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  • Raw Aluminium Frame Looking a Bit Tired… What to do?
  • Premier Icon iwluap
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    Hi, my bike frame is raw aluminium, which is now looking a bit tired, mottled and dull. It’s about 4 years old. I like the raw finsh, because I am not as fussed about chips and scratches as I would be if it was painted, but I would like to rejuvinate it.

    Any hints or tips on how to get it looking better? My thoughts are brushing/polishing or getting the frame powder coated (I know this is contrary to my above comments about chips and scratches!). But I have no experience of either buffing up aluminium or powder coating.

    All advice and experiences welcomed!

    Premier Icon neilthewheel
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    I had my Orange Evo2 shotblasted and powder coated for that same reason. It came up ve ry well. Powder coat is pretty hard wearing. Even a raw finish would need a laquer coat to stop it oxidising.

    Premier Icon NorthCountryBoy
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    Give it a good rub over with scotch brite or course wire wool. Brillo pads will work ok but there a bit soft.

    Premier Icon elliptic
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    If you want to bring back some shinyness then here’s your weapon:-

    Premier Icon iwluap
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    Thanks for the replies! Looks like buffing up the raw look will need some elbow grease, which is to be expected.

    Neil – how are you finding the powder coat? Did you go for a fancy colour? A change like that could make it seem like a whole new bike?!

    Premier Icon I_Ache
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    Just rub it down with wire wool. As long as you don’t want it to shine you shouldn’t have to put that much effort in.

    On my old frame I just have it a light rub down every now and again.

    Premier Icon Olly
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    pft. Elbow grease? Get a soft wire wheel or sanding flail for your drill!

    Premier Icon neilthewheel
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    I just had it powder coated white – it was a few years ago now but people still ask me if I’ve got a new bike!

    Premier Icon stevied
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    When I bought my frame, 2nd hand, it had been rawed and looked pretty tatty so I got it sprayed. This lasted quite well but was chipped fairly easily. Then got bored of the colour and fancied a changed so had it powder coated. The finish is much tougher and is lasting very well (with the help of some helitape).
    When I got it:

    Painted:

    Powder Coated:

    I like a good raw finish but it does take some work to get it looking good and not just ‘rubbed down’.

    Premier Icon GSI-MAN
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    Buy some Autosol from Halfords or similar places.
    Looks like a tube of toothpaste and within half an hour you will have a frame that looks new again.
    Simples 😀

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