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How to clean titanium frame?(13 posts)

How to clean titanium frame?GixxerRick
Sep 3, 2003 1:55 PM
I just bought a titanium litespeed frame, and the stickers are peeling off, i was just wondering how do you clean the sticker off the frame, and whats the proper way to clean titanium frames, i dont know which solvent to use without damaging the frame, any help would greatly be appreciated...Thanks
re: How to clean titanium frame?daCaT_
Sep 3, 2003 2:21 PM
I was told alcohol to get off sticky sports drinks and Pledge on a rag to get rid of fingerprints.

Titanium doesnt react with much (which is why i have Ti rods in my back).
Lemon Pledge. nmfirstrax
Sep 3, 2003 3:22 PM
Windex and Lemon Pledge..........nmdavet
Sep 3, 2003 3:38 PM
re: How to clean titanium frame?LC
Sep 3, 2003 4:35 PM
WD-40 works for the stickers, in fact that is about all WD-40 is good for.

Soap and water works well for cleaning Ti.
You won't damage it unless you use pure chlorineKerry Irons
Sep 3, 2003 4:41 PM
Chlorine/Ti fires are a serious safety problem in industry (note: this is chlorine, not chlorine bleach - the green gas, under pressure!). Otherwise, Ti is a very impervious metal, and you can use any solvent that comes to hand. The easy way to remove decals is heat them with a hair dryer, peel off the decal, and then remove any residual adhesive with nail polish remover, paint thinner, WD-40, etc. You can get new decals from Litespeed. You can clean the frame with plain water, soapy water, citrus cleaner, etc. Clean up any scratches (there won't be many) or rubbed spots with a green Scotchbrite pad, assuming you have a "brushed" and not polished finish.
re: How to clean titanium frame?MasterBlaster
Sep 3, 2003 6:26 PM
My LBS suggested I use Bike Lust for my ti frame. It works great for paint, stickers, bare titanium.
Trust me on this one.the bull
Sep 3, 2003 7:26 PM
Finger nail polish remover on the stickers.
Windex on the frame.
WD-40 on a rag - nmNessism
Sep 3, 2003 9:01 PM
WD-40 on a rag - nmGixxerRick
Sep 3, 2003 9:45 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys...
just did ittarwheel
Sep 4, 2003 6:06 AM
I recently bought a used ti frame and had the same questions. Tried a hairdryer to remove decals without much luck. What worked best for me was a can of acetone (same stuff as nail polish remover) from the hardware store -- just sop it up in a rag, spread generously over the decals, let it sit a little bit, and then start rubbing. Decals came off easily, particularly if used in combination with a ScotchBrite pad. The Scotchbrit also works well for cleaning the finish, assuming your frame is brushed not polished. Use a circular motion so the brushed finish looks more natural, rather than straight lines. If your frame has a polished finish, simply clean with Windex and polish with Lemon Pledge.

You can buy replacement decals from Litespeed and some aftermarket dealers (do a google search). I would be tempted to use aftermarket decals because I hate the stock yellow Litespeed colors and I've heard that Litespeed decals do not hold up well. To apply the decals, attach some masking tape along one edge and position them properly, then peel off the backing on the sticky side, burnish so they stick well, then remove the other side of backing.
just did itGixxerRick
Sep 6, 2003 11:04 PM
Thanks for all the awesome feedback on this topic, im shooting over to home depot tommorrow, and gonna pick up the supplies and start working....Thanks once again..
re: How to clean titanium frame?lazy8
Sep 4, 2003 6:14 AM
I clean mine with diluted degreaser. I also try to wax the frame with a liquid auto wax. Makes it a lot easer to clean for about six months. Sorry I cant help w/ the decals