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Discussion in 'Show & Shine' started by Vin Cent, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. dentdude36

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    Looks like you have a lot to do
     
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    Definitely:yesnod:
     
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    Did the sand pit or scratch the chrome?
    Can't see real good, and phone screen is small.
     
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    Yep it will be a long weekend...i might be done cleaning it by June meeting..lol

    I had the thing spotless too before I left...oh well. Wax on...wax Off..

    It was way fun id do it again and again.

    It also needs all the fluids changed after that run.

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    No way! I'm scared of the thought of taking sand paper to it!
     
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    No I don't think so...most of my bike is polished anyways. I was more worried about the paint on the gas tank getting chipped...im good there too!

    Think I'll be alright. I was planning on wetsanding the rims anyways to get scratches out prior to this trip.

    I bought two cans of this stuff...im eager to try it. I've actually never taken a hose to any of my bikes before. Usually I do it all by hand. Even though I get caught in the rain on both..so no real difference.

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    3000 will knock crud down and help clean the aluminum a little rubbing compound then billet polish and it looks chrome I did alicias bike a few days ago
     
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    Here's my pitbull IMG_0263.JPG
     
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    Have you been polishing?...:oldlaugh:
     
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    I did! Ruined it! This was before.

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    Yep that and the clutch cable will be removed and relubed

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    Visegrips? Shame on you..:oldlaugh:
     
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    Well it was shiny...:old2:
     
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    Think I used those with the welder to hold the nut and washer. That was when I was making the baffles.

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    Makes sense, just seeing visegrips on a lift raises red flags for me..like the dudes at the local Harley shop..
     
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    You guys crack me up. Take it to the car wash. Spray it with some degreaser and then wash the damn thing. Then go home and polish it up. Don't spray your electrical box or your hand controls or your front fork tube caps...but the motor/tranny/primary/swingarm/shocks/bottom area is fine to wash down. I've been doing that on bikes for 20 years, 10 years + now on my K9. You need to blast all that crap out/off of the motor, not grind it into the cracks trying to wipe it away.

    When you get home unscrew the fork caps and blow the water out where it sits on the seals. Blow the hand controls and electrical box/ehc area out too if you want.
     
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    Best way to polish aluminum is to get someone else to do it! Best Aluminum polish -- whatever their using!
     
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    I hear dentdude is pretty good at polishing, and doesn't have much of a work schedule..:oldlaugh:
     
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    is that chrome or severely polished al? I heard that polished al can be as bright as chrome just not sure how to get mine that bright
     
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    There are several threads on it. I have been testing different ways to get it really shinny. Depending on how bad it is, sanding works really well. Start with 1000 grit if it's really bad, then work your way up to 3000 grit. If it's just stained and discolored, use 0000 steal wool, then 3000 grit paper. Then finish it off with mother's billet polish. The secret is, flannel cloth. Get rid of the micro fiber rags, they scratch.
    I'll link another post in a minute.
     
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