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    Brushed Aluminum frame, how to clean?

    I have a Hammerhead 100 (Titus Racer-X) that has a bare aluminum frame:



    It looked great the first time that I rode it, but since then, the aluminum is no longer shiny and it's starting to look pretty ratty.

    I am thinking that with all of the rain, I may want to break it down one of these weekends and really give it a thorough cleaning.

    In doing so,

    A. Is there something that I can use to clean the aluminum and get that shine back and
    B. Is there something that I can do to "seal" it?

    I am mostly worried about sweat degrading the metal.

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    I don't know about the cleaning thing (but having the same polished alu finish on my quasi I'm watching this thread) but I'd not worry about the frame from sweat.

    If my frame hasn't knuckled in any way from my sweat, i doubt yours will.

    I had to replace all the bolts that hold my seat-mast on with stainless-steel as my sweat was corroding them, one month into owning the bike, back in '03.

    No sign of similar issues on any part of the frame nor the main pivot bolt.

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    I have noticed the shock mounting bolts starting to corrode and the connecting points are looking kinda beat up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin_bike
    I have noticed the shock mounting bolts starting to corrode and the connecting points are looking kinda beat up as well.
    Take your bolts to Austin Bolt on Rundberg and they can sell you stainless-steel replacements. I've replaced all the bolts on the Quasy except the main pivot bolt through them.

    Of course, you go somewhere online and get *bling* *bling* titanium, too.

    "connecting points" - which piece do you mean?

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    Simichrome Metal Polish should make you happy.

    Nothing that I know of to seal.
    I figure the odds be fifty-fifty.

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    Thanks.

    Now for the $64 question.

    Rainy July 4th, do I strip/clean the hammerhead, rebuild my hardtail or rebuild a 2P server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin_bike
    Rainy July 4th, do I strip/clean the hammerhead, rebuild my hardtail or rebuild a 2P server?
    No question... do it at the end of the rain season. Now just wash it.

    It'll get muddy and all dirty again pretty soon if the rain season ain't over.
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    Mothers Alum Polish
    I use it on an old Marz crown and on my polished cranks. My buddie uses it on a late 90's amp research FS. In my experience if you have a polished surface mothers will not require more than wiping it down. Kinda almost like cleaning an old silver chain w/ polish, black sheet just rubbs off and you are left with shiny goodness.

    Sealing it? Clear anno.
    Kidding of course, that would kill the shine.

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