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Cleaning Titanium Frame???(11 posts)

Cleaning Titanium Frame???Bizzaro
Jul 29, 2003 2:27 PM
I own a Lemond Victoire Titanium Frame. It's starting to tarnish and get dull. Can anyone suggest a polish to use or any other way to make it shinny and new again? I don't want to use somthing to harsh that will eat away at the frame.
Thank you,
They'll tolerate almost anything except ...Humma Hah
Jul 29, 2003 2:34 PM
... chlorinated solvents (trichloroethane, perk, methylene chloride, stuff like that). Chlorinated solvents will cause Ti to crack.

Vaguely, in the back of my mind, strong bases are also not a great idea. That would include lye, ammonia, and polishes like Brasso that contain ammonia (which, by the way, is bad for brass, too).

Ti is impervious to almost everything else you're likely to use for cleaning. Most automotive rubbing compounds, polishes, cleaners, etc, should be fine.
wash with soapy water, dry, then Lemon Pledge! nmdavet
Jul 29, 2003 3:42 PM
Second that...Ti does not like Chlorine (nm)joekm
Jul 30, 2003 7:26 AM
WindexKerry Irons
Jul 29, 2003 3:55 PM
Your frame is more likely dirty than tarnished. Ti doesn't tarnish in normal use. Clean it up with soapy water, and restore any "polished" spots (from cable rubbing, etc.) with a green ScotchBrite pad.
re: Cleaning Titanium Frame???rideamountain
Jul 29, 2003 4:21 PM
WD-40. It makes titanium shine like brand new. I have used it for many years on my ti bikes, as have a few of my friends. You will love the results.

Jul 29, 2003 5:08 PM
WD-40 works great on Ti! Spray on a rag and wipe down frame. Works great to cut through grease and grime on components and chains too. Not a great lube however.

Jul 29, 2003 6:06 PM
I have to try that on my Ti frame. Did you know that WD-40 was originally used as a windshield de-icer for aircraft.
re: Cleaning Titanium Frame???03Vortex
Jul 30, 2003 4:45 AM
Since you have a painted Ti frame, use any good automotive polish or Bike Lust is good to. You want to protect the paint like on a car. I have a bare/unpainted Ti frame (Litespeed) and have used Lemon Pledge, Bike Lust and once have used Flitz metal polish. All worked great.
My recommendation & a follow-up QSkidoo
Jul 30, 2003 7:20 AM
I have a bare brushed Dean Ti frame and I usually just wash it with cool soapy water. In between these thorough cleanings I just wipe it down with Lemon Pledge. However, I'm annoyed by how quickly the brushed finish shows fingerprints. Does anyone know of something that I can apply to the frame that will slow the smudging? Anyone use auto wax or something similar with good results?
My recommendation & a follow-up Q03Vortex
Jul 30, 2003 11:51 AM
Same here on my Litespeed and I agree. Looks great after its "pledged" though. I wipe my bike down after every single ride with a damp cloth to get rid of sweat and/or road grime. I have also used Bike Lust but it seems as if there isn't anything we can do about the smudging.