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1/14/2015 10:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/14/2015 10:35 PM

well got my forks from mario (thanks again man) checked the fit on my headset, good enough, not perfect, but good enough to ride on for now- so, i took the forks to the wirewheel on my bench grinder, about an hour later, i got these
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i wiped them clean, and put some neverdull on them in the mean time to keep it from rusting, just reassembled to keep it all together,
got allota polishin ahead of me, and still need to do the inside of the forks, and on the dropouts, so anybody got any polishes to reccomend?

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1/15/2015 1:52 AM

I usually use really fine sand paper on steel befpre polishing gives a much better result.

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1/15/2015 4:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2015 4:27 AM

Mychaylo wrote:

I usually use really fine sand paper on steel befpre polishing gives a much better result.

thats the plan, just was getting as much of the paint off as possible
gotta get... 400,600,800,1000,1200,1500,and 2000 grit maybe whatever is above 2k if i can find it... and some automotive grade clearcoat should only cost round 20ish bucks


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1/15/2015 5:29 AM

If youre gonna polish steel you may aswell get it powdered clear. Rattle can clear will work for a bit but as soon as it starts to rust, say byebye to all that hard work.

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1/15/2015 6:01 AM

HardBMX_Tim wrote:

If youre gonna polish steel you may aswell get it powdered clear. Rattle can clear will work for a bit but as soon as it ...more

ive inquired to a body shop about how much it'll cost to chrome plate them, hopefully I hear back from them before i do clear coat it, but it'd still have to basically get polished to near chrome for the chrome plating to look its best.

you can powder coat in clear O.o ? what socery is this?

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1/15/2015 6:13 AM

HardBMX_Tim wrote:

If youre gonna polish steel you may aswell get it powdered clear. Rattle can clear will work for a bit but as soon as it ...more

dkTechEthan wrote:

ive inquired to a body shop about how much it'll cost to chrome plate them, hopefully I hear back from them before i do clear ...more

No. The companies that make raw parts just take their time to rattlecan them really well.

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1/15/2015 6:14 AM

And you may aswell buy new chrome forks for the price of chroming those.

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1/15/2015 6:23 AM

Use a copper brush to polish it : )

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1/15/2015 7:20 AM

HardBMX_Tim wrote:

If youre gonna polish steel you may aswell get it powdered clear. Rattle can clear will work for a bit but as soon as it ...more

dkTechEthan wrote:

ive inquired to a body shop about how much it'll cost to chrome plate them, hopefully I hear back from them before i do clear ...more

Contact Chrome masters.com. I've had them do my frame, bars, stems and sprocket... AMAZING WORK! They say you can't chrome aluminum well, chrome masters can. Everything I sent in was original black painted , they'll do all the work and better then anyone.

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1/15/2015 9:09 AM

Chroming is only worth it if you are really attatched to a part, its more cost effective to buy a new part in chrome. I would do a tutorial on polishing steel but my first went down like a lead balloon.

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1/15/2015 9:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2015 9:42 AM

Meh I might just use some gloss black and take them back to spec, will depend on how much effort I feel like... Be ashame to hide those pretty welds tho. I'll post pics as I go. Knowing my ocd I'll probably have then nearly mirror polished... I'm sure if i use a high quality automotive grade gloss it'll be fine... Like 3or 4 coats and it should be good.

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1/15/2015 9:47 AM

My stem and cranks polished using a copper brush.Photo

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1/15/2015 10:37 AM

dkTechEthan wrote:

Meh I might just use some gloss black and take them back to spec, will depend on how much effort I feel like... Be ashame to ...more

Just so you know, by sanding/polishing you will remove any coloring of the weld that may still be there from the manufacturing process.

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1/15/2015 11:05 AM

dkTechEthan wrote:

Meh I might just use some gloss black and take them back to spec, will depend on how much effort I feel like... Be ashame to ...more

dave lawrence wrote:

Just so you know, by sanding/polishing you will remove any coloring of the weld that may still be there from the manufacturing ...more

I dont think that bothers him

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1/15/2015 12:02 PM

dkTechEthan wrote:

Meh I might just use some gloss black and take them back to spec, will depend on how much effort I feel like... Be ashame to ...more

dave lawrence wrote:

Just so you know, by sanding/polishing you will remove any coloring of the weld that may still be there from the manufacturing ...more

tomdon wrote:

I dont think that bothers him

Weld color doesn't really do much. The color was already removed anyways when I brushed the forks on the bench grinder. Didn't have any stripper. I just want to get the forks as close as possible to mirror polished as possible I know it'll dull some when I clear coat it, but hey. Don't want it rusting... Besides their odyssey forks. For me the weld color isn't the pretty part. It's the bead lines, their so smooth and perfect I've never seen nicer welding not even on my dad's old 1970s schwinn varsity

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1/15/2015 1:25 PM

dkTechEthan wrote:

Weld color doesn't really do much. The color was already removed anyways when I brushed the forks on the bench grinder. Didn't ...more

Gotcha, well that schwinn probably wasn't TIG welded. smile

But yea, finer and finer grit sandpaper, polish a LOT. Then take it to an auto body shop for clear coat.

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1/15/2015 11:17 PM

its really hard to get that chrome shine on steel just by polishing… you really think its worth all that work?

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1/16/2015 10:21 AM

A08 wrote:

its really hard to get that chrome shine on steel just by polishing… you really think its worth all that work?

Therapeutic... Keeps me outta my head and my mind off current Bullshit...

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1/16/2015 11:23 AM

Use some mothers mag and wheels polish.

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1/17/2015 3:17 AM

update 250-2000 grit
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1/17/2015 3:38 AM

looking real nice man! Ive stared fitting at work (just filling, hacksawing, and POLISHING) and I have to say, you got commitment! I get pissy about polishing a tiny piece of flat steel. Props to you! Looks like youve done a proper job!

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1/17/2015 5:54 AM

Nice work!
Want to do this to a Turtleneck stem

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1/17/2015 6:11 AM

MidWestBMX wrote:

Nice work!
Want to do this to a Turtleneck stem

I'm planning to do the crank arms Mario sent me. But they need some some more tlc.

@midwest. Send me the stem, and pay for return shipping. And I'll be happy to send u back a nice polished aluminum stem. And if ya wanna throw some beer money in... Okay honesty part money, that's cool too. Let me know.

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1/17/2015 6:55 AM

Wow man that looks nice finish it off with mothers mag and wheels.

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1/17/2015 9:20 AM

Props man. That's looking nice, and I know from experience that's a ton of work

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1/17/2015 6:29 PM

dkTechEthan wrote:

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1/20/2015 8:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/20/2015 8:56 AM

well, I think this is quite the improvement!
new cranks(170s) new forks(28mm offset), Merrit Mighty Sprocket, and Chromed Odyssey Hazard lite Rim on the way, Courtesy of Maximus and A08
just need a new stem...
Once again, Thanks Mario for the forks and cranks!(oh and my sprocket was warped was the drive problem.
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