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    Got a Pickenflick on the way.

    Does Ti need frame protection? Does it come with a finish / lacquer, or is it just plain metal? Can any scratches or marks be rubbed and blended back in?

    I’m certainly not going to splash out on £80 for an Invisiframe kit, but am thinking about some helicopter tape for areas to reduce cable rub, and the chainstay, or do I simply not need to bother?

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I don’t bother.

    Premier Icon shredder
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    I have a Kingdom Vendetta on which I have used strategically placed bits of helitape. Odd marks etc that the frame does pick up are virtually invisible anyway.

    mariner
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    ti frames don’t show ‘wear’ marks they acquire patina.
    Helicopter tape for mud accumulating places otherwise a rub down with wd40 and if its a brushed finish a rub with some very soft wire wool.

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    Absolutely no protection necessary. That’s the beauty of a brushed titanium frame. It won’t corrode.

    Cosmetically, of course it will mark from cable rub and the likes, but you just use green scotchbrite to bring it back to life. I would however recommend a chain stay protector just to stop the noise.

    Now bead blasted or polished finishes are a different and altogether less practical story, and I don’t know why brands do it. But brushed titanium is about the easiest finish to live with and keep looking good.

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    Excellent!

    I’ve not really bothered with my other bikes in the past (raw steel, painted aluminium), but as this bike is a bit more *special, wanted to keep it looking nice as well as being used hard. Good to know I don’t need to bother much.

    The fork is a matte black carbon item … Helicopter tape for that, or will that bugger up the finish if/when I come to remove it? (Used a cheap heli-tape imitation on a carbon fork years ago and removing it peeled away the lacquer and some of the paint)

    Any recommendations for where to get Heli tape?

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Black insulating/electrical tape will do on your forks.

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    Always use heat removing tape.

    guglielmo
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    I’d heli tape the cable rub areas and the chainstay if I were you… Titanium is not invincible against a steel chain and steel cables!

    TiRed
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    I don’t bother. You can polish then up or just rub down the blemishes. But it’s a durable finish

    shinton
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    I would however recommend a chain stay protector just to stop the noise.

    I find the noise of the chain on Ti quite agreeable 🙂

    mattsccm
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    For nearly 4 years my Pick has been scrubbed over with the green bit of a washing up pad then wiped in cheap WD40 Copt with the yellow side. Good as new . Ti is everything proof.

    rone
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    Scotchbrite and TF2.

    That’s it.

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    Recommend tape where the normal rub points for cables is. Ti is not everything proof and in time will wear – only a lot slower than an alloy frame even with normal cables. The evidence is on my HT. Also the downtube is not invincible to rocks and denting and a the slapping of a steel chain will in time take its toll. Do not believe any hype you hear that you can’t break a Ti frame either 🙂

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    This old thimg is still riding a treat after 22 years. Chainstay protector is all it got, never been polished.

    Handled some pretty chunky trails fully loaded, no bother. More worried about the wheels actually.

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    Anyone wax or polish their Ti frames? And if so, using what?

    rone
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    I do have some purpose ti polish but I find TF2 Lubricant spray is as good as anything.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Once in a blue moon* I’ll polish mine with some Brasso.

    * which makes it the end of this month

    slimjim78
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    ‘Nair’ hair removal wax actually works best on Ti frames. Or Veet is equally as good. Just don’t apply it with your man brush.
    Or do.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Silvo tarnish guard brings a nice finish to a bare ti frame (i found it better than brasso), use gloves otherwise your fingers will turn black

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    Great … Lots of interesting / unexpected advice!

    I’m after something that not only polishes, but gives at least a bit of a protective coating, ie will reduce greasy finger print marks, and allow the water to bead, so thinking along the lines of a wax. Realise it will need to be regularly re-applied (and I’ll probably get bored of doing so after a few muddy rides!) … Will the brasso / silvo give a bit of protection too, or do they just polish?

    Heard others recommending pledge furniture polish too …

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    Honestly, titanium doesn’t need anything done to it.

    Premier Icon zbonty
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    Not worth the energy IMO
    A couple of cable rub stickers and a chain stay protector only

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