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Opinions on frame polishing(6 posts)

Opinions on frame polishingJervis
Jul 19, 2003 5:52 PM
Ok here's the deal. I have an older frame from which the paint has been stripped off (it was in really bad condidion) and I've decided to polish it up, put some decals on it, and clear coat it. It's a really simple frame. Aluminum, no clever frame manipulations for aerodynamic efficiency, just a bunch of round metal tubes welded together. I want opinions on whether it would look better highly super mirror finish polished (like chrome) or more of a matte finish. I thought at first the mirror finish would look sweet as hell, but now I'm having second thoughts. The work is no issue. I've done plenty of body work on cars and various other metallic objects, so I'm no stranger to sanding. And don't try to talk me out of it, it has already begun, I'm just trying to figure out where I'm going to stop. So what do you think. A bike you can check your hair in or something kinda shiny but not overtly so.

Sand it all in one direction and...newridr
Jul 19, 2003 6:38 PM
keep it with that look. I had a friend do the same thing years ago and his bike looked really cool. Nobody else had a finish like that. In fact, Cannondale makes a single speed like that now and it looks great. The bike looks like it means business.

I say sand it with a fine grit paper all in one diretion, get the stickers, and then clearcoat it. It'll look great.
Jul 19, 2003 6:42 PM
If you polished it to a mirror finish, then every palm or finger print will detract from it's appearance and you'll spend more time messing with that than enjoying your bike......the matte finish would probably more practical for a bike....of course, if you did go with the mirror finish, you can always use the Pledge 'Finger-print Free' spray a new paint job out of the question??
Paint would be nice yeah...Jervis
Jul 19, 2003 8:07 PM
but this has turned out to be a low budget project. I can't afford a decent roadie at the moment (everything tied up in the Trek 9900) so I'm trying to make it look as nice as possible for as little as possible. Plus paint weighs more :)(though it's an 85 Cannondale, weight shouldn't be much of an issue) I hadn't thought about the fingerprint issue. For that matter anything that touched the frame would show up. Does that pledge stuff really work? As for that idea where you sand all in one direction, how do you go about that? Is it length wise with the tubing or around them? How do you get around the braze ons? What grit sandpaper do you use? Do you hit it with buffing compound or just the light sand paper + clear coat? More info would be great, thanks.

Go mirror! Let is shine!niteschaos
Jul 20, 2003 8:50 AM
Let me know how you get the mirror finish because I want to do the same thing to my bike once most of the paint becomes touch-up paint.
Fingerprints may drive you crazyKerry Irons
Jul 20, 2003 5:27 PM
A ridding buddy had a Cannodale tri-bike with polished Al. I assume it had a clear coat because it didn't oxidize, but he said it was a b**ch to take care of. He was constantly polishing out the fingerprints, etc. You don't see this stuff on a clear coated paint, but it really shows up on top of polished metal.