• 11-18-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Let's see your raw aluminium!
    I,m not sure on the best place to post this, so i'll try here. I need some convincing to strip my paint and go with the raw aluminium look. It's an old Gary Fisher Paragon and the

    finish is pretty beat-up. Looking to freshing it up on the cheap. I've done alot of searching and see quite a few of you have tried it. Just wanted to see how everyone's turned out.

    Brushed, Polished, clear coated or not. Post them up!
  • 11-18-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Nobody wants to show off their baby? You put all that hard work into it, let everyone see why it was so worth it!
  • 11-18-2009
    jeffw-13
    Here's a Yeti 575 polished to a mirror finish. Not my bike.

    http://www.talonclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17166
  • 11-19-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Wow!!
    Now that's shinny! Maybe alittle more polished than what I think I would be after, but it looks great. Any more?
  • 11-19-2009
    wildkyle90
    i dont like the looks of polished bikes at all
  • 11-19-2009
    bidaci
    OK, I'll bite. Here's a pic of old GT bike that I wish I held on to. Ballburnished raw frame.

    <img src="http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/8049/92d5op7.jpg" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"/><br/>Shot at 2008-01-14

    Here is a shot of my current beater. Brushed 7075 aluminum. An old 1997 Trek 8000zx


    Shot at 2009-08-19

    Love that high polished look. Might have to try it over the winter on another frame I have kicking around.
  • 11-19-2009
    BH1
    My old raw P.1 frame. I sold it a while ago.

    Aircraft strip and a power washer did the trick.


  • 11-19-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Nice P. 1
    BH1, thats more of the look i'm after. What did you use to get that brushed look like that?

    Thanks for the pictures everyone, I'd still like to see some more.
  • 11-19-2009
    essenmeinstuff
    You should do a search, there was a massive thread in the DH/FR section on how to strip your frame with heaps of pictures! :thumbsup:
  • 11-21-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    here is my work in process....I stripped it down to give it a raw look now I'm polishing it up. This is just the first polishing, may do three or four more times. let me know what ya think.....


    this was before I tore it down
  • 11-21-2009
    bidaci
    ^^ Very nice. Post a picture once it is done. Can't wait to see it completed
  • 11-21-2009
    BDSmith
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    BH1, thats more of the look i'm after. What did you use to get that brushed look like that?

    Thanks for the pictures everyone, I'd still like to see some more.

    I would think some sand paper would give you a nice brushed look. Just a light scuff is all that's necessary. That's my experience from working with aluminum, not bike frames though.
  • 11-21-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    [QUOTE=yakuzafreerider]here is my work in process....I stripped it down to give it a raw look now I'm polishing it up. This is just the first polishing, may do three or four more times. let me know what ya think.....


    I think that it looks awsome just like that! What have you done to get to that point? Good luck with the finishing polishes, it should shine up great if your already there with just one polishing. I'd love to see the finished product.
  • 11-23-2009
    essenmeinstuff
    it just popped up so here you are, 2 pages of raw finish!

    http://forums.mtbr.com/downhill-freeride/paint-stripping-works-finish-286711.html

    Oh and to give that brushed look use coarse steel wool rather than sand paper!
  • 11-23-2009
    bidaci
    Scotchbrite is what I use to keep my brushed aluminum looking like new
  • 11-23-2009
    mmanuel09
    5 Attachment(s)
    Here's my 2003 Epic
  • 11-23-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    Here's my 2003 Epic


    Sweet looking Epic! What was your proceedure?
  • 11-23-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    [QUOTE=ghughes.hesinc]
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yakuzafreerider
    here is my work in process....I stripped it down to give it a raw look now I'm polishing it up. This is just the first polishing, may do three or four more times. let me know what ya think.....


    I think that it looks awsome just like that! What have you done to get to that point? Good luck with the finishing polishes, it should shine up great if your already there with just one polishing. I'd love to see the finished product.

    well at that point, 3 cans of aircrat stripper, wire brushed everything, steel wool. As of today I sanded it with 800, and 1000 grit sand paper (wet sanded) and polished it 4 times. Its not a mirror finish but pretty darn close. I don't wanna get to crazy with it yet just want it to look good and be ready for powder coating if this doesnt grow on me first LOL hunters will definatley see me or be blinded! I'll post pictures tomorrow....
  • 11-23-2009
    mmanuel09
    Thanks - A buddy of mind did everything. Jasco Paint Remover, lightly sanding, and mothers polish.
  • 11-23-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    Thanks - A buddy of mind did everything. Jasco Paint Remover, lightly sanding, and mothers polish.

    Mother mag and aluminum polish is what I used....awesome stuff.
  • 11-23-2009
    mmanuel09
    Yes Yes Awesome stuff - goes a long way...
  • 11-23-2009
    BH1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    BH1, thats more of the look i'm after. What did you use to get that brushed look like that?

    Thanks for the pictures everyone, I'd still like to see some more.

    I used a pressure washer to literally blow the paint off the frame after it had bubbled up... So some of the swirls you see are from the pressure washer, but after that I used a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish and give it a slightly scuffed/polished look. After about a month of riding and no cleaning it began to oxidize and darken around the welds similar to the raw Intense frames...
  • 11-23-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    well here it is semi-back together. Thinking of stripping and polishing my front wheel and doing the rear in black. Its gonna look so pimpin when finished!
  • 11-23-2009
    BunnV
    1 Attachment(s)
    Not a frame, but it is raw (and polished)
    custom I9's :cool:
  • 11-23-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BunnV
    custom I9's :cool:

    Very nice...thats what I'm hoping to do...dig the orange spokes!
  • 11-23-2009
    BunnV
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yakuzafreerider
    Very nice...thats what I'm hoping to do...dig the orange spokes!

    Thanks!
  • 11-24-2009
    mmanuel09
    Very Very Nice Guys. BunnV - I am totally digging the wheels. How do you like the windcutters? I've been researching those and just wonder how they will do with Saint M810's which is my current front caliper.
  • 11-24-2009
    BunnV
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    Very Very Nice Guys. BunnV - I am totally digging the wheels. How do you like the windcutters? I've been researching those and just wonder how they will do with Saint M810's which is my current front caliper.

    Thanks for the compliment on the wheels!

    The Wind Cutters totally exceeded my expectations! I bought them based on their claimed weight of 92 grams. One weighed exactly 92 grams on my scale, the other 93 grams.

    I have Hayes Stroker Gram calipers and was using the stock Hayes V6 (?) 160mm rotors. The stopping power of the Alligators vs. the V6's is no comparison! I have almost TOO much bite now with the Wind Cutters. They didn't howl, or screech but they do make a different kind of sound (kind of a metallic rub) than the more conventional rotors they replaced.

    On my first ride with them I found myself over braking and skidding (bad!) especially on the rear, and I don't even use the rear hard. Luckily the Strokers have great modulation and I was able to get a better feel for them over the course of the ride.

    They were only $15 each which is really inexpensive considering their weight and apparent quality. I love them!
  • 11-27-2009
    nony
    Man, polished alum is one of the sexiest finishes, imho. I wish mfg would have more faith in the material and offer more polished frame options. Thanks everyone for posting your polished rides!
  • 11-28-2009
    Bikin' Bric
    I've done a few strip and polish jobs myself on some of my GT frames. Used a whole lot of chemical stripper, steel wool, then many hours with a rag and jar of Mother aluminum polish.

    Check these threads out, both bikes are mine.

    2006 Avalanche 1.0 - http://forums.mtbr.com/gt/polished-avalanche-version-2-a-503257.html
    2003 Avalanche 1.0 - http://forums.mtbr.com/gt/polished-avalanche-d-393245.html
  • 11-28-2009
    jeffw-13
    Looks good guys. Reminds me of the chromoly BMX bikes from back in the day.
  • 11-28-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Well, you guys convinced me. The paint is gone, and the sanding has begun.

    I scotchbrited everything to get ride of all the paint. I was surprised to find quite a bit of scratches under the paint. So I've been sanding those out with 320 grit. Moved on to 600, 900, and will finish with 1200 grit. Then polish and shine.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RatchAttack
    I've done a few strip and polish jobs myself on some of my GT frames. Used a whole lot of chemical stripper, steel wool, then many hours with a rag and jar of Mother aluminum polish.

    Check these threads out, both bikes are mine.

    2006 Avalanche 1.0 - http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=503257
    2003 Avalanche 1.0 - http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=393245

    RatchAttack, Your GT's look great. Any problem with your decals. Does anyone know where I can get some vintage Gary Fisher decals (1995-1997ish).

    Thanks for all the photos and input everyone. I'll post some pic when it's done. Might be awile though.
  • 11-29-2009
    Bikin' Bric
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    Well, you guys convinced me. The paint is gone, and the sanding has begun.

    I scotchbrited everything to get ride of all the paint. I was surprised to find quite a bit of scratches under the paint. So I've been sanding those out with 320 grit. Moved on to 600, 900, and will finish with 1200 grit. Then polish and shine.



    RatchAttack, Your GT's look great. Any problem with your decals. Does anyone know where I can get some vintage Gary Fisher decals (1995-1997ish).

    Thanks for all the photos and input everyone. I'll post some pic when it's done. Might be awile though.


    No problems with the decals. Just polish the hell out of the frame then apply the decals, DO NOT clear coat the frame. The clear coat will eventually get scratched and look like hell.

    I picked up the GT decals from eBay, maybe start your search there.
  • 12-02-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Finished product
    Well it's all done. I ended up going polished, just couldn't get a consistantly uniform brushed look. Over all I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

    It's way better than the beat up paint that was there. Thanks for all the advice everyone, isn't this site great.





    I can't get the pics loaded. This computer stuff is new to me. can anyone walk me through it?
  • 12-03-2009
    mmanuel09
    Congrats - Very Very Nice. Can't wait to see the whole bike when its done. It's like falling in love all over again....
  • 12-03-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    still working on mine, I sanded and polished up the bars on it, now working on the wheelset (polishing) hopefully tomorrow I'll have most of the bike together with the exception of the wheels looking just plain raw. Will post pictures soon.
  • 12-03-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Finally!!!
    After too much time trying everything under the sun. Here they are.


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  • 12-03-2009
    John Kuhl
    All of these polished bikes look great, and you
    guys did a really good job. However after all that
    hard work how can you stand to get something
    that nice dirty?

    Best, John
  • 12-04-2009
    thecrackerasscracker
    1 Attachment(s)
    07 Kona Coiler
    No clear cote
  • 12-04-2009
    mmanuel09
    What I do is later in the evening after the kids go to bed, I grab a couple of beers, a can of mothers, and a towell. Who needs tv.

    thecrackerasscracker - great looking Kona. I wish I had gone silver spokes on my wheels.
  • 12-04-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    [QUOTE=mmanuel09]What I do is later in the evening after the kids go to bed, I grab a couple of beers, a can of mothers, and a towell. Who needs tv.

    I hear ya there!!
  • 12-04-2009
    yakuzafreerider
    this is what it used to look like

    This is what it looks like as of today, its ready to ride but not all upgrades I want are on it yet....

  • 12-08-2009
    sausagedog
    hi all, well iam in the starting stage of stripping a cannondale ready for polishing.
    whats the best way to get rid of the oxidization on the frame, as it doesnt look good and worried about the finish if i clear coat it after the decals are on.
  • 12-08-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sausagedog
    hi all, well iam in the starting stage of stripping a cannondale ready for polishing.
    whats the best way to get rid of the oxidization on the frame, as it doesnt look good and worried about the finish if i clear coat it after the decals are on.

    From what I gather, some steel wool, a little polish, and you should be back to bright and shinny!
    Decals could complicate it.
  • 12-16-2009
    cmanco
    I have an old carbon composite frame thats a mongoose iboc pro sx.
    What would it look like if i stripped it, the painted part is chipping really bad where its purple.



  • 12-16-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cmanco
    I have an old carbon composite frame thats a mongoose iboc pro sx.
    What would it look like if i stripped it, the painted part is chipping really bad where its purple.

    I'm no expert, but I'm not sure paint stripper and carbon composite resin are real compatable!

    You might want to do alittle research before you try it.
  • 12-19-2009
    ineedanewbike
    Stoooooop!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ghughes.hesinc
    I'm no expert, but I'm not sure paint stripper and carbon composite resin are real compatable!

    You might want to do alittle research before you try it.

    paint stripper will immediatley dissolve any petroleum-based plastic it comes into contact with. thats how it dissolves paint. if the CF resin is petroleum based, it will be dissolved leaving you with a pile of worthless carbon fibers.
  • 12-19-2009
    sausagedog
    well ive been doing one my self and here it is http://www.flickr.com/photos/sausagedog77/4197009985/

    ive found that if you polish down the tubes it makes it dull but if u polish across then it make its shine more, all due to the grain when the tube is made.
  • 12-19-2009
    sausagedog
    also if you want to powder coat it waste of time polishing it as they will only go and shot blast it to get a good key on the frame.
  • 12-19-2009
    ghughes.hesinc
    That Cannondale sure looks nice! I love those crossing tubes.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sausagedog
    well ive been doing one my self and here it is http://www.flickr.com/photos/sausagedog77/4197009985/

    ive found that if you polish down the tubes it makes it dull but if u polish across then it make its shine more, all due to the grain when the tube is made.

    Just to clairify down=long way; across=short way?
  • 12-19-2009
    vikingboy
    great work guys - love the silver look.
  • 12-20-2009
    SteveUK
    1 Attachment(s)
    This is my SX Trail, stripped to raw metal and brush-polished.

    Attachment 505936
  • 02-05-2010
    ghughes.hesinc
    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.
  • 02-05-2010
    mmanuel09
    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....
  • 02-06-2010
    PG256
    Some of these look pretty good.
    Here's my 80's Polished Cannondale SS commuter:
  • 02-06-2010
    GrampBredo


    Sorry about the photo quality, but here's my raw coiler.
  • 02-06-2010
    ducktape
    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.



  • 02-06-2010
    ghughes.hesinc
    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.
  • 02-09-2010
    JaLove
    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.


  • 02-10-2010
    Boogie Manīs Nightmare
    RB Monster AM 07
    Hereīs my Monster is color called "Brutal finish"
    Hand made in Czech Republic - wicked bike:cornut:
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  • 02-10-2010
    Fly XC
    Mine came ball burnished with decals and clearcoted.
  • 02-21-2010
    bear
    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!

  • 03-04-2010
    gbosbiker
    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...
  • 03-04-2010
    SteveUK
    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.
  • 03-04-2010
    gbosbiker
    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...
  • 03-04-2010
    ghughes.hesinc
    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!
  • 03-04-2010
    gbosbiker
    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..
  • 03-04-2010
    shibaman
    3 Attachment(s)
    94 GT Zaskar
  • 03-04-2010
    greengreer
    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

  • 03-13-2010
    gbosbiker
    4 Attachment(s)
    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.
  • 03-14-2010
    jgti
    1999 Trek 8000. finished it a week ago.





  • 03-15-2010
    ineedanewbike
    so if u strip it, polish it, then laquer it, will it stay shiny without the constant polishing?
  • 03-15-2010
    greengreer
    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.
  • 03-15-2010
    John Kuhl
    You can also powder coat it clear. This will
    probably be the most heavy duty finish.

    Best, John
  • 03-16-2010
    ineedanewbike
    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 ;)....
  • 03-16-2010
    greengreer
    bling bling

  • 03-27-2010
    dopaminer
    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...
  • 03-28-2010
    BunnV
    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.
  • 03-28-2010
    John Kuhl
    You can not anodize aluminum. It must
    of been some other type of finish.

    Best, John
  • 03-28-2010
    dopaminer
    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!
  • 03-29-2010
    SteveUK
    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!!
  • 03-29-2010
    John Kuhl
    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
  • 06-07-2010
    yakmastermax
    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)


  • 06-07-2010
    jgti
    latest pictures of my Trek 99' 8000





  • 06-14-2010
    newnuj
    nice bike. care to share how you went abt doing it?
  • 06-15-2010
    jgti
    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.
  • 06-18-2010
    CS2
    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.
  • 06-18-2010
    ghughes.hesinc
    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.

  • 06-19-2010
    alivio
    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.
  • 06-19-2010
    BunnV
    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....:confused:
  • 06-19-2010
    alivio
    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....:confused:


    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.
  • 06-21-2010
    MrOldLude
    Super hot thread. Love this look. If/when I thrash the paint on mine, I'm going to do this.
  • 06-21-2010
    BMeX
    2 Attachment(s)
    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 :p ).

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

    Rims, cranks and a few other things have already been replaced, eventually, it all will be. :madman:
  • 06-21-2010
    yakmastermax
    where did you get those silver cranks?
  • 06-21-2010
    BMeX
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yakmastermax
    where did you get those silver cranks?

    sanded truvativ ;)
  • 06-21-2010
    dopaminer
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BMeX
    sanded truvativ ;)

    All truvativs look better sanded
  • 06-23-2010
    misuge
    Sand blasted Santa Cruz Heckler frame with a bit of a steel wool finishing:


  • 06-23-2010
    ducktape
    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...

  • 09-25-2010
    ak greeff
    4 Attachment(s)
    iv always wanted to polish a bike frame. my son and i just finished this 12inch jamis 26inch wheeled bike. enjoy!
  • 10-18-2010
    thunderzy
    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?