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Polished Ti Finish(4 posts)

Polished Ti FinishDAN BB
May 27, 2001 6:59 PM
Just got my New Legend Ti with the full polished finish. (just sat down after a 10,000 hour ride). On certain areas of the bike, it looks as though there are finger prints (sorta' looks discolored), but after endlessly trying rub them out with a damp cloth and/or the metal polish (included with my kit), they still remain. Real finger prints just disappear. Is this the way it is suppose to be? Or is this a defect of some kind?
Polished finishes are seldom perfect...dave
May 27, 2001 8:43 PM
I owned a polished litepseed ultimate. I found it very frustrating to keep the finish clean and uniformly polished even though I've got lots of experience polishing parts at a plating shop.

Litespeed's process involves eletropolishing, which can't be duplicated at home with buffing wheels and even the finest polishing compounds. I came close using a loose buff wheel, wet, with some fine automotive polish for clear coat, painted finishes. Most conventional polishing compounds, including fine jeweler's rouge just couldn't produce the same high degree of luster.

I've learned that a good paint job is a lot easier to take care of. Good luck.
re: Polished Ti Finishxxx
May 28, 2001 9:07 AM
You will learn why Litespeed got out of the polishing business.
re: Polished Ti FinishDAN BB
May 28, 2001 10:32 AM
I guess the assumption is, that it is a time-consumming process and do not expect perfection. Maybe some Blue Magic or Simichrome and about 8 hours of very careful buffing may yield the results I'm after.
Thanks to all,