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    Raw Alu frame how to get a brushed nickel look

    I've seen a bunch of raw alu frames out there and would like to do the same with my bike. But I don't like the bright, chrome-like look of polished alu. Rather, I'd like to have a brushed nickel type of look. Is there a way to achieve that look with raw alu? Thanks.

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    I have found that mud, sweat & oxidation thru use of the bike will turn it that way. I have a 1993 Diamondback Vertex that came natural Alumnum and it had that polished shiny look...........for about 5 minutes, or the time it took to get it muddy the first time. Other than bringing it home from the shop new I can't recall it ever really being shiny like new. I have eyed it a coupla times and thought about stripping it down and polishing the whole frame but never did do it. Just ride it hard and put it up dirty and it'll be brushed nickle in no time. Here is a pic of it...........


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    Cool. That's easy enough. I like the look of your bike!

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    Thanks, it's 1 of the 14 I have..........aka hiho silver

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    If you ever decide to "clean-up" some an area of the frame, might I suggest double "00" steel wool. Cleans heavily blemd areas nicely.

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    Scotch Brite works the best for a brushed type of finish.

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