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Brushed vs Polished Titanium(15 posts)

Brushed vs Polished Titaniumunchained
May 29, 2002 8:15 AM
Which one looks better?

I saw some polished Al Mongoose BMX bikes at WalMart, does polished Ti look like that?

I have a choice of brushed or polished at the same price.
No worries about maintenance, etc. Just want the nicer finish.

Thank-you for your replies.
re: Brushed vs Polished Titaniumrockbender
May 29, 2002 8:47 AM
I think finish is mostly personal preference. Is one a better value or more desirable than the other? I'm not sure.

I am definatley a fan of the brushed look. I really like the dull gray look as opposed to the shiny polished appearance that looks flashy like polished AL or chrome.

The cool thing about the dull gray color only attracts attention to those that know what it is, too.

Both finishes should be able to be easily cleaned with your favorite furniture polish ( I prefer lemon scented!)
I'd go brushedpmf1
May 29, 2002 9:28 AM
Polished ti bikes really do look chrome-like. Kinda cool when they're all buffed up. About 10 minutes later, every fingerprint and spot of dirt is highly visible. I'd go brushed just because its easier to keep clean looking. Same reason that I avoid white bar tape.
If its polished, it will also be clearcoated. nm.unchained
May 29, 2002 9:33 AM
You sure about that?pmf1
May 29, 2002 10:10 AM
The ones I have seen (LS) did not appear to be clear coated.
LS - is that Litespeed?unchained
May 29, 2002 11:47 AM
Do they make Ti frames?
I don't think so - not in my experiences, anyway.RhodyRider
May 29, 2002 10:20 AM
I ride with two folks on bright Ti (one Merlin Agilis, one Merlin Road) and neither is clear-coated. My brushed (actually "satin" - meaning bead-blasted) LS is raw. In fact, I've never seen a clear-coated Ti frame, to be honest with you. Maybe check again?
Clearcoated Ti Framesunchained
May 29, 2002 11:50 AM
Any Ti frame can probably be clearcoated. DeRosa was and may still be clearcoated. Tommasini offers it at no extra cost.
UR Correctpmf1
May 29, 2002 12:50 PM
Yes, LS = Litespeed. Yeah, they make ti frames. Tomassini makes ti bikes? Never seen one. Guess anyone can buy a ti frame and put their decals on it.

Yes, any ti frame can be clear coated. In fact any frame can be clear coated. Clear coating ti frames isn't something that I've seen done very often. With the exception of DeRosa and Colnago (who used this really ugly yellowish clear coat some years ago), I've never seen ti frames clear coated. The only polished ti frames I've seen (Mongoose and LS) were not clear coated. Why would a mfg do it? And why would it matter on the cleanliness angle? Your comment that polished frames are probably clearcoated so it doesn't matter is wrong. I doubt the bikes this guy is looking at are clear coated. I suppose he could pay to have it done, but why?
Indeed I am.unchained
May 29, 2002 2:02 PM
Just like all their other frames, Tommasini makes their own Ti frames in-house, to order.

Who said polished frames are probably clearcoated? If I choose a polished frame it will be clearcoated, that is an no-cost option available.

Why clearcoat Ti? Protection. "Polished ti bikes really do look chrome-like. Kinda cool when they're all buffed up. About 10 minutes later, every fingerprint and spot of dirt is highly visible".
May 29, 2002 2:40 PM
Tom Kellogg of Spectrum clear coats his titanium frames. Go to the website and check out the frames.
re: clear coatcyclopathic
May 29, 2002 6:53 PM
I have one brushed'n'clearcoated it looks like clearcoated steel BMX bike. Bike stays cleaner through wet rides, but I am not fond of looks if I had a choice I'd stay with raw.
May 29, 2002 10:12 AM
The polished will get scuffed up and show scratches and such. The brushed, though not scratch proof, will hide most blemishes.
Try Shot-Peenedcyclinseth
May 29, 2002 12:02 PM
You've got to see an IF ti-Crown Jewel in the sunlight to get the full effect. It's a spectacular finish, very sparkly, and I've got one.
So tell us about the IF....koala
May 29, 2002 3:14 PM
What else did you compare it with, what made you pick it over the others?