when u said the polish is a good idea did u mean its a good idea if i decide to make my fram shine like glass or did u mean its good for normal upkeep.thx
If the frame is still the standard 'dull' silver look, then no amount of polish will make it look shiny. The frame is coated with a clear anodizing that stops the aluminum from oxidising.
also how does your fram look today and after the fram is polished how often do u need to polish it to maintain the shine? and if u just sick of polishing it will it go back to the stock look
I did a really thorough job of sanding/polishing the frame and swingarm. Problem was, as soon as the bike got any water on it, I got water spots etching into the bare aluminum that needed to be polished to be removed.
I needed to polish it about every week...sooner if it got wet. I hated the upkeep, plus I decided my bike looked too 'pimpish' with the polished look. And if you just left it, it would never go back to the original look....the aluminum would just oxidise. Unfortunately, once you go polished, there is NO going back! You either commit to the upkeep, or you have to get the frame painted or powdercoated.
So, in my situation, I elected to have the frame and swingarm powdercoated in a black minitex. It's a very fine satin black texture that makes the frame look both modern, and new again, requires ZERO upkeep and is super durable.
As Fastrr mentioned, the English Polish sounds like a good idea if you really want the polished look with minimal upkeep. But after I decided to powdercoat the frame, even had I known about the polish, it wouldn't have motivated me to keep the frame polished.
Like I said, I'm not into bling. I have a standout, attention-seeking bike, that doesn't have one polished or chromed part on it. Actually, I lie....the triple clamp nut is chromed (from the factory!!). But it's horses for courses...you need to do what makes you happy.
Originally Posted by Fastrr
I think I'll do the frame on my bike, it's full of tiny scratches.
Fastrr......I thought you were selling your bike mate?