Polishing aluminum parts is a very labor intensive process , especially without appropriate equipment .
Ok I'll bite...how does dropping/shooting little ball bearings at a frame toxify the environment? :skep:bingemtbr said:Ball Burnishing, while cool, is quite toxic to the environment. So finding frames/manufacturers who offer this option are few and far in-between.
A quick touchup with Mother's polish awalys does the trick.:thumbsup:Mountain Cycle Shawn said:It takes some time, but it's pretty easy once you learn. Just don't get the Aluminum on your skin!
Right on! It looks like a '96, like mine. Did you build that up?Vader said:A quick touchup with Mother's polish awalys does the trick.:thumbsup:
Did you also know that polishing will help prevent metal from cracking!RatchAttack said:I've polished alot of aluminum over the last few years and can tell you this: Its hard work, it looks great, its not going to ruin your parts.
I've found Mother Aluminum and Mag polish to work the best for me, and everything I've done has been done completely by hand with a rag.
My first polished frame https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=393245
My latest work https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=503257
Now here is something important to know about aluminum and corrosion. Bare aluminum (i.e. polished aluminum) will begin to oxide with the oxygen in the air immediately, so every few weeks you'll have to do a quick polish job to keep it looking great. However, the very thin coating of aluminum oxide (corroded aluminum) will protect the component from any further corrosion, so your parts will not corrode away and fail and there will be no reduction in strength. No parts I've ever polished have failed (except the first GT frame which was by no means related to the polishing) so rest assured and get polishing.
Really? I had no idea, learn something new everydayMountain Cycle Shawn said:Did you also know that polishing will help prevent metal from cracking!