I have an old aluminium framed mountain bike which has developed some 'oxidation / corrosion' underneath the lacquer -- it kind of looks like little white worms!
The frame as original has a nice smooth, ball-burnished finish (it looks like brushed steel but on aluminium), so whilst I could have the frame sand-blasted this would leave it with a dull finish.
Does anyone please know of a way I can treat the frame such that it will strip the existing lacquer, decals and oxidation marks but leave the original smooth finish intact?
Failing that is there an 'easy' way to restore the polished finish after sand-blasting?
I realise that the simplest solution would be to blast the frame and then paint it, the dull finish from sand-blasting proving a good surface for paint to key to.
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