Polishing engine covers on the bike.

scott s

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So I know HOW to polish engine cases and such. I have an OK buffing wheel set up, I know all about elbow grease and using different grades of sand paper, etc. I also know it's kind of a sucky job!

I'm wondering about removing the clear coat while the covers are still on the bike.
The engine isn't leaking at all. The clutch cover still has the factory screws on it. If I remove the covers, I'll need new gaskets and risk creating a leak.

I'll probably remove the small covers on the head, probably even the sprocket cover, but the alternator and clutch cover I would like to do in-situ. How much oil is behind the alternator cover on a 450?
If I used paint stripper to remove the clear coat while the covers are still installed, do you think it would damage any gaskets, etc?



 

Tim

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Google “sanding mop” if you haven’t encountered these marvels of engineering :)
 

pidjones

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I've had good luck on GoldWing covers with acetone and ScotchBrite (and gloves). Not many gloves are acetone-proof, though. Do it in a well-ventilated (like outdoors) area. A bit slower but a lot safer than paint stripper or oven cleaner.
 

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