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    Naughty aluminum frames!

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    ^^^ Nice.

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    This thread just keeps going....glad to see all the "naked beauty"!

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    My Mongoose Amplifier as I first built it and as it is now.

    I couldn't resist the Noleen fork even though the bike has lost its 'purity'
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelb View Post
    My Mongoose Amplifier as I first built it and as it is now.

    I couldn't resist the Noleen fork even though the bike has lost its 'purity'
    The Noleen linkage fork is beautiful. You'll never need an excuse to put one on a fun XC bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    76 years of oxidation can be harder to get off than paint.
    Amazing.

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    2 polished giants

    Here's 2 of mine. A STP frame and a built up XTC.


















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    Quote Originally Posted by amrjon View Post
    Here's 2 of mine. A STP frame and a built up XTC.
    Wow, you did a pretty nice job both polishing and taking pictures. My compliments to you!
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    Not a bike, but the hood on a first generation Miata is aluminum.... Took a few hours, but ended up with this:

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    Heres my giant AC:

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    Aluminum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donmac70 View Post
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    Am I missing something like a picture?
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Not allowed pic until I've had enough posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Am I missing something like a picture?
    Quote Originally Posted by Donmac70 View Post
    Not allowed pic until I've had enough posts
    So he is basically posting nothing in order to get his post count up.

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    Wanted to post pic, wasn't allowed so I still posted what I have. Thanks for the snide remark!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh, don't mention it! Anytime you're willing to waste my time with a post about nothing, I'm willing to give out, "snide" comments. Now I'm going to give negative rep.

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    Taken in Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltdan12a View Post
    Not a bike, but the hood on a first generation Miata is aluminum.... Took a few hours, but ended up with this:
    No, not a bike but pretty darn awesome anyway. Thanks for posting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan View Post
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    Did you get the frame raw or did you strip it? Been wanting to strip my Spot.

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    this thread makes me want to strip the paint on my Norco Range. You guys are doing good.
    I've got a new rear triangle my ride that is anodized though and I'm considering whether or not I polish that, or part of it, and the anodized swing arm. I'll see. where do you guys go for frame decals?

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    After drooling over all the beautiful raw and polished rides on this thread I finally took the plunge to strip my 06 Fisher Tassajara. Lets just say it didnt go very well. Apparently my frame is powder coated or something because after 2 can of stripper and 5hrs of application my frame is still coated with a gray primer like coating that the stripper cant seem to remove. Suggestions? I was thinking of wet sanding it off however Im not sure of what to do in the more intricate areas such as the drop outs and cable guides. What grit paper should I start and end with if I go that route? Or should I just take it to a media blast company? I just wanna get my bike back together. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclesnIPAs View Post
    After drooling over all the beautiful raw and polished rides on this thread I finally took the plunge to strip my 06 Fisher Tassajara. Lets just say it didnt go very well. Apparently my frame is powder coated or something because after 2 can of stripper and 5hrs of application my frame is still coated with a gray primer like coating that the stripper cant seem to remove. Suggestions? I was thinking of wet sanding it off however Im not sure of what to do in the more intricate areas such as the drop outs and cable guides. What grit paper should I start and end with if I go that route? Or should I just take it to a media blast company? I just wanna get my bike back together. Any help is greatly appreciated!
    I hate to be a buzz kill but I would say "abort mission" on trying to do it yourself at this point. If you have already put a few hours using some good nasty paint remover and you're not seeing raw aluminum then you are going to have a hell of time when you get into the small dropout and BB areas.

    I would find a local metal polishing house and let them have a look at it and have them do the blasting/stripping for you at least. You can still do the fine polishing yourself to give it a personal touch, but believe me it can be a royal PITA to get into some spots even if you have a frame that is cooperating. Just my $.02 Good luck.

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    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.

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    Good decision if you want to get your rig back on the trail sooner rather than later. Do a quick search and you might be surprised how many metal blasting places around.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amrjon View Post
    Here's 2 of mine. A STP frame and a built up XTC.

















    Very nice, waiting to see the STP built up.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. :-)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    It's pretty easy. Open free account at Photobucket, store your pics there. Copy the IMG link from there and Paste it here.

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    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.

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    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......


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    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......

    Nice. Kinda resembles an old school titanium 'goose frame I saw at a bike shop recently.

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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
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    current build up of Spec Hardrock "Nuttin' Special"
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    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.
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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

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    She's not a mountain bike, but she's still raw aluminum.
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    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.
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    decals help make it look legit
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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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    Raw Giant Trance

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    Original Brushed Aluminum finish after removing paint. I used Mother's Aluminum polish to brighten and protect it a littLet's see your raw aluminium!-trancesaleframedetail.jpgLet's see your raw aluminium!-trancesaleleftshock.jpgLet's see your raw aluminium!-trancesalelarge.jpgle bit.

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    Powder removed, Mother's applied.





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    my Trek CNC Rail.
    clear coat over aluminum. Perhaps a clear Powder coat.


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    Painted a riigid steel fork and the steel rear stays "aluminum paint" to match.



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    Let's see your raw aluminium!-9187341079_4686180b4c_c.jpg

    My new Gary Fisher Rig

    I had more luck with fine steel wool and mothers polish, than sandpaper but I'm going to hit it with 2000 grit next

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    Misfit Dissent...yesterday it was flat black.
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    You did that in 1 day? How?

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    Two days really. Stripped it on Tuesday and started polishing with steel wool. I finished it yesterday. I wasn't going for a mirror shine so it didn't take too long. I had a ride planned this morning so I had a little incentive.
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    Bumping this thread because I underwent paint stripping project this past weekend. I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile and it was fairly simple. I removed the rear triangle off my Yeti 303 RDH and went to town on it. Here's the finished product.



    It only cost me about $20 in materials from Home Depot:

    Kleen Strip spray paint stripper
    rubber gloves
    Brasso metal polish
    Gorilla tape
    very fine steel wool
    Rustoleum clear spray paint
    Wire brush attachment for Dremel/drill

    I read up a lot about this process and wanted to do it much simpler.

    Step 1: clean/hose down rear triangle, tape over bearings with Gorilla tape.

    Step 2: place the triangle on a piece of cardboard and spray away with the paint stripper. Let sit for 15 minutes.

    Step 3: the paint should be falling off by now. With rubber gloves on (and preferably long sleeves/pants; even a drop will burn your skin) start scrubbing the paint off the with steel wool. About 80% of the paint came off the first spray.

    Step 4: Once you've scrubbed most the paint off, hose off the stripped paint. Spray the whole thing again with the stripper to get the remaining paint off. Let sit for another 15 minutes.

    Step 5: Keep scrubbing with the steel wool, hose it off again. Now is the tedious part. I used a wire brush Dremel attachment to grind off the stubborn paint. This may take awhile but its worth it to get it 100% paint free.

    Step 6: Use the Brasso and a wet piece of steel wool to begin polishing. The more you polish, the shinier it gets.

    Step 7: Keep using the Brasso but polish with a dry terry cloth. Polish more for a shiny look or less for a raw look.

    Step 8: Apply 2-3 coats of clear spray paint, let it dry, reinstall.

    I may do the whole frame, but that would be a substantial project. I definitely recommend this as an inexpensive way to spruce up a bike that may have some beat up paint.
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    ^ Nice job. Are you going to polish it?

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    He clear coated it, so too late to polish it. I would have skipped the clearcoat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    He clear coated it, so too late to polish it. I would have skipped the clearcoat.
    Yeah, and I read that part to. In one eye and out the other, I guess.

    I would have also left it uncleared. And I definitely wouldn't use a can clear. But, I guess if it starts to flake off, he can drown it in paint stripper again to get it off. I'd mirror polish it and leave it at that. Then, hit it with Mothers ever 6 months or so.

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    I did polish it a bit. I didn't want to the shiny mirror look, I like the raw aluminum finish.
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    Raw chainstay

    Decided to remove the chipped and scratched paint from my chainstay...
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    You Know, Lizard Skins makes a protector for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkosan View Post
    Did you get the frame raw or did you strip it? Been wanting to strip my Spot.
    Was bought raw
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    raw Rumble, 69'ed.
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    Trek 4300

    Ok guys, this is still work in progress, but thank you very much for inspiration and encouragement to take this on. My main inspiration was another owner of 4300 a few pages back.

    This was a 2001 Trek 4300. Despite everyone advise not to upgrade this bike, I did it anyway. So far I am very happy. Could have I gotten a better bike on craigslist with total cost? Maybe. But I could not say I built it. This bike was purchased on caigslist for $150.

    So far here is what Ive upgraded:

    Rockshox XC30 tk
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    Avid Single digit 7 rear V brake w/Kool Stop pads
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    All new Jagwire blue cables

    I'am still waiting for some of the stuff to arrive. For the most part bike should be complete in a week.



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    2006 xtc

    Sanded down to 400 grit wet/dry and polished with Mother's.

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    What's the name of the paint stripper stuff you used, and what's the best tool for getting welds and cable guides.
    Also I've been able to chip away the paint with a putty knife... It literally just flakes away with little effort, and there also is a white primer layer. I So basically what I'm wondering is if I will need the same stripper because I doubt powder coating flakes like mine has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    What's the name of the paint stripper stuff you used, and what's the best tool for getting welds and cable guides.
    Also I've been able to chip away the paint with a putty knife... It literally just flakes away with little effort, and there also is a white primer layer. I So basically what I'm wondering is if I will need the same stripper because I doubt powder coating flakes like mine has.
    Use Aircraft Paint Remover. Can be found at local autopart store, goes for around $10 per can. I used 2 cans but could of gotten away with one. Then you can use a wire brush or they sell a drill bit that has a metal brush on the end at local hardware store for around $6-10. I used sandpaper 150,300,600 to get the buff I wanted. Every one here seems to be using Mothers polish but I found something else thats a bit more expensive but works a lot faster and easier. Its called White Diamond Metal Polish and Sealant. That was $15 at Advance Auto Parts store. After polishing it I used some WD40 and wiped it all over with a rug to give it dirty metal look.

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    I'm done stripping my Blur LT frame but I found that there is a lot of difference between the front triangle vs rear triangle, the aluminum looks way different, more dull and with more texture.

    how can I get a nice finish on both? I don't wanna go to shiny
    already remove all the paint, and did a little bit of steel wool. do I need to use sandpaper?
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    Steel wool should work. Get different grades. I think coarse steel wool all in one direction will give it more of a brushed look. Then go finer if you want it shinier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Here's a Yeti 575 polished to a mirror finish. Not my bike. Yeti 575 Frame Polished to a Mirror Finish...Photos Inside
    WOW! That's the best polished aluminum i ever saw. Looks like Hutch BMX chromoly steel, or better! I know not yours, but do you know the cost for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheeSuperUberV View Post
    WOW! That's the best polished aluminum i ever saw. Looks like Hutch BMX chromoly steel, or better! I know not yours, but do you know the cost for that?
    That does look nice. Wouldn't mind that on my Camber with white writing on it.

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    So this is the most recent pic of my bike... I'm going to strip the paint, and I'm going to buy a set of Raleigh stickers. What I want help deciding is the color.
    Let me know what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    So this is the most recent pic of my bike... I'm going to strip the paint, and I'm going to buy a set of Raleigh stickers. What I want help deciding is the color.
    Let me know what you think.
    14 Set Raleigh Decals Stickers Frames Bicycles Bikes 11" Colors Available A59M | eBay
    I think it would look best with no Raleigh stickers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I think it would look best with no Raleigh stickers.
    Should I put some On One or maybe Santa Cruz stickers on it instead haha....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    Should I put some On One or maybe Santa Cruz stickers on it instead haha....
    I like to keep it simple. Maybe just one small sticker on the seat tube by the bottom bracket "Hand Built by Richard Cunningham"

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    Raw Raleigh

    Almost Done, just waiting for stickers ^
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    Looks good just like that

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    It does but I want something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    It does but I want something like this.
    If you want that, why are you hanging out here?

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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. Then you'll have this:
    i-i cap. over and uot.(oops...I mean out)
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    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.
    thanks
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    Glad I found this thread.
    I got some silver P35 rims to go along with my silver '08 Performance Access frame. The rims and frame are not actually "silver" so to speak...more like gray. I got some silver stems (Giant) from blueskycycling.com for 7 bucks a pop...but missed the Cromag polished h-bars on sale on Amazon for 39. I have some Syncros 7075 white riser bars...so I thought maybe I could strip them to raw. So I googled for help,and wound up here. I got a silver seatpost and silver hubs...so it's game-on.
    ...Just shows again. It's all on MTBR. I'm gonna name the all-silver bike..."Quiksilver"
    I even found some Quiksilver stickers on ebay...while searching out Trek stickers mentioned in this thread. So here we go.....
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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!

    Well it took me 4 days to do it, but finally it's finished!

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    this thread inspired me to strip my 2009 specialized fsr xc. i couldnt be happier with the results.











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    Me too!

    Various projects from last year to last week (2009 Heckler, 2009 Steel SE DJ Flyer, 2011 Turner DHR). Okay, the Heckler was chromed instead but it's still shiny! Lol!
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    Just finish working on my frame
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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!

    Let's see your raw aluminium!-uploadfromtaptalk1395633948824.jpg

    My 2005 Giant Team DH. Took about a week to do everything but I love the way it came out.

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    That must be Terminator's bike^^^^^

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    You guys suck

    Couldn't resist after going through this thread. Jasco - sucked so bad, then had a local abrasives guy do a light glass bead blast for a uniform look and to get the nooks and crannies. Came out with a nice satin macbook-esce finish. Seems to be pretty high maintenance though, so I'll probably hit it with some Mother's at some point.

    Super pumped about it though. Rode today and my bike definitely rides lighter, faster, feels more bottomless and tracks like never before

    Also definitely need a kashima rear shock. Let's see your raw aluminium!-raw2.jpgLet's see your raw aluminium!-raw3.jpgLet's see your raw aluminium!-raw1.jpg

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    Bluebeat007 - that looks like a no-nonsense machine. Nice work! The raw, less polished industrial look is what appeals to me. Scratch? What scratch?

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    That bike's the HEAT without the decals. Nice job on the strip and brush!

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    Let's see your raw aluminium!-mpuw76u.jpg

    Walnut shell blasted my cannondale road frame, wasn't too much more expensive than supplies to chemically strip so I figured I'd save myself the risk of burns.

    So if i wanted a more brushed look, I would just take some 3m scotchbrite or sandpaper and scrub it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by penser View Post
    Bluebeat007 - that looks like a no-nonsense machine. Nice work! The raw, less polished industrial look is what appeals to me. Scratch? What scratch?
    Ha!!! Exactly!!! Updated pic.
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    Damn, some nice looking frames in this thread.

    I have a question though. I'm getting a frame that will have a raw Al finish on it and I'd like to shoot for the super high polish that I see on some frames here to match my Rolling Darryl rim. However I'm also getting some custom decals made for it as well. I know the frame will look fantastic for a few months after being polished, but how would you go about 'touching up' the finish when you notice oxidizing? I have no problem re-polishing with Mothers or something like that, but I'm concerned about getting around the decals. I want it to look good, but I also don't want to tear up the decals.

    How do you guys do it?

    Also, does polishing the Al make it more susceptible to water and salt?

    Oh, and one more thing, is it possible to get into all of the tights spots without having to resort to powertools? The frame is only raw aluminum, so I don't have to strip anything. I should just be able to wet sand and polish with Mothers no? Wet sanding with water is okay? Or should you use mineral spirits or somthing like that?

    Thanks!
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    I stripped my frame down with stripper, sanded it and steel wooled it. I had some trouble with the welds and tight spots though. I also hope someone chimes in. If it's too much trouble, I'm just gonna paint it and call it a day.LOL
    I'm thinking maybe a drill and a disc might help though.It looks pretty nice so far with the Mother's Mag polish though. I also stripped my Recon fork lowers too...but then I heard the magnesium lowers will corrode quickly and paint doesn't stick well to magnesium.I guess it will turn out OK if I keep the maintenance up though.
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    The welds are probably what I'm most concerned with. Getting around cable guides and stuff like that could be tricky too.

    I'd rather stick to just hand sanding if I can.

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    Good job!

    So this thread helped me decide to commit to strip/polish my bike. Rather than repost all the pics and descriptions, I'll link to the post I put in the Turner forum. There's lots of pics and some descriptions of what I went through.

    Finally dug into polishing my frame! PIC HEAVY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve77 View Post
    Mine came raw from the factory but it's so nice I'm surprised more brands don't offer it

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    Dude this bike made me cream a lil bit. Im so jelly. NICE WHIP
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    Let's see your raw aluminium!

    Love raw
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