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    great work guys - love the silver look.

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    This is my SX Trail, stripped to raw metal and brush-polished.

    Let's see your raw aluminium!-sxtss2.jpg

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    Finally Done!

    Well I just thought everybody might like to see the finished product. I finally got in the last bits and pieces and finshed it up tonight. Hopefully I'll be able to get out for a ride tomorrow.






    Hope you all like it. Thanks for all the inspiration.
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    WOW - Fantastic. All that hard work paid off. What did you think of the whole process and how it turned out? Have a great ride....

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    Some of these look pretty good.
    Here's my 80's Polished Cannondale SS commuter:

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    Sorry about the photo quality, but here's my raw coiler.

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    The old Orange 222 I did didn't turn out that great, it dulled relatively quickly. My Giant STP stays looking pretty reasonable (nothing like the polished job some of you guys have done though!). I'd love to spend the time and polish her up better though.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    What did you think of the whole process and how it turned out?
    If you spread the sanding and polishing out over a week or two it's not too bad, almost enjoyed it. Over-all i'm very happy with how it came out.

    I could have went a few grits higher with the paper, but I decided that a 1995 frame should remain to look like a 1995 frame. I didn't want to be able to shave in it.

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    Here's mine:





    I posted a bit more about it in this thread:Generic Polished Silver. I stripped the powdercoat using Zipstrip and then I used the tried and true sand paper going up to 1000 grit before moving on to the Mother's polish.



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    RB Monster AM 07

    Hereīs my Monster is color called "Brutal finish"
    Hand made in Czech Republic - wicked bike
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FrLWpTMNVKMfjp3JcLbn4w?authkey=Gv1sRgCM-nuLK7_sOcGg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_YnZKWCRpr_w/S0LiHWO9n3I/AAAAAAAAEm0/dk-dOfI-Xg4/s800/P1060718.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/ondra.kozubek/HomeRiding?authkey=Gv1sRgCM-nuLK7_sOcGg&feat=embedwebsite">Home riding</a></td></tr></table>
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    Mine came ball burnished with decals and clearcoted.

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    Then and Now

    I posted on this over in the Titus forum but the short of is that I spent the last month rebuilding/restoring my 7 year old Quasi-Moto.

    I think she came out pretty nice. Long Live Raw Aluminum!


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    im thinking about doing this on my dj bike...how long does it usually take for the stripper to take the paint off? im not going to polish it. just want to ditch the paint...ive heard weeks (but with polishing) and as little as a 2-3 days...

    ill be doing it with aircraft paint remover, so it should take it off fine. i just want to know how long im out of a bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbosbiker
    how long does it usually take for the stripper to take the paint off? im not going to polish it. just want to ditch the paint...ive heard weeks (but with polishing) and as little as a 2-3 days...
    A decent paint stripper will lift the paint in minutes, but getting the whole frame free of paint will take you an hour or so, not including prep. work (like stripping the frame of components and, if applicable, dismantling suspension components and masking bearings).

    It really is a genuine "rainy day" project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    A decent paint stripper will lift the paint in minutes, but getting the whole frame free of paint will take you an hour or so, not including prep. work (like stripping the frame of components and, if applicable, dismantling suspension components and masking bearings).

    It really is a genuine "rainy day" project.
    well i can strip the bike down in under 5 min. the headset is sealed, so is just bearings on the frame, and that slides out. that solves the front wheel. the back is qr. and the bb just threads out no problem. its a hardtail so i dont have to pull out bearings..

    so 1 day of no riding to get it raw?


    and how will the aluminum hold up to winter conditions? like road salt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbosbiker
    and how will the aluminum hold up to winter conditions? like road salt...
    Salt and corrosion is a non issue with aluminium. And if your not going to polish it you won't even notice it oxidize!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    Salt and corrosion is a non issue with aluminium. And if your not going to polish it you won't even notice it oxidize!
    thats what i thought...i just wanted to make sure..i usually wipe my bike down after winter rides anyways...

    i cant wait to get to the autoshop and grab a can and get to work. im definatly going to wait for a rainy day though..

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    Raw bikes are where it is at. Show off that beautiful metal!

    Here's my Sinister, I was gonna paint it but those welds are too sexy. Best thing about it is every once in a while take some scotch-brite to it and it looks good as new.





    Here's my latest project. The new (to me) DH frame. It's all steel so it's gonna be rawed/cleared swing arm with a "kermit green" front triangle


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    heres my baby. i just finished her up today. it took roughly 4 hours of buffing and waiting. all i did was use a little steel wool to give a little shine to it. but i will never use a bit of polish on it.
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    1999 Trek 8000. finished it a week ago.






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    so if u strip it, polish it, then laquer it, will it stay shiny without the constant polishing?
    who put that tree there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ineedanewbike
    so if u strip it, polish it, then laquer it, will it stay shiny without the constant polishing?
    Lacquer? Can you even buy lacquer any more?

    By polishing it you are reducing the size of the pores in the aluminum, helping to keep dirt and grime out and making it easier to clean. You will have to polish it everyonce and a while to keep it looking new.
    Your other option is clear-coat. I would go for some sore of enamel as it is tough and fairly resistant to chips and scuffs.

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    You can also powder coat it clear. This will
    probably be the most heavy duty finish.

    Best, John

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    haha i dunno but theres some in my basement...

    Quote Originally Posted by greengreer
    Lacquer? Can you even buy lacquer any more?

    By polishing it you are reducing the size of the pores in the aluminum, helping to keep dirt and grime out and making it easier to clean. You will have to polish it everyonce and a while to keep it looking new.
    Your other option is clear-coat. I would go for some sore of enamel as it is tough and fairly resistant to chips and scuffs.
    thought about clear coat. maybe i could chrome plate it ....
    who put that tree there?

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    bling bling


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    Aluminum vs Magnesium

    Any difference with magnesium parts? I just stripped the ano off my `05 Dorado crowns, thinking it was aluminum, and then came across an article saying they`re magnesium. Looks like raw aluminum to me.... polishing up nicely. But worried I may have made a mistake, the whole thing will collapse under me, etc.

    Any one know? I have no freakin idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dopaminer
    Any difference with magnesium parts? I just stripped the ano off my `05 Dorado crowns, thinking it was aluminum, and then came across an article saying they`re magnesium. Looks like raw aluminum to me.... polishing up nicely. But worried I may have made a mistake, the whole thing will collapse under me, etc.

    Any one know? I have no freakin idea...
    If it looks like raw aluminum and it is polishing up nicely it probably IS raw aluminum because you cannot produce a high shine on magnesium. You can clean and remove oxidization from magnesium, but you cannot polish it. My guess that your fork lowers are magnesium and your crown is in fact aluminum.
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    You can not anodize aluminum. It must
    of been some other type of finish.

    Best, John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl
    You can not anodize aluminum.
    Best, John

    Wow. A whole new paradigm!

    I`m guessing you mean, `You can`t anodize magnesium`, which is really useful information and I thank you. If you do mean that aluminum can`t be anodized, then all I can say is, Welcome to Earth! We do things a little different on our planet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl
    You can not anodize aluminum. It must of been some other type of finish.
    Quote Originally Posted by dopaminer
    Wow. A whole new paradigm!

    I`m guessing you mean, `You can`t anodize magnesium`, which is really useful information and I thank you. If you do mean that aluminum can`t be anodized, then all I can say is, Welcome to Earth! We do things a little different on our planet!
    Magnesium can be anodised, although I believe it is for paint priming or low-evel corrosion protection. Of course, you're correct about about aluminium - anyone who's ever thrown their leg over a modern mountain bike knows that aluminium can be anodised, and anodised into an array of lovely colours!!

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    My bad, I did mean magnesium. I should know
    better I worked in a shop and anodized parts for
    over 25 years. I've never heard of a type of anodize
    for magnesium, but we use to use what is called
    a sodium dichromate finish. It came out a dark
    grey. Also you can polish magnesium, it just
    doesn't come out real good. The term mag wheels
    for cars is because they use to be made out
    of magnesium. If you look at old photos of cars
    some of the wheels are polished.

    Best, John

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    Finaly got around to stripping my Haro Thread 8 Dirt jumper

    Previous owner had rattle canned it without even taking the headset or the BB out.

    I was a little tentative to take on the project but it went quite smooth. 1 week's worth of allowance (30 bucks) bought everything needed:

    Jasco epoxy/paint remover
    good gloves
    paint tin
    brushes
    drop cloth
    steel wool
    plastic bristle brush

    Like i said, things went really well (only 2 chemical burns, should have put on pants not shorts!)
    the jasco stuff is powerfull! Don't hesitate! try this yourself!






    The jasco tin says 15 minutes but within 2 minutes i could hear the popping and crackling of the paint bubbling off:


    that was one coat of jasco (quarter tin at most) but i had missed quite a few spots - washed it off with water and did another coat of jasco





    water and soap gets the goop off

    all done! (polished with coarse then medium steel wool) (cat not part of the project)


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    latest pictures of my Trek 99' 8000






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    nice bike. care to share how you went abt doing it?

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    I stripped the frame with Aircraft stripper. Sanded with 220grt-1500grt wet sandpaper. Then buffed it out with Mother's mag polish, and a terri cloth.

    After all the mud, that's how nice it comes out every time it's cleaned.

    The frame is like a mirror, no scratch marks whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    After too much time trying everything under the sun. Here they are.
    Great looking frame. You have to post some pics of the complete bike. BTW what is it? Kind of Old School.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2
    Great looking frame. You have to post some pics of the complete bike. BTW what is it? Kind of Old School.
    Yeah it's old school. It's a 1995 Gary Fisher Paragon. Now that GF is no more I kind of wish I left the paint on it. Oh well it still looks way better than it did.

    Their are some pics on the first page of this thread. But here's one for ya.


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    Those polished frames look so dope, I think Iīm gonna do that when mine is too beat up too.

    Donīt forget to clear coat it, aluminum donīt like water (hydolysis or something) try putting water in a raw aluminum pan for a week and youīll see.

    The best things to polish aluminum with is toothpaste and ketchup, Not at the same time. And thats no joke either. You get much better finish than the commercial pastes, and faster.
    D8 is now off the hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alivio
    The best things to polish aluminum with is toothpaste and ketchup, Not at the same time. And thats no joke either. You get much better finish than the commercial pastes, and faster.
    Toothpaste is a mild abrasive so it makes sense that it would polish aluminum. Ketchup???? I don't get it....
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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....

    Me neither but the guys who polish nose cones of turboprop engines like it, and they do a lot of it so who am I to say its not true.
    D8 is now off the hook.

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    Super hot thread. Love this look. If/when I thrash the paint on mine, I'm going to do this.

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    Needed a place to post pix and not sure where it belongs (bike thinks it's a DJ, I think I freeride but both prolly AM ).

    KHS DJ50 POS, my first 26" but barely better than an entry level, it was yellow and a few nooks still are.

    Rims, cranks and a few other things have already been replaced, eventually, it all will be.
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    where did you get those silver cranks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yakmastermax
    where did you get those silver cranks?
    sanded truvativ

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMeX
    sanded truvativ
    All truvativs look better sanded
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    Sand blasted Santa Cruz Heckler frame with a bit of a steel wool finishing:



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    Nothing like some of the shiny rigs I've seen in this thread, but I've changed some of the spec so here is my beauty again...


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    iv always wanted to polish a bike frame. my son and i just finished this 12inch jamis 26inch wheeled bike. enjoy!
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    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?

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