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    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.

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    Here's my raw Uzzi and Nomad.
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    Nice seat cover

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    Lol, thanks. It's actually not a cover. I added the tassels around the base of the seat.
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    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.
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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!





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    Re: Let's see your raw aluminium!

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    Let's see your raw aluminium!






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    Giant XTC 29 raw

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    Lets see your RAW aluminium!

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    Well it started life like this:
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    Then I re-anodised the small parts red, drilled out stealth routing and built her up:
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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:
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    All in ~28lb, not bad for a 170mm travel F&R Alu bike


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    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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    GT Before and after

    Here goes guys before and after pictures

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    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.

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    Just got it reassembled tonight! Let's see your raw aluminium!-img_20141208_174905.jpg

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    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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    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!


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    Latest Update

    Latest changes: polished bar, polished seat post, new rims, new seat, new grips.
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    Good job man, looks great!
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    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.

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    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
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    Chameleon MKIV

    Never Build it up... loving raw finish... clear gloss coating...


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


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    cool...how many coats for the clear coat?

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    This has 2 Coats... I think that more is better... think 4 coats is perfection!!!

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    Yolo n+1

    Done. This was an '07 Santa Cruz VP-Free. Now its my main ride
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    Clear-coated aluminum:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    Clear-coated aluminum:

    OMG! That is absolutely gorgeous!

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    OMG! That is absolutely gorgeous!
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    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!

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    Sure you can. Why not?

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    Cool-blue Rhythm 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.


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    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail

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    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.
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    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.

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    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!
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    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.

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    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...



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    nothing close to money spent by you guys, but my ride that turns heads.
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    the welds on my Megatrail are a work of art. best bike i have ever owned


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    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?

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    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.
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    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:

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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!!!

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    Is that a vinyl decal on top of polished aluminum? If so, does it stick on well?

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    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.


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    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.

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    sandman, that is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I really have to have one!

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    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!

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

    Almost finished - brakes and chainring should arrive anyday now.

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    '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.












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    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!

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    Here's an update to mine

    My new chromed out Turner and my hand polished Transition:

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    My Turner in park mode:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Stick a fork in me!

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    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.

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    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

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    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:

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    In this one you can see the upper arm done (90%) and the lower is the original:
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    Same thing, with closeup on the upper:

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    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?

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    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.

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    Where do you get your stickers? I ended up making my own... very slow process

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    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.

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    Great It Looks Nice... Very good effort ...

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    Wow It Looks Great.... Very Nice...

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    PabloGT - do you have a picture of the final bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgti View Post
    latest pictures of my Trek 99' 8000
    Gorgeous. Need more pics.

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    20170126_133703 by The Pablo13, on Flickr

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    Cannondale SM1000
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    That's Awesome!

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    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
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