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#1 2009-11-22 6:11am

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Polishing Steel

I picked up a few sets of black (painted) solid steel 3-piece cranks in new condition with some showing a little shelf wear.  I've already used a few as is but thought about stripping one or two and painting them to match whatever build I was going to use them on.  This idea quickly turned from a painting session into a polishing one...

I picked the most dinged up pair I had and hit them with stripper:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_01.jpg

When they were completely stripped they looked like this:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_02.jpg

This is when I wondered what they would look like polished so I took one to the buffing wheels.  I hit it with coarse compound using a stiff wheel then polishing compound using a softer wheel.  Lastly, I used Blue Magic and red-label Charmin to really bring out the shine.  Here is a stripped arm next to a polished one:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_03.jpg

Here a some before and after examples of the reflectivity:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_04.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_05.jpg

After completing one arm I put this project on the back burner and worked on a few other bike builds.  About six weeks passed and I decided to use these arms on my sons new build, an '85 Diamond Back Viper.  Rust had already started to form on the unfinished arm but the one treated with Blue Magic was still in perfect condition.  I attribute this to the silicon protective coating they claim is left when you polish with it.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_06_2.jpg

Here is what they look like mounted:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Polish_Steel_07.jpg

This is the 2nd time I've polished up some steel and am amazed with how shiny it can get...

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#2 2009-11-22 9:34am

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Re: Polishing Steel

Very nice polish job...how u prevent they wont get rust?
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#3 2009-11-22 9:44am

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Those look great!  I wonder if you periodically hit em' with the Blue Magic, if the rust would stay away.


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#4 2009-11-22 9:50am

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Re: Polishing Steel

i would polish them up then powder coat them clear. never worry about it again until you damage the clear.

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#5 2009-11-22 12:57pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

did you water slide those db decals also cause in need a set in that color


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#6 2009-11-22 4:34pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

Hey oldschuulbmxer!  Yes, they're waterslide decals but the color comes from the paint underneath.  More detailed shots here of how I applied them.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=177667

I'd only recommend using waterslides if you've got the frame taken apart for painting since you've got to clear coat the entire thing once they're on.

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#7 2009-11-23 5:00am

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Joe6187: I think the Blue Magic will keep the rust away.  If the rust comes back I'll post an update here letting you know how long it worked until it needed some attention.

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#8 2009-11-23 9:45pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

nice i'm a fan of polished bare metal it looks so serious like it means business


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#9 2009-11-23 9:47pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

this is great......  thanks for posting this.....the saga continues!!   big_smile


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#10 2010-07-09 11:44am

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how are the arms holding up ?


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#11 2010-07-09 2:22pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

i wonder if that will work on my frame hmm http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/mongoose/16745


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#12 2010-07-09 2:42pm

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Yes, it will.  Look at the rear triangle of this Haro: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=230792

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#13 2010-07-09 3:25pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

wired wrote:

Yes, it will.  Look at the rear triangle of this Haro: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=230792

thanx that looks great what do you do to keep it from rusting hmm


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#14 2010-07-09 6:33pm

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For the frame I used clear lacquer and it's holding up perfectly.

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#15 2010-07-09 7:25pm

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thanx i'll try that


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#16 2010-07-10 7:26am

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Re: Polishing Steel

BLUE MAGIG DOES WORK!!!   Check out my original post on polishing to a mirror shine,,,,Its MAGIC!!!   big_smile

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=16620


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#17 2010-07-10 8:34am

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Re: Polishing Steel

hoffman1 wrote:

BLUE MAGIG DOES WORK!!!   Check out my original post on polishing to a mirror shine,,,,Its MAGIC!!!   big_smile

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=16620

sweet  looks great big_smile


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#18 2010-07-10 8:45am

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big_smile


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#19 2010-07-19 6:41pm

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going to do the same thing to my profile cranks.  Will post pics when complete.  Thanks for the tip:lol:

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#20 2011-10-22 7:49pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

i know this is an old post but i wanted to thank you wired for letting us know about BLUE MAGIC!!!!
it works great and keeps a nice shine.  -keith

ps... your rebuilding skills are off the wall cool  you have inspired me to try new technics i would have never thought of my self.. WIRED YOU ROCK BRO!!! wink


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#21 2011-10-23 2:52am

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Thanks!  Hoffman1 above gets the credit (in my case at least) for sharing how well Blue Magic works.  Seventy five percent of the restoration methods I use have come from people before me here on the museum.

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#22 2011-10-26 8:55pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

I just did this on a set of Mosh cranks for my '03 Giant Modem. I was surprised how nice they came up...

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z475/Hrkhotrods/2011-10-23001327.jpg


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#23 2011-10-26 8:57pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

I just did this on a set of Mosh cranks for my '03 Giant Modem. I was surprised how nice they came up...

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z475/Hrkhotrods/2011-10-23001327.jpg


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#24 2011-10-26 9:09pm

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Re: Polishing Steel

chromoly buffs up gorgeously. i'm trying to get a sticker kit, so i can do a bike of mine....
just playing around. checking to see if i could do around welds well...... test test...
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x163/dedmann3/46162d9f.jpg
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x163/dedmann3/9720af7d.jpg
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x163/dedmann3/483e509c.jpg

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#25 2011-10-28 9:10am

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Re: Polishing Steel

looks great !!


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