The effect on hardness and precipitate microstructure of elastically straining a 6060 Al-Mg-Si alloy during natural ageing or artificial ageing has been investigated. The elastic strain is here defined as 50 % of the material yield strength. All heat treatments where elastic straining was applied led to an increased hardness compared to the unstrained reference material. Quantitative investigations of the precipitate microstructure using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) did not indicate any significant difference in precipitate parameters as compared to the unstrained reference material. Therefore the increased strength in the elastically strained material is being linked to strain induced dislocations based on faster ageing kinetics compared to unstrained reference samples.