• 08-18-2014
    tuffguy
    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.
  • 08-23-2014
    Shredman69
    3 Attachment(s)
    Here's my raw Uzzi and Nomad.
  • 08-23-2014
    smilinsteve
    Nice seat cover :D
  • 08-23-2014
    Shredman69
    Lol, thanks. It's actually not a cover. I added the tassels around the base of the seat.:thumbsup:
  • 08-23-2014
    cberry
    1 Attachment(s)
    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.
  • 08-29-2014
    rapsac
    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!




  • 08-29-2014
    Zac808
    1 Attachment(s)
    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!
    Intense SpiderAttachment 919444
  • 08-29-2014
    kragu
    Let's see your raw aluminium!




  • 09-07-2014
    rapsac
    5 Attachment(s)
    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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  • 09-15-2014
    scar4me
    5 Attachment(s)
    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:
    Attachment 923655

    Then I re-anodised the small parts red, drilled out stealth routing and built her up:
    Attachment 923658
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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:
    Attachment 923657

    All in ~28lb, not bad for a 170mm travel F&R Alu bike :)


    Scar
  • 10-19-2014
    toolunch
    2 Attachment(s)
    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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  • 10-19-2014
    toolunch
    3 Attachment(s)
    GT Before and after
    Here goes guys before and after pictures

    Bloody hard work this was but well worth it:)Attachment 932476Attachment 932477
  • 11-29-2014
    blundar
    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.
  • 12-08-2014
    cjordancain
    1 Attachment(s)
    Just got it reassembled tonight! Attachment 945227
  • 12-11-2014
    alicerr
    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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    accessoires mobile
    etui iPad mini 3
  • 12-11-2014
    blundar
    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!


    --------------------------

    **Google translation**
    Nobody wants to show their baby? You put all that hard work in, let everyone see why it was so worth it !
  • 12-13-2014
    ron m.
    3 Attachment(s)
    Latest Update
    Latest changes: polished bar, polished seat post, new rims, new seat, new grips.
  • 12-14-2014
    beerdrinker
  • 12-15-2014
    Shredman69
    Good job man, looks great!
  • 12-16-2014
    slapheadmofo
    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. :confused:

    Sinister DNA by Frank the Welder



    Sinister Shenanigan (Devinci Hectik faiap)

  • 01-11-2015
    jackspade
    1 Attachment(s)
    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 :D
  • 01-28-2015
    Fparra
    2 Attachment(s)
    Chameleon MKIV
    Never Build it up... loving raw finish... clear gloss coating...


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  • 02-15-2015
    saddle pimp
    Quote:

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


    Attachment 959505

    Attachment 959506

    cool...how many coats for the clear coat?
  • 02-15-2015
    Fparra
    This has 2 Coats... I think that more is better... think 4 coats is perfection!!!
  • 02-18-2015
    Gasket-Jeff
    5 Attachment(s)
    Yolo n+1
    Done. This was an '07 Santa Cruz VP-Free. Now its my main ride
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  • 02-18-2015
    GRAVELBIKE
    Clear-coated aluminum:

  • 02-18-2015
    blundar
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    Clear-coated aluminum:


    OMG! That is absolutely gorgeous!
  • 02-18-2015
    GRAVELBIKE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blundar View Post
    OMG! That is absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanjks. It's been neglected lately due to the unpredictable weather here in Colorado.
  • 05-26-2015
    DBR
    Hey all, about to polish a raw aluminum frame, but I was wondering if its okay to put vinyl decals on afterwards? Or should I go ahead and apply the decals? Thanks!
  • 05-26-2015
    smilinsteve
    Sure you can. Why not?
  • 06-21-2015
    tuffguy
    2 Attachment(s)
    An update on my polished frame
    I posted a link to the Turner forum a while ago about the polishing job I did on my Turner 5 Spot, and have since further blinged it out a little bit. I wanted something unique and completely out of place in mountain biking, so obviously I went with polished and gold accents! every few weeks I'll polish up the top tube, gusset, and handlebar, and when motivated I'll go ahead and touch up the downtube, headtube, and rear triangle. In the future, I'll add a gold stem and eventually a gold reverb dropper cable or finally get rid of it for cable actuated, who knows.


    Attachment 997289

    Magnificent 7 in Moab
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  • 06-23-2015
    kragu
    1 Attachment(s)
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail

    Attachment 997769
  • 07-01-2015
    rapsac
  • 07-01-2015
    Shredman69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail

    Attachment 997769

    Sweet ride bro! How do u like it? I thought about getting one, but my Uzzy is still too good and too new. I would need a DM derailleur though since I roll a 2x.
  • 07-01-2015
    kragu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shredman69 View Post
    Sweet ride bro! How do u like it? I thought about getting one, but my Uzzy is still too good and too new. I would need a DM derailleur though since I roll a 2x.

    More and more every ride as I get it dialed in. It rides really light, but I'm also discovering it's more forgiving than initial rides. The new school geo is pretty sweet...2" longer TT than my previous bike, yet somehow it fits like a glove.
  • 07-01-2015
    Shredman69
    Nice! Yea, I read up on it and the geo sounds really good. Looks like it can be built up pretty light too. How much does it weigh? My Uzzi frame is burly, but kinda heavy at 8.3 lbs, but I was still able to get it down to 28 lbs without losing any durability. Nothing like Murican made aluminum!:cornut:
  • 07-01-2015
    kragu
    Let's see your raw aluminium!
    I haven't weighed it yet, but it's lighter than my Lenz which was at 30.5. I'd say a shade under 30, with the chain guide/bash guard, alu cranks, and wheels being heavy-ish items that I wouldn't necessarily trade in for weight purposes. Those weights are with pedals - CB Mallet 3. Frame weight is 7.1 before shock, so kinda heavy I guess. As I stated before, it rides so much lighter than that.
  • 07-16-2015
    Josh_W
    1 Attachment(s)
    Picked up a blue replacement frame for my cracked yellow one, and the combination was a little too close to Michigan colors, so off to the soda blaster it went...



    Update: All done!!''
    Attachment 1013070
  • 07-17-2015
    cberry
    2 Attachment(s)
    nothing close to money spent by you guys, but my ride that turns heads.
  • 07-22-2015
    Endurobro
    2 Attachment(s)
    the welds on my Megatrail are a work of art. best bike i have ever owned


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  • 08-05-2015
    pcmark
    1 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 1006585

    Ball Burnished Raw
  • 10-14-2015
    Clippers729
    50mm stem
    Need advice. Do I have to get new handle bars if I get a new stem or will my stock giant talon 690mm be okay?
  • 10-15-2015
    ljsmith
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clippers729 View Post
    Need advice. Do I have to get new handle bars if I get a new stem or will my stock giant talon 690mm be okay?

    FYI, this post is in the wrong thread. This thread is for raw aluminum frames. As to your question, it is impossible for me to know what you need as far as handlebars. Stem length and handlebar width are chosen to make you fit the bike and be comfortable. So you need to find a width handlebar that you are comfortable with and then get the correct length stem to put you in the correct position on the bike. You shouldn't just go and buy a 50mm stem because short stems are trendy now.
  • 10-15-2015
    Ducman
  • 10-29-2015
    snowwcold55
    3 Attachment(s)
    Hey boys and girls...

    I picked up a stripped aluminum frame from a dude I work with - he claims its an old Santa Cruz, but i'm not sold. The only thing I know is it's got a Fox Vanilla X Spring fork in it. Pics Below:

    Attachment 1025281

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    If anyone has any ideas - let me know. I want to build her back up to a beautiful lass, but I need to figure out her dimensions.

    Thanks!!!
  • 10-30-2015
    Shayne
    Santa Cruz Heckler circa 1997-8
  • 11-25-2015
    DBR
    Is that a vinyl decal on top of polished aluminum? If so, does it stick on well?
  • 12-08-2015
    ALUMINUMFALCON
    My Frankenstein project in 3/4 raw. A play on the factory paint scheme. The original was clear-coated over bare aluminum and decals and it looked horrible all scratched and dinged.

  • 12-28-2015
    tomcat551
    1 Attachment(s)
    Here is a pic of my latest project inspired by this thread. The frame is my first real mountain bike that i purchased back in 2001. The frame is a Avanti Pro Aggressor. I retired it back in 2009 as the chain stays had cracks in them. I couldn't come to terms of throwing the frame and it has lived in my roof until about 6 months ago when i gave it to a mate to repair the chain stays. I was not convinced with the colours as it looked ok in the photos but up close the paint work was ordinary due to years of riding and wear and tear. I found this thread and was set from there on to strip it back to the raw elements. Pretty happy with the result. Thanks everyone for the pics.:thumbsup:

    Tom
  • 04-07-2016
    vohiep
    sandman, that is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I really have to have one!
  • 05-03-2016
    JHouston
    I know this thread says "raw aluminum", but ive saw a few posted here that were polished up real nice. Now im considering goin that route, but id like to have some red in there and some white to balance out the white on my forks... My question is has anyone else done this?

    Asking bc it seems like the surface will be too slick to bond w the paint and clearcoat. Ive painted many cars, but anytime ive had to paint aluminum, an entire wheel, etc. it was completely sanded w sealer underneath first... Jus curious bc id like to break out the airbrush, but not even gna try if i cant protect it... Thx in advance!
  • 05-04-2016
    RSM
    1 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 1068146

    Almost finished - brakes and chainring should arrive anyday now.
  • 09-09-2016
    pressed001
    '95 GT Tempest bought for probably too much at 80 bucks then stripped, polished and rebuit. I used Sapim CX ray spokes and White Industry polished hubs to add a bit more bling. The original fork was chromed and is installed. The bike weights in at about 9.3kg.







    I really wouldn't mind a clear coat to protect the shine. I don't beat the bike up and the clear coat would save some hassle. I use aluminum polish (general metal polish) every few months to bring the shine back and add a layer of protection.











  • 09-12-2016
    ron m.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pressed001 View Post
    '95 GT Tempest bought for probably too much at 80 bucks then stripped, polished and rebuit. I used Sapim CX ray spokes and White Industry polished hubs to add a bit more bling. The original fork was chromed and is installed. The bike weights in at about 9.3kg.

    Wow... that just looks AMAZING!

    From my experience (and several I've read), clearcoating that thing would be virtually impossible... but good luck!
  • 09-12-2016
    ron m.
    2 Attachment(s)
    Here's an update to mine
    My new chromed out Turner and my hand polished Transition:

    Attachment 1093847
    My Turner in park mode:

    Attachment 1093848

    Here's a link to a better picture:

    in Alameda, California, United States - photo by microfiz - Pinkbike
  • 09-12-2016
    ron m.
    1 Attachment(s)
    Trail Mode:

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  • 09-12-2016
    Shredman69
    Sick builds bro!:cornut:
  • 09-19-2016
    npn
    A silly question I suppose -- I'm tempted to start my project of stripping down the clear coat and polishing it raw, but what about the stickers? Mine is a 1999 Marin and I can't fine stickers/decals anywhere on the net.

    TIA
  • 10-18-2016
    powerranger262
    This is a great thread! I can't wait to get through my noob/probationary stage, so that I can post a bike that I just picked up today. It's a caloi, that's raw aluminum, and now I think I am going to polish it after seeing all this work you guys did.
  • 01-07-2017
    PabloGT
    Made a start



    Thats about 2-3 hours in. Paint stripper first, then used coarse wire wool but in soapy water. Few little areas to get paint off then will give it a bit of a polish up.
  • 01-07-2017
    PabloGT
    Stick a fork in me!

    with flash
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/QQee48]
  • 01-07-2017
    npn
    Looks amazing! I assume the frame is not aluminum?

    Mine is, I started polishing it today and I'm about 2 hours in but it doesn't look no where near as shiny as yours.
  • 01-08-2017
    PabloGT
    Its defo alloy. Didn't mention the final steps on those last two pictures. After the wool I wet sanded with what I had to hand which was 1200, 1500 and 2500. I'd do this even if your going for the raw look as it makes it look a lot smoother. Tried 800 but it was putting more scratches in than taking out. After that I did the final polish with Autosol aluminium polish which is when you see the biggest change.

    Here you can see the closer chainstay polished with Autosol, lower is just wet sanded
  • 01-08-2017
    npn
    3 Attachment(s)
    I guess the Autosol makes all the difference, now I understand why our European friends are so crazy about it ;)

    This is what I have so far, and it's pretty raw:

    Attachment 1114468

    In this one you can see the upper arm done (90%) and the lower is the original:
    Attachment 1114469

    Same thing, with closeup on the upper:

    Attachment 1114467

    I really love the raw look, but it's so vulnerable - I hold the frame with my somewhat sweaty hands and it leaves prints that I need to scrub for 2 minutes each to get rid of them! Is that the same after Autosol?

    npn
  • 01-08-2017
    PabloGT
    You can still leave marks with sweaty palms, but should wipe away in less than 2 min.

    My bike is basically back together now, just need some stickers and gear tuning.
  • 01-08-2017
    npn
    Where do you get your stickers? I ended up making my own... very slow process
  • 01-08-2017
    PabloGT
    You can get some from ebay but they are not super accurate. Apparently some guy called Gil is the man to speak to for GT stickers.
  • 02-21-2017
    bikestudio
    Great It Looks Nice... Very good effort ...
  • 02-21-2017
    bikestudio
    Wow It Looks Great.... Very Nice...
  • 06-20-2017
    npn
    PabloGT - do you have a picture of the final bike?
  • 06-22-2017
    pressed001
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jgti View Post
    latest pictures of my Trek 99' 8000

    Gorgeous. Need more pics.
  • 06-22-2017
    PabloGT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by npn View Post
    PabloGT - do you have a picture of the final bike?

    20170126_133703 by The Pablo13, on Flickr
  • 06-22-2017
    SkolinIN
    1 Attachment(s)
  • 06-24-2017
    kragu
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
  • 06-24-2017
    ghughes.hesinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail

    That's Awesome!
  • 07-21-2017
    Richardwyngaard
    4 Attachment(s)
    Brushed Aluxx
    This was a long term weight weenie project that eventually led to stripping the frame. Going for brushed ALuxx right now, but may polish it up later.. not sure which I prefer LOL