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Titanium frame - finish question(8 posts)

Titanium frame - finish questionFez
Mar 25, 2003 10:50 AM
A riding buddy has a frame with the bright brushed Ti finish. Like most frames a few years old, the finish is in great condition but the decals look like crap so he wanted to clean up the appearance and remove some of the decals.

They came off just fine with nail polish remover, but an outline of the lettering from the decals still remains and is quite visible if you look at certain angles and lighting conditions.

Its very much like removing pinstriping from a car after it is 4 years old and can see a difference from the aging and fading of the paint, except we weren't aware that bare Ti faded.

Any ideas, besides applying identical fresh decals?
re: Titanium frame - finish questionPaulCL
Mar 25, 2003 10:58 AM
The old Delorean automobile with the titanium or stainless steel finish could be buffed out with steel wool. Go to a woodworking supply place (HD, Lowes) and get some "000" or "0000" grade steelwool and give it a shot on not-so-noticeable spot. It might work...or maybe I'm completely off base here...I dunno..just an idea.

Disclaimer: Uh....oh hell...Doug...please write one for me.
First, just try a ScotchBright cleaning pad. (nm)TFerguson
Mar 25, 2003 12:09 PM
re: Titanium frame - finish questionJuanmoretime
Mar 25, 2003 12:10 PM
I just refinished a brite brush ti frame and my Vortex, Doug steel wool is a no-no. Use Scotchbrite and do the whole frame and apply new decals or leave it bare. The frame will look brand new when you do for about 1o minutes of work. Rub around the the circumference of the tube not the length, another words, rub with the grain in the brush finish.
re: Titanium frame - finish questionFez
Mar 25, 2003 12:38 PM
Did you see a discoloration under your decals once you removed them?

No scratches on his frame, so he would prefer to remove the discoloration (if possible) rather than Scotchbriting them out. Either way, it looks pretty easy. Scotchbriting them would require removing the top tube cable and a steady hand.
re: Titanium frame - finish questionJuanmoretime
Mar 25, 2003 2:33 PM
Yes, I did see the discoloration. I had my framed completely stripped down which made it a breeze to rebrush the whole frame. I went new decals, headtube badge and seatpost clamp. Steady hand is not really required, titanium is pretty forgiving so if you brush the wrong way, you just go over it again and all appears fine.
re: Titanium frame - finish questionJuanmoretime
Mar 25, 2003 2:36 PM
One last comment. If you just touch up a spot. it will be brighter for only a short period of time and then seems to blend in pretty well. So your firend can spot touch it up.
re: Titanium frame - finish questionpmf1
Mar 26, 2003 6:23 AM
Yeah, that's what I do on mine if it gets scratched -- I just buff the affected area with a green pad. It does look brighter initially, but this goes away pretty fast. This guy should just buff the area where the decals were.