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Titanium Maintenance(13 posts)

Titanium MaintenanceRickC5
Oct 31, 2002 5:44 AM
I just got a new Litespeed. How can I keep the frame looking as nice as it does now? Car wax? Other ideas?

I have seen several older Litespeeds that look like lead. You know, grey & dull. I would like to prevent my bike from looking like that if its at all possible to do so.

Thanks!
re: Titanium Maintenancejoekm
Oct 31, 2002 6:02 AM
I suspect titanium will respond well to an occasional wipe with WD-40.

Whatever you do, however, don't use a chlorine based cleaner on titanium. Chlorine can react with titanium and make it brittle over time.

Other than that, Ti is a pretty remarkable metal in terms of toughness and corrosion resistance.
re: Titanium Maintenancemja
Oct 31, 2002 6:03 AM
I have used a 000 steel-wool substitute -- a 3M product -- to shine up Ti handlebars and seat post on a mountain bike.
pedro's bike lust...seyboro
Oct 31, 2002 6:23 AM
...is the ticket. Spray it on and wipe/polish immediately. I have owned a Palmares for 2 years, fantastic results - the frame looks like new ater 16.000 miles. Also, wipe the chainstay after every ride and you'll never need one of those ugly protectors.
second thatfbg111
Oct 31, 2002 6:31 AM
I use it on an alum bike, but can vouch for its effectiveness. Good stuff, keeps the dirt and water off well, makes the bike shiny and clean.
Lemon Pledge,TJeanloz
Oct 31, 2002 6:26 AM
Lemon Pledge makes Litespeed ti very shiny- most dealers use it to shine up the frames on the floor and take fingerprints off. A word of caution though- the generic 'pledges' don't work (they leave a streaky finish), it has to be name brand. For scratches, a scotchbrite pad can be used to buff them out.

However, the older Litespeeds that look like lead is also a result of a change in finishing technique- Litespeed originally sent all of their frames out in a mirror-like finish, then went to the opposite end of the dull spectrum with a very matte finish, and now send them out with a 'bright' matte finish.
lemon pledge - works nicely!Smoothie
Oct 31, 2002 8:09 AM
works like a charm to keep your litespeed nice and new looking.

I was just starting to clean my bike:
I use it on my steel bikes tooColnagoFE
Oct 31, 2002 8:28 AM
makes 'em all shiny and keeps dirt off a bit longer.
Look at those gorgeous welds!!! Oh, yeah, Pledge...(nm)BowWow
Oct 31, 2002 3:23 PM
re: Titanium MaintenanceRhodyRider
Oct 31, 2002 6:32 AM
Part of your puzzlement might come from the fact that Litespeed used to have fewer "glossy" finish options. For instance, my 1997 Catalyst is matte - it was bead-blasted, not polished in any way. I didn't (don't) want a polished/mirror frameset. So the dull grey frames you have seen, they might have come straight from Chattanooga looking like that. (I love the bead-blasted finish, I keep it very clean & Bike Lust-ed and it has a way of reflecting light that is quite nice, almost velvety.) FWIW.
re: Titanium MaintenanceFez
Oct 31, 2002 7:01 AM
>>I just got a new Litespeed. How can I keep the frame looking as nice as it does now? Car wax? Other ideas?

Water and mild soap solution if needed. I usually only have to wipe down fingerprints, sweat, and road dust. Don't worry - Ti is incredibily durable and low maint. Just don't clean too vigorously - the decals are more likely to come off.

>>I have seen several older Litespeeds that look like lead. You know, grey & dull. I would like to prevent my bike from looking like that if its at all possible to do so.

Those older LS may have the older satin finishes. Newer ones have a brighter brushed finish. I also notice mine (2 years old) appears more shiny depending on the light.
Windex, followed by Lemon Pledge....(nm)gogene
Oct 31, 2002 7:18 AM
re: Titanium MaintenanceShad
Oct 31, 2002 8:25 AM
A bucket of soapy water works well, but I also love Goo Gone in the spray bottle. It really gets the grime and grease off. I'll also agree that lemon pledge is great for the final detailing, although Pedro's bike lust works well too.