|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 finished||mondo 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.