Ti frame protection?
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?Posted 1 month agosolariderSubscriber
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.Posted 1 month ago
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?Posted 1 month agomarinerMember
I bought from these no complaints and quick service.Posted 1 month ago
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 🙂Posted 1 month ago
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 …Posted 1 month ago
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