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Unpainted Frames Woes(4 posts)

Unpainted Frames Woespesetriathlete
Mar 2, 2002 4:45 AM
I just set up a Softride SE which is unpainted Aluminum. While the ride is great, I am having some trouble keeping it looking good. Cloudy blemishes & streaks are starting to form, though the surface remains smooth. I have tried many metallic polishes, from mild ones (Pledge) to metallic automobile polishes. The frames is not losing it's lustre uniformly but in different areas.
I wonder this is a common occurance with unpainted frames made out of Al or Ti? And what would be the ideal maintenance procedure? Thanks
why do you think they usually anodize alu?bn
Mar 2, 2002 6:37 AM
ti is a different animal altogether
re: Unpainted Frames WoesNessism
Mar 2, 2002 7:20 PM
Raw exposed aluminum will react the oxygen in the air and a oxide will form on the surface. There is really nothing you can do to stop this short of coating the frame with paint of anodizing it.

Ti is something else entirely, it does not noticably corrode unlike Al so no coating is necessary.
re: Unpainted Frames WoesWoof the dog
Mar 3, 2002 1:17 AM
you should be happy about it - it means you are training hard. There is something very attractive about any used bike, provided it is good quality to begin with.

Sincerely

Woof the dog.