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Polishing a titanium frame tips?

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Polishing a titanium frame tips?
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Posted: Nov 26, 2021 at 20:25 Quote
Hey guys. So I know virtually nothing about polishing metals. I stripped all paint off my titanium hardtail, and just want to give it a clear near mirror finish. I'm currently at a stage of wet sanding it down with a 1000 grid. I already tried polishing it with some polish and a polishing pad but no results. Still got that hazy look with tiny scratches.
Scratches are probably there because I'm not on high enough of a grid, so how high should I go?
And when I try to hit it with a drill attachment that I used for stripping the paint, it goes down and makes it nice and shinny.... Literally the way I want it, other than the scratches. Is it because of the heat that it produces? How do I get it to be shiny?
Thanks in advance.

Posted: Nov 27, 2021 at 11:55 Quote
You need to be working down to at least 2000 grade paper, probably then wet'n'dry, and then buff it with a buffing pad and some metal polish/buffing compound. It's pretty much what you're doing already, just finer and finer stages of polishing

Posted: Nov 27, 2021 at 17:31 Quote
The quickest way I've found is with a buffing wheel right from the start. you can use it with a hand drill , and start with a course compound and work your way up to fine. The buffing compound comes in a stick and each color is a different grit.

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