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

  1. Th3InfamousI

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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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    Wow, I just went back through that long thread. What I wanted to show you is on pages 14 and 15
     
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    Buffalo Industries (60235) 13" x 24" Flannel Dust Cloth, (Pack of 12) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2HQQ3I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kFrmzbKYN1E9G

    Just ordered these. Cotton flannel. 12 of them for $15 shipped. Didn't know microfiber scratched till Dent said something about it a few weeks back. Tried an old cotton shirt and sure as heck Mr. Blind You Sparkles was right.


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    Go to Wallyworld and buy it by the yard, for less than $4.00 a yard. Then cut it up in squares and strips.
     
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    K9.jpg I use Mothers Billet Polish. Love that stuff! My bike never sees water. I (Wash) it with Mothers Waterless & Wax spray. Works wonders. In case anyone asks, my K9 is not a garage queen. I ride it a lot. Any suggestions on how to polish a little further in between the fins?
     
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    Mothers billet seems to do the job for me,tried others but always go back to Mothers
     
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    Mothers billet works well on aluminum, big fan of it. Any suggestions, tips on how to address the dreaded flaking chrome issues,that some of the dogs are prone to?
     
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    Inherent problem about chrome...
    Once it's scratched, pitted, or flakes...it's done. You'll have to replace or replate.
    Exactly why I prefer billet aluminum where ever possible.
     
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