• 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

    http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/2461/dsc01238aa3q.jpg
    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
  • 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.....
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    this was before I tore it down
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  • 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![IMG]<a href="http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l79/yakuzafreerider/?action=view&current=DSC01311.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l79/yakuzafreerider/DSC01311.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>[/IMG]
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  • 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!