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How to polish a steel bike?

Kalidurga2012-07-13 22:19:12 +0000 #1
I'm surprised I couldn't find anything on this with a quick search 'cause I swear I've seen it discussed here before, but a friend is stripping an old Schwinn and wants to polish the steel to a mirror shine before putting on a clear coat. Anyone have any recommendations of the best way to polish steel?
nscrbug2012-07-13 22:25:55 +0000 #2
Well, I'm not sure about steel...but I have a bare titanium bike and I've been told by my bike manufacturer to use Lemon Pledge on it.
7rider2012-07-13 22:25:54 +0000 #3
withm2012-07-13 23:26:32 +0000 #4
I don't think using Lemon Pedge or Pedro's Bike Lust is what she's after here. She wants to polish it to a shine before applying a clear coat. I'm pretty sure that any substance like Pledge or Bike Lust would need to be removed before applying the clear coat.
Catrin2012-07-13 22:49:46 +0000 #5
Unsure, but perhaps you could call an approachable frame builder or company that makes steel frames and ask? I've found Waterford to be quite approachable, and if they could handle the rather odd questions I came up with during the design of my one-off custom Gunnar, I am sure that they would take this question quite in stride...

Would steel wool scratch? I just don't know, but that was the first thing that came to my mind.
Kalidurga2012-07-14 00:40:48 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by withm

I don't think using Lemon Pedge or Pedro's Bike Lust is what she's after here. She wants to polish it to a shine before applying a clear coat. I'm pretty sure that any substance like Pledge or Bike Lust would need to be removed before applying the clear coat.

Exactly. My first thought was, like Catrin's, steel wool, but I also wasn't sure if that would leave a smooth finish so I didn't suggest it to him.
OakLeaf2012-07-13 23:34:33 +0000 #7
I don't know if I've done unplated steel, but I've had really good results with Simichrome.
Kalidurga2012-07-13 23:22:28 +0000 #8
Simichrome sounds more like what he needs, but this page: www.simichrome-polish.com/ mentions that it leaves a protective film. Would that create issues with the application of the clear coat?

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