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Author Topic: POLISHING 101  (Read 23976 times)

Offline lonelywolf8588

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #30 on: Sep 24, 2013, 00:40:50 »
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Offline lcdm

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #31 on: Jan 15, 2014, 00:58:49 »
One more link to add to the list on the first post:
http://cxgl.wikispaces.com/How+to+Polish+Aluminum+%28by+LRCXed%29
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Offline mannydantyla

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #32 on: Mar 20, 2014, 16:11:04 »
And another link for the first post:
http://dannix.net/node/16

Offline crazypj

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #33 on: Mar 20, 2014, 16:34:25 »
Northern tool has some highly aggressive grey  polishing compound, I used it to go from 80 grit on belt sander (mounted upside down in vice  ;D ) to 320 grit on stitched wheel then direct to polishing.
 Saved a massive amount of time, swapping to something finer than 80 grit before 320 will probably save even more time
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Offline Ichiban Moto

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #34 on: Mar 23, 2014, 13:45:37 »
  ;D  ;D ;D Polishing .000001  :


Offline Khaos

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #35 on: Dec 09, 2016, 00:47:31 »
Not sure what the exchange rate is from £ to $, but I've got $0.02 to throw in ;)

I got turned on to a product called Belgom Alu by an old biker about 15 years ago.   It's the final step in the chain - after cleaning, sanding, polishing a final clean with this stuff leaves ally like a mirror, and leaves a protective surface.  It's expensive, but you use the tiniest amount and it works wonders.  It's also good on bare steel - and seems to withstand high temperatures.  Even though they do a chrome version I used it on my GS850's V&H pipes as well as engine cases, forks, etc. 

I was sceptical about it - but it works.  Back then, the US Navy was apparently using it to clean and protect aluminium landing gear on carrier aircraft.  I know it kept my bike tidy through some tough winters with salt on the roads (in the UK, we looooove to make vehicles rust and decay with salt on the roads in winter). 

I've got a BAD job coming up - proper first clean on my bike since buying.  I figure it'll take me a weekend to get this bike near to presentable, and I'll be using belgom alu to bring back the fork lowers, wheels and exhaust to tidy (after autosol first - I find that autosol's more agressive nature makes it a better cleaner, belgom alu is a better finisher and protector).
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Offline Duchat

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #36 on: Dec 09, 2016, 17:10:09 »


I find that autosol's more agressive nature makes it a better cleaner, belgom alu is a better finisher and protector.

So would you use the autosol first, straight on the dirty aluminum pieces, or your second to final step? Also I would have accepted tuppence.


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Offline Khaos

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #37 on: Dec 09, 2016, 19:12:59 »

So would you use the autosol first, straight on the dirty aluminum pieces, or your second to final step? Also I would have accepted tuppence.


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Depends how much dirt there is.  The bike is going to get a thorough wash and rinse (critical, since many automotive shampoos are loaded with salt) first, so there shouldn't be any loose dirt or grit. No point in polishing until the loose crap is gone as I'd just be scratching while I'm polishing.  After that, the autosol, then the belgom alu. People used to ask if I'd chromed parts of my engine and fork lowers on the big ol' Suzuki I used to ride, I'd like to get the Kwak up to that standard.

Which reminds me... that's a great excuse to buy a decent polish for the paint as well ;)
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A lot of people comment
that they don't like what they see
I tell them to go f*** themselves
because this bike's for ME.

Offline fuego

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #38 on: Jan 12, 2017, 15:39:49 »
What do you guys do for some bikes (honda's in this case) that have plastic film over fork tubes and over brake / clutch lever. they are extremely faded don't know how to remove them without damaging the material underneath.

Offline crazypj

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #39 on: Jan 13, 2017, 15:02:16 »
Paint stripper on cases and forks, peel it off levers with plastic tools.
You can also sand it off (wet sanding recommended to keep dust down)
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
I gave my girlfriend an orgasm the other night, but, she spat it back at me
 Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry
 It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it  (Terry Pratchett)
CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0