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Cleaning Titanium Frame(10 posts)

Cleaning Titanium Frametexbaz
Oct 6, 2001 4:20 AM
I have about 1200 miles on a Litespeed ultimate,was just wondering
what the general concensus for cleaning up TI frames is. I have used a
citrus cleaner on the chain stays were excess lube tends to accumulate
but for giving it that like new look again,can anyone recomend a good
procedure or cleaner
re: Cleaning Titanium Framedavet
Oct 6, 2001 7:09 AM
After wiping down my Serotta Ti, I use Lemon Pledge sprayed on a cloth. When dry I wipe again with a clean cloth. Looks great!
Oct 6, 2001 7:12 AM
Also use that on my Seven, Actually the seven guys use that all the time at the factory so hey, it must work good. Smells nice too. :-)

another ditto, but . . .jacques
Oct 6, 2001 9:28 AM
. . . before I wield my Lemon Pledge, I use WD-40 to clean lube spatters off the lower frame. Contrary to what it says on the can, WD-40 is a lousy lubricant. It evaporates much too quickly. But that is exactly what makes it a great degreaser and cleaner. Make sure you wipe all the WD-40 residue away before you lemonpledge your Ultimate.
re: Cleaning Titanium Framegraham
Oct 6, 2001 3:52 PM
Use BBQ starter fluid. Gulf Pride or Kingsford available from the supermarket. Great solvent for chain cleaning and general purpose booger removal. It will not effect the decals etc. Then use Windex or Lemon Pledge. Using it for years without issue.
Too much chain lubeKerry Irons
Oct 6, 2001 5:34 PM
There is no way you should leave enough lube on your chain that it "accumulates" on the chain stay, or any place else. Wipe the chain thoroughly after applying the chain lube.

For cleaning Ti, I find that a damp rag works pretty well, with a little bathroom cleaner for the tough spots.
Too much chain lubetexbaz
Oct 7, 2001 7:55 AM
Thanks for the Tips on cleaning the frame. I tried the lemon pledge and yeah it looks better, but areas on my down tube near my bottle mounts have what look to be stains from what I can only guess as gatoraid.The lemon pledge has no effect on these stains. As far as the chain stay lube accumulation, well I probably overstated what really is a very small of lube (prolink) that sheds itself after a fresh lube just didn't get as much of the excess as I should.
The Down tube stains are very noticeable almost as if it is etched into the metal.
re: Cleaning Titanium Framejj
Oct 8, 2001 9:34 AM
steel wool for tough spots (but not on decals)
Full Montygrzy
Oct 8, 2001 10:04 AM
I just give it the full monty every now and then. Go to to see what's in the pit kit and the detailed instructions from a couple top wrenches on bike cleaning. The full monty is actually quicker than the q-tip treatment - I can do a full bike, including wheels, in 20 min. The key is having the right brushes and using the citrus based degreaser that you can use *everywhere* including the bar tape, brake hoods and seat. I wouldn't advise using the harsh stuff in these areas. Bike comes out looking totally awesome and you don't have to use any nasty petroleum products. A coating of Pedros Bike Lust afterwards keeps stuff from sticking and makes things really shine. The other trick is to wipe excess lube off of you chain right after it's been applied. My polished Legend and the wife's brushed Holland both gleam after being done.
re: Cleaning Titanium Framebcinelli
Oct 16, 2001 1:19 PM
Cleaning a Ti bike? Why, you ask the help to do it, of course.