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    The Polished Avalanche :D

    So I woke up this morning thinking that my tired old Avalanche frame needed to get looking more bling today. After some quick research I made my way to the local hardware store where I picked up:
    -Paint Remover
    -Scotchbrite pads
    -fine steel wool (#0)
    -protective gloves
    -Mothers Aluminum polish
    -Nevrdull

    Heres the Avalanche before



    After applying the paint stripper let it sit for about 30 min then go to town with the scotchbrite pads


    Tested out the Mothers polish on a small spot


    After the first application of polish


    After the 6th application (and 8 hours later)- as good as it gets for now




    GT..... HAIL TO THE KING BABY!




    This is my first stripped and polished frame, I thought it turned out really well
    I can't wait to build it back up.... now I have 2 GT's in my quiver of bikes
    GT ROCKS!!!!
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    Great job!!!

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    looks really good man..

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    Looks way better...I like how the welds stand out.

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    Spectacular!!!

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    Bet your elbows and fingers were a hurtin'!
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Now you can sell it at the price of GT Zaskar Re-issue %) Great job, man!

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    Yeah my arms and fingers where pretty sore and stained black from the polish, but its all worth it in the end.
    Now I need to get me some sweet GT decals and build it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack
    Yeah my arms and fingers where pretty sore and stained black from the polish, but its all worth it in the end.
    Now I need to get me some sweet GT decals and build it up
    You can see if, by chance, there is something left floating around BUT this is from the GT site:
    Q: How can I get replacement decals for my bike? I'm repainting it and I want it to look like new -

    A: Unfortunately, original frame decals and stickers for pre-bankruptcy bikes are no longer available, and all new products come clear coated from the factory, eliminating the need for replacement decal sheets.
    So why not try Genesis Cycles - I assume they are still doing GT in Canada.

    Otherwise I'd send a pic direct to GT in Madison...you never know...maybe...

    Either way that's an awesome job and it won't suffer at all if it never gets decals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    You can see if, by chance, there is something left floating around BUT this is from the GT site:


    So why not try Genesis Cycles - I assume they are still doing GT in Canada.

    Otherwise I'd send a pic direct to GT in Madison...you never know...maybe...

    Either way that's an awesome job and it won't suffer at all if it never gets decals!
    I might be in luck, the manager of the local GT dealer said he may have some NOS GT sticker sheets lying around, something of the likes you'd see on e-bay.
    hopefully it works out for me.
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    No decals, that frame is sweet as it stands. The only decal that should touch that frame is a headtube badge, preferably with zero colour, just black.

    That looks so good.

    I think I need to strip my truck's paint and shine it up like that.
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    Wow, lots of work there, looks wicked!!

    I love polished frames, super easy to clean and there's no paint to get scratched!

    I used to use NeverDull but recently picked up a small (and expensive) container of Mother's Billet at Cnd Tire. It works so well I'll never use the Never Dull again, there was no comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HubbaMan
    Wow, lots of work there, looks wicked!!

    I love polished frames, super easy to clean and there's no paint to get scratched!

    I used to use NeverDull but recently picked up a small (and expensive) container of Mother's Billet at Cnd Tire. It works so well I'll never use the Never Dull again, there was no comparison.
    I also found that the Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish worked alot better than the Nevrdull, the shine was much better. Shes looking mighty good now after 10 polish jobs. I'll have to post some more pics when its built up.
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    holy crap, 10 polish jobs

    Just think of all the weight you saved by removing the paint!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    You can see if, by chance, there is something left floating around BUT this is from the GT site:


    So why not try Genesis Cycles - I assume they are still doing GT in Canada.

    Otherwise I'd send a pic direct to GT in Madison...you never know...maybe...

    Either way that's an awesome job and it won't suffer at all if it never gets decals!
    The guy that goes by "Felzno" on eBay. He's your go to guy for decals. Only has originals but I think on the Avalanches he's down to the 97 model year only. E-mail Paul at PS930@yahoo.com and ask him. He's also got a Yahoo Group called "GT decals".
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    Just remember....you now have a polished frames. If you live near a salty shoreline keep close tabs on it. It's not Ball Burnished so it will take some upkeep and it will oxidize and tarnish more easily...so it will require some maintenance. Ball Burnishing is a different process altogether. The surface is actually shot-peened with ball bearings so it's harder on the surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack
    Yeah my arms and fingers where pretty sore and stained black from the polish, but its all worth it in the end.
    Now I need to get me some sweet GT decals and build it up
    Try here,

    http://sporting-goods.search.ebay.co...saobfmtsZinsif

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil
    cool, thanks for the heads up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by norm
    Looks way better...I like how the welds stand out.
    I agree, it looks amazing.

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    Just a tease......... here is a spy photo of the incomplete build



    I'm still waiting on a new fork to arrive as well as some other goodies, watch for more in the coming weeks !
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    You should get it clearcoated. I was told by a friend of mine that auto paint shops have to use up all the clearcoat on the spray gun since they can't use any leftovers later, so maybe one of them can hook you up and put a couple of coats on your baby to keep it protected and pristine. I'm looking into buying a frame and I think I'm gonna go your way and strip it all down and polish it up. I just need to find a cheap gt frame. That thing looks sweet dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt jorgito
    You should get it clearcoated. I was told by a friend of mine that auto paint shops have to use up all the clearcoat on the spray gun since they can't use any leftovers later, so maybe one of them can hook you up and put a couple of coats on your baby to keep it protected and pristine. I'm looking into buying a frame and I think I'm gonna go your way and strip it all down and polish it up. I just need to find a cheap gt frame. That thing looks sweet dude.
    the clearcoat idea has crossed my mind but I decided to go without for two reasons:
    1) the clearcoat will scratch and dirt gets into the scratches and will make it look like hell
    2) I won't be able to polish it up again if it begins to dull.

    I've had a few old motorcycles that had polished then clearcoated engines, the clear would always flake away and the aluminum would look rather ratty. I've always stripped the engines of the clearcoat and then hand polished them to get a nice shine.
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    The project is now complete, took alot of effort but well worth it in the end
    2003 GT Avalanche 1.0 frame, stripped and polished
    -Tora 318 Soloair fork
    -Sram X7 shifters, rear der.
    -Shimano front der, hubs
    -Mavic F219 disc rims w/ DT spokes
    -Sram 970 Cassette
    -Avid Juicy 5 brakes
    -FSA headset
    -RaceFace Evolve XC cranks, stem, Air Alloy bars
    -Kenda Karma DTC tires
    -Avid Flack Jacket cable housings










    Now some pics beside its brother, my 2008 custom GT Avalanche
    Reba fork, Bontrager wheels and GXP crank, Truvativ carbon bars, Thomson stem and post, Sram X9 shiters and derailleurs, Sram 990 cassette, Hayes HFX-9 brakes, more goodies.






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    Looking saweeeet!!!

    Very nice work, wow that polished frame looks sooo nice

    Now get some dirt on those bikes will ya, it's almost the end of April sheesh!!

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