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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:42 am 
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Started out looking like this (not actual picture, but it was an anodized black Shimano spider).

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Then stripped the finish with oven cleaner, tons of hand sanding up to 1k grit, then a lot of machine and hand polishing. Painted the back of spider/arms with rattlecan finish and baked in oven for a little bit. The color changed from metallic silver to a light metallic gold, which is growing on me.

For the weight-inclined, it's 789 grams. Not a tank, but reasonable for its intended use.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:08 am 
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Those are super clean looking, kind of retro. Everything currently seems to be black

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:16 am 
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great job :thumbup:

I didn't go as far on my Shimano CX, leaving it raw. It doesn't look anywhere as pro as yours but suits me because I like a low Q factor moving my shoes in as close as poss to the cranks so I tend to rub on the crank arms.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:29 am 
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Very very nice, although not a big fan of the gold finish.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:52 am 
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Great work! These look fantastic.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:53 am 
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i'm not either, but i have zero desire to re-do it. maybe in a few years i'll get back to it.... :lol:

what happened was i painted it "titanium silver" (rustoleum) and it looked terrific. then i had it in the oven just a tad too long and it turned light gold. looks more gold in photo than in person, but it's still noticeable. oh well.

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Very very nice, although not a big fan of the gold finish.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:02 am 
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Looks good. Did you clear coat to prevent tarnish?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:09 am 
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Looks badass. If I knew how to do that I probably would do it too.


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no, i will polish every once in awhile with simichrome and a soft cloth. much easier. and no finish to scratch.

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Looks good. Did you clear coat to prevent tarnish?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:32 am 
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Wow, that's amazing!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:34 am 
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It looks very nice. It reminds me of the polished Litespeed titanium frames. That frame was an object to die for in those days...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:02 am 
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Very nice!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:36 pm 
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Dude. Awesome.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:52 pm 
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How many hours did you spend on the sanding and polishing? I've never been able to get through polishing project.

Looks great!


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Too long.

One of the trickier parts was getting rid of the Shimano logo. I think it's silkscreened with serious industrial perma-something, because it was a bear to remove.


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