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    How Do I Polish My Vitus 979?

    Wondering what to use to polish the non-anodized portions of the frame?

    I've seen some frames with fork and stays polished to a high luster, however I assume that those parts of the frame are clear coated, correct? If so, I would assume that a very light auto rubbing compound or car polish with very light abrasives would be my best option?
    The frame looks pretty good already, just want to clean it up a bit w/o removing the clear coat.

    What about the head tube and juncture at the top tube/seat tube as those appear to be a differnet type of aluminum. Also clear coated or should I try an aluminum polish there?

    Getting close to putting this puppy on the road.

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    I believe the lugs and stays are anodized(clear) as well....

    You can try an aluminum/metal polish to remove any old dirt and grime...
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    Dave I don't think I'd want to try any type of metal polish on a clear coated surface would I?

    That said, the head tube and lugging around the TT/Seat tube area sure look different than the stays and forks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawker12 View Post
    Dave I don't think I'd want to try any type of metal polish on a clear coated surface would I?

    That said, the head tube and lugging around the TT/Seat tube area sure look different than the stays and forks?
    I don't think it's clear coated...it's anodized... The lugs are no different than crank arms.. They have a clear anodized finish...try some polishing wax first and see if they shine up...
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    Try mothers aluminum. That is what i used to polish...

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    Try olive oil. It was suggested to my wife years ago for hers and she was happy with the results. And if you aren't satisfied with the results ain't nothin' gonna be hurt.

    It may have been suggested by Vitus or their distributer because the shop owner that we got it from told us. Man, he rode a nice pink one with full Dura-Ace. He shoulda never sold that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawker12 View Post

    I've seen some frames with fork and stays polished to a high luster, however I assume that those parts of the frame are clear coated, correct? If so, I would assume that a very light auto rubbing compound or car polish with very light abrasives would be my best option?
    I agree they are clear coated.
    Do you want a polished finish or to keep the matt shinning finish?

    I have an as new 979 frame here and will try, what Dr. Porsche told us for the good old Fuchs weels (same finish): Vaseline!

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