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    New question here. Metal Polishing

    Hi Guys

    Posted something in the Frame building area but thought maybe this area of the forum maybe better for my question!

    Basically have a Cannondale CAAD Frame which I want to take back to a raw finish. Any good tips to do this???

    Also considering polishing the frame after, any of you guys done this and have any tips?

    Finally once I've got the frame looking like I want it to look should I lacquer it?

    Thanks any help will be much appriecated!
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    It all depends how polished you want it to be. You can just strip the frame with a chemical stripper and polish it will metal polish and it will look good. But if you want a chrome like finish, you will need to wet sand with light grits of sandpaper going from 1000 to 1500 to 2000 (or you can use a buffer wheel on a drill and compound it) and then follow that up with metal polish. I actually find the highest polish is attainable if you finsih with Meguairs Scratch X, which is actually for paint. Just a warning, a highly polished frame takes a lot of elbow grease and a lot of time.

    Once polished you should not clear coat it. A clear coat will dull the polish, and it also cannot stick to polished aluminum so it will flake off. You may be able to use an adhesion promoter prior to clear coating it, but this still will dull the polished finish. If you don't want to have to re polish it periodically, you can get shine seal http://www.shineseal.com/, but it is pretty expensive.
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    Cheers dude, been browsing the site and thinking now that a paint strip and the raw finish is more my flavour! Completely forgot you could use a drill to help though!! Will keep thinking about it but thanks for the advice!!
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    Something to consider is after the paint is
    removed give it a good rub down with Scotch
    Bright. This leaves a nice brushed finish. Plus
    it is easy to redo later on when needed.

    Best, John

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    Another good tip!! Found a thread on here with some magical paint stripping spray! Just hope I can get hold of it in the UK!
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    See my post in the Sette forum. Razzo frame. I would not use
    the scotch pad. It will scratch the frame. Stripper with an old towel
    then a few sessions with polish and you'll have a mirror finish.

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