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Anyone tried going from polished ti to the brushed look???(7 posts)

Anyone tried going from polished ti to the brushed look???headset inspector
May 17, 2001 9:16 AM
I have a polished Ti frame and want to go away from the chrome look and give it a brushed look. Has anyone tried this at home. I was thinking of just wet sanding it. Any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
re: Anyone tried going from polished ti to the brushed look???dug
May 17, 2001 11:01 AM
Use Scotch-bright pads. They are availible in incremental textures. Acetone will take off the decals. You have alot of work ahead of you.
you sound as though youve done this???headset inspector
May 17, 2001 11:45 AM
If so, how long did take? Is it hard to get the finish even or consistent across the whole frame?? THanks.
Yeh, Scotch-Brite and...KStone
May 17, 2001 3:05 PM
You can cut a 4 or 5 inch circle out of a Scotch-Brite sheet and use an electric drill. Poke a hole through the disc, install a 1/4" screw with a washer either side of the pad, and tighten it all up with a nut. Put the screw in the drill chuck and your ready to 'brush' on a finish with an even, one directional 'grain'.
Buy lots of Scotch-Brite as the discs don't last long. Experiment on some steel tubing to get the texture you're looking for.
you sound as though youve done this???dug
May 18, 2001 9:01 AM
I only did it to my stem and seatpost (my frame was brushed from the factory). The stem & post had a blasted finish. It only took an hour or so. Your frame will take much longer. It is hard to get a consistent finish near the tube intersections, but it certainly can be done. FYI - Ti frames are either blasted (usually with glass beads or walnut shells), brushed (scotch-bright-probably via machine, touch up & final by hand) or polished. Ti also takes paint(and anodizing)exceptionally well. Pledge furniture wax is an age ole secret for Ti frames. Spray it on liberally, let it stand for a while then wipe off = 'new' frame. Hope you have plenty of elbow grease!
After you are finishedmondo mike
May 18, 2001 8:41 AM
After you are done, spray pledge on the frame.
It will even out the look of the frame.
re: Anyone tried going from polished ti to the brushed look???revitup
May 20, 2001 10:28 AM
The best way to do this is the following:
1. Remove all decals. The best way to do this is with a heat gun, butane or propane torch, or if you don't have either - a high powered hairdryer. Any of these will soften the adhesive and make removal much easier. Follow with a spray can product called ID Red - available in most auto or motorcycle shops.
2. Scotchbrite is king. If you want a truly brushed look, be prepared to do it by hand. Cut about a 1 1/2" wide x 10" length of green scotchbrite. Be sure you go side to side in the same direction to get a good grain - like a shoe shine.
3. You can remove all ti dust with Finish Line pink bike wash. Follow with WD-40 and you will be ready to roll.