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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
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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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    94 GT Zaskar
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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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