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Polished Ti...scratched!(8 posts)

Polished Ti...scratched!hayaku
Sep 3, 2002 2:24 AM
I'm not that worried about it though. I bought a 99 Lightspeed Ultimate on the weekend. Without a fork for about $600US! It was a showroom model and far too big for people where I live.

It has some minor scratches, I didn't even notice them in my haste to buy it. Can you buff scratches out or do they last forever too?

re: Polished Ti...scratched!pmf1
Sep 3, 2002 4:03 AM
That's a great deal. I bought the same one two years ago for $1600 (w/ Look HSC2 fork). I really like mine. I'd take it over the new model with cr@p like integrated HS and carbon stays.

I have the brushed model and you can buff the scratches out with steel wool or a fine green buffing pad (I've used these). I suspect you can do the same with the polished frame by first buffing the scratch out with a relatively coarser green pad and then shining it up with finer steel wool.
bad advice...C-40
Sep 3, 2002 4:34 AM
The polished Litespeed finish is a very bright electropolished finish. It is extremely difficult to match the brilliance of this finish with even the finest buffing compound. I know I've tried. Scotchbright pads or steel wool will only damage the finish.

A google search on metal polishing will get you to several sites that have info on the proper method and materials to polish most common metals. Many of the buffing wheels and compounds are available in the tool section of home improvement stores. Unfortunately Ti doesn't polish as nicely as brass, copper, aluminum or stainless steel.
re: Polished Ti...scratched!Texas Spinner
Sep 3, 2002 4:26 AM
Or you can always ship it to Litespeed. Might not cost that much.
Sep 3, 2002 7:00 AM
I don't like scratches either, but if you actually use the bike rather than just display it in a glass case, chances are it will acquire more scratches. It's not a war you can win. Titanium won't rust, so why worry about it?
um.... part IIretro
Sep 3, 2002 8:17 AM
FWIW, I'm with mr_spin: It's a piece of outdoor equipment. If you use it, it's going to get scratches in it. Spend your time riding, not polishing.
get brushed finish instead of polished? (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 3, 2002 10:15 AM
re: Polished Ti...scratched!seeker333
Sep 3, 2002 1:17 PM
i'd leave it alone too. i have a unicoi, its already "semi-polished" finish for the same reasons.

but if you can't, i'd be real careful with steel wool. you'll have to polish the crap out of it afterwards, you'll end up worse off and worry about the small amount of metal you removed and its effect on tube strength.

regular ole car polish works pretty good for polishing, but you'll have arms the size of popeye by the time you take out a small scratch with it. plus either a big dull spot or big shiny spot depending on the surrounding fisish. oh and did i mention the decals will polish right out too, long before the scratch...