also will not polish up well like aluminum.
    The type of magnesium that is used for forks and car parts can be polished as good as aluminum. You just have to know how to polish it. Mg dust is very flammable, so you have to be careful. The problem is that clear coating Mg is difficult, it's hard to get anything to stick to it.

    http://www.magnesium.com/w3/data-bank/index.php?mgw=182

    http://www.mirrorfinishpolishing.com...service-1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by NR 750 View Post
    Could there be any frame built form kevlar?
    Yes

    http://www.formigli.com/eng/kevlar.asp

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...evlar-bike.php

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    My polished aluminum GT Aggressor...

    It's seen a few months of use since I originally polished it up. So, it's not quite as shiny as when it was first put into service. Still looks nice, though.

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    Has anyone ever used car wax on their raw aluminum? Would it make a brushed finish look more polished? I suppose it would protect from oxidation as well.

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    Your answer is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Has anyone ever used car wax on their raw aluminum? Would it make a brushed finish look more polished? I suppose it would protect from oxidation as well.
    I have. It will immediately take the shine away from polished aluminum, so its not going to make brushed aluminum look polished. It will help with oxidation though.
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    I used wax. Once. It just dirtied the bike up quicker and made it harder to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    I have. It will immediately take the shine away from polished aluminum, so its not going to make brushed aluminum look polished. It will help with oxidation though.
    It won't take the shine away from polished Al if you use it like you do on a car. Whip it on, let if dry a little and buff it off with micro fiber. I use an auto detailer to help protect my bikes, just not on the brake discs or pads.

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    Got tired of my Leader frame having leader wrote on it in 9 different locations.
    The powder coat was thick and hard to get off, if I was to do it again I'd take it to have it stripped somewhere. But good old regular aircraft stripper got the job done.

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    Good work! Looks great.

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    This is my six year old Kona. It too way too long to remove the paint. I used some Nitromors to get down to the primer, and then a mixture of coarse sandpaper, steel wool and wire brushes to remove the rest. While I was at it, I also replaced the stem and handlebars.

    A couple of weeks ago, I converted it to a 1x9, put a new 36T chainring up front and added an N-Gear jump stop to the seat post as well.

    This is my commuter bike
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    even though it makes it smell a bit funny and feel oily, WD-40 makes anything shine

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    Quote Originally Posted by block_xc View Post
    even though it makes it smell a bit funny and feel oily, WD-40 makes anything shine
    Someone told me they put vegetable oil on their titanium frame for the same reason, and also on their stainless refrigerator to prevent fingerprints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Someone told me they put vegetable oil on their titanium frame for the same reason, and also on their stainless refrigerator to prevent fingerprints.
    When my polished aluminum gets a wipe down (which is rare), I'll shoot some silicone spray into a cotton shop rag and wipe it down. Shines up nicely and mud just falls off later.

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    aways wanted a polished GT, something like a Zaskar or RTS. but as they are a bit dated my short travel force will have to do.
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    ^^^ Fantastic job on the polishing!

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    here is my polished idrive.




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    Photos of my updated 2005 GT Aggressor. Still loving the raw aluminum. Absolutely no regrets about stripping off the paint.

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    Guys, I love the look and think I will do this to my 2010 Trek 4300, as I hate its current green color. One concern I have is oxidation and maintenance. How quickly does the raw aluminium start to look bad? When it does, I assume you just use a Scotchbrite pad on it? I guess I should think hard about adding any decals as that probably would make that more difficult. I will probably do it with a more brushed look instead of highly polished.

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    Brushed will look good longer. Use Mothers.

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    How long does it stay nice? How often do you do yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    How long does it stay nice? How often do you do yours?
    The last time I polished mine was last spring (2011). Recent photos a couple of posts above. I don't even wipe the dirt/dust off of it anymore. I'll knock off chunks of mud, though.

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    Mine are polished and once every 6 months will keep it looking like new. That's whats cool about a raw finish, it's easy to make it look like new again.
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    i dont think i have polished mine since i put it all together a couple years ago, lol. still looks good, granted, it probably is covered in dust right now since it has been sitting since fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subyrally View Post
    i dont think i have polished mine since i put it all together a couple years ago, lol. still looks good, granted, it probably is covered in dust right now since it has been sitting since fall.
    Wow, that looks awesome for not polishing for a couple of years. Are the pictures recent or taken right after you did it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    The last time I polished mine was last spring (2011). Recent photos a couple of posts above. I don't even wipe the dirt/dust off of it anymore. I'll knock off chunks of mud, though.
    Did you polish yours with Mothers or only do steel wool?

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    Sorry to be a thread hog guys, but I'm really interested in doing this. Anyway, where did you guys find decals/stickers? I did an Ebay search for Trek decals and found nothing. Although it probably is a bit of a pain to polish in the future with stickers, it does look nicer with something on the frame. I am also encouraged by the fact that many folks seem to being going for quite some time before the frame needs subsequent polishing because of oxidation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Did you polish yours with Mothers or only do steel wool?
    I polished with Mother's after giving it a fine brushed look. I can't say enough good things about the raw aluminum. You'll never worry about scratching the paint again.


    The original frame:

    <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/gt/603739d1300566606-gt-frame-build-up-2005-aggressor-p1010557a.jpg" />

    Stripped and brushed:

    <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/gt/604825d1301020829-gt-frame-build-up-2005-aggressor-p1010573a.jpg" />

    Polished up:

    <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/gt/605121d1301168796-gt-frame-build-up-2005-aggressor-p1010575a.jpg" />


    Regarding the stickers... You'll want to search for vinyl decals. Like this:
    Trek Bicycles Decal Vinyl Bumper Window Sticker | eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Wow, that looks awesome for not polishing for a couple of years. Are the pictures recent or taken right after you did it?
    judging by some of the parts that are still on the bike in those pics, id say that was within a couple weeks of polishing since i changed a few parts shortly after. i have better brakes and a lighter stem on it now.

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    If you really wanna make is shine, wet sand it with some fine grit wet sand paper, then hit it with mothers, and finally clear coat it to prevent oxidation of the bare aluminum.

    I love the look of raw aluminum frames.

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    Clear coating can really make a mess. And it doesn't adhere well to highly polished Al.

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    Sorry, I think I meant powder coat. I can't remember if you can do clear powder coat, but i think you can. It cost more, but your frame would be bullet proof.

    Your right though, It took me a couple of times to figure out clear coating with paint. You have to use good paint, be patient, and wet sand (I hate this step), and wet sand (I hate this step) and wet sand (I hate this step)the clear coat after its cured. I have had good results though. But it is a pain. I feel that on raw aluminum it wouldn't show the imperfections as much. Black is really a pain. Took me hours to get that right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doughnut Spaghetti View Post
    Sorry, I think I meant powder coat. I can't remember if you can do clear powder coat, but i think you can. It cost more, but your frame would be bullet proof.

    Your right though, It took me a couple of times to figure out clear coating with paint. You have to use good paint, be patient, and wet sand (I hate this step), and wet sand (I hate this step) and wet sand (I hate this step)the clear coat after its cured. I have had good results though. But it is a pain. I feel that on raw aluminum it wouldn't show the imperfections as much. Black is really a pain. Took me hours to get that right.
    I love wet sanding, no dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I love wet sanding, no dust.
    This is true

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    That is awesome .... how do I do that?

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    Went with a raw look

    I didnt want to deal with having to polish the thing all the time or have to clear coat it. I was able to save 87 grams off the frame weight in paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    I didnt want to deal with having to polish the thing all the time or have to clear coat it. I was able to save 87 grams off the frame weight in paint.
    That's nice! Let see it built up.

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    Would love to but I'm waiting on a new headset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnoh1924 View Post
    That is awesome .... how do I do that?
    Use some type of paint stripper (read and follow the directions carefully) to remove the paint from the bike frame. "Aircraft Stripper" in a spray can seems to get the best results.

    Sand and/or use steel wool in finer grades until you have a nice "brushed" look and all of the paint has been removed.

    Buy a small jar of "Mother's Aluminum Polish" and scrap cotton cloths (old t-shirts) and polish the frame.

    All done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    I didnt want to deal with having to polish the thing all the time or have to clear coat it. I was able to save 87 grams off the frame weight in paint.
    Very nice job! I think I like the brushed look more than I do the polished look. Next one I do I'll leave brushed, also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    I didnt want to deal with having to polish the thing all the time or have to clear coat it. I was able to save 87 grams off the frame weight in paint.
    This looks perfect to me and is exactly what I want. I also prefer it to the highly polished look and you don't have as much "maintenance" hassle. Can you tell me exactly what your process was? What grades of steal wool did you use, etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Use some type of paint stripper (read and follow the directions carefully) to remove the paint from the bike frame. "Aircraft Stripper" in a spray can seems to get the best results.

    Sand and/or use steel wool in finer grades until you have a nice "brushed" look and all of the paint has been removed.

    Buy a small jar of "Mother's Aluminum Polish" and scrap cotton cloths (old t-shirts) and polish the frame.

    All done!
    To get it polished, you won't be able to go from steel wool brushed straight to Mothers. You can rub till it catches on fire with mothers at that point before it polishes up. After going over with 0000 steel wool, you'll need to wet sand with paper. Soak the paper in water over night. Start at 500 grit and work your way up to 2000 grit. Wear gloves and don't get the Al on your skin. Then polish with Mothers. Then you'll have this:

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    Here is what I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    This looks perfect to me and is exactly what I want. I also prefer it to the highly polished look and you don't have as much "maintenance" hassle. Can you tell me exactly what your process was? What grades of steal wool did you use, etc.?
    I started with a can of Klean gel stripper that I got at Home Depot. Brushed it on and let is sit until the paint started to peal up. Then I pressure washed it and recoated it with more stripper. It took several applications to get all the paint off. Some areas came right off, others required some elbow grease. I ended up using the entire can. I then used a wire wheel brush on my drill to get spots on the welds and cracks and crevices that the stripper wouldnt remove. I then buffed the whole thing with scotchbrite pads and finished it with fine steel wool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Sorry to be a thread hog guys, but I'm really interested in doing this. Anyway, where did you guys find decals/stickers?
    A while back when I used to race bmx my dad re-finished a set of forks and handlebars for me. I was a little upset that I lost the decals so I sent an email to the company that made the parts. They ended up sending me a bunch of new stickers for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorTC View Post
    A while back when I used to race bmx my dad re-finished a set of forks and handlebars for me. I was a little upset that I lost the decals so I sent an email to the company that made the parts. They ended up sending me a bunch of new stickers for free.
    Trek says right on their website that they don't have decals avialible. I did find some on Ebay, but now I'm thinking about just keeping it bare. Stickers would probably look great if they are applied right. If you do a bad job applying them, it would mess up the whole look.

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    Vinyl Lettering | Custom Vinyl Lettering - These guys do custom lettering at a good price. But after all that work, why give someone else free advertisement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Stickers would probably look great if they are applied right. If you do a bad job applying them, it would mess up the whole look.
    I worried about the same thing until I found out how you could make your own vinyl application fluid out of dish soap and water. It worked like a champ.

    I was able to gently move the decals around until I had them lined up just how I wanted them. Once everything dried I pulled off the backing and the decals have stayed on without issue.

    If you're interested, details and pics here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    I worried about the same thing until I found out how you could make your own vinyl application fluid out of dish soap and water. It worked like a champ.

    I was able to gently move the decals around until I had them lined up just how I wanted them. Once everything dried I pulled off the backing and the decals have stayed on without issue.

    If you're interested, details and pics here...
    Marpilli,

    That does look pretty cool. You did a good job. BTW, is that a Lizard Skin carbon chainstay protector on there? I was think about adding one of those. Do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Marpilli,

    That does look pretty cool. You did a good job. BTW, is that a Lizard Skin carbon chainstay protector on there? I was think about adding one of those. Do you like it?
    Thank you. It's just some generic carbon chain stay protector. Once I realized it didn't have much coverage I just wrapped the chain stay with gorilla tape instead. Looks good to me and it was cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdj View Post
    Trek says right on their website that they don't have decals avialible. I did find some on Ebay, but now I'm thinking about just keeping it bare. Stickers would probably look great if they are applied right. If you do a bad job applying them, it would mess up the whole look.
    Go to your local sign shop. They will be able to make stickers for you. My guy makes stuff for me all the time and it's cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    To get it polished, you won't be able to go from steel wool brushed straight to Mothers. You can rub till it catches on fire with mothers at that point before it polishes up. After going over with 0000 steel wool, you'll need to wet sand with paper. Soak the paper in water over night. Start at 500 grit and work your way up to 2000 grit. Wear gloves and don't get the Al on your skin. Then polish with Mothers.
    Oh my that is nice.
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