This should be really close to the texture of the original finish. Hey just wondering what carb setting did you use? The product worked as advertised imparting a hard finish that dried quickly. It also, like sandpaper comes in different grits it is almost the same thing as say rubbing compound to wax for your paint. And after all of the sanding and polishing then finish the metal with some sort of aluminum polish. When you're finished, wash it off again, and take a look at your hard work paying off. Steve J Morse - Bourne, Massachusetts 2001 I just want to thank you all for the info. Like it was brand new.
Was the bike in a front-end wreck? This is an inspiring project, even if the one I am looking at is not salvageable for riding i. I began the rust removal process with the frame. Sometimes i have seen pits when a bike comes out of the crate. It's a pretty messy job, so wear some old clothes and have a work station set up. Bare fins and cases dominate the majority of vintage, classic motorcycles that I love and grew up with. But if left on too long, it's busy eating the aluminum.
It's important to appreciate that there is no one way to clean and polish. You'll notice a huge difference immediately. You won't be able to. Every issue delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made! Over the years, the environment has taken its toll. I did this on my Virago engine sides last year as the plastic coating had become loose and tarnished. In the other method, you do it the same way except you don't remove the fork tube from the triple.
Step 4 - Hot, Hot, Hot Like the above stated, you can bring your motorcycle engine case in to the local automotive shop and have a machine do the work. The fine-wire bristles would not gouge nor leave deep marks in the aluminum. Yes you can remove some surface corrosion on chrome with 3000 grit but you will still have a little haze. Last time I used bathroom cleaner Comet first which made the whole surface evenly gray, light and clean, I guess oxidation free. Be very careful when re-polishing and re-anodizing aluminum. Next, add your parts to the hot water for cleaning. The hard truth is, once a surface has diminished significantly it takes work, and a fair amount of it, to restore that surface back to its original sheen.
If you keep it waxed it will not oxidize, don't believe people who say it will oxidize, just keep it waxed and give it a quick polish every now and then. At some point you do have to do mechanical finishing; you can't do it all chemically. Surface degradation from exposure is a problem experienced by all bikes that see regular use. Again, googles, gloves, and care are required. There is a company in California that uses water and baking soda to blast the aluminum. What sort of problems are you specifically warning against? That is laziness writ large!.
Over time, the protective coating on aluminum components will deteriorate and become damaged through knocks and wear and tear. Turn the lowers over and dump out the oil and reinstall fork lowers. You may freely link to this site, and use it for non-commercial use subject to our. It is a timely task, and by the time I was finished my hands and fingers were smoother than the metal. You'll see a single 8mm bolt.
Before reattaching the logo, I applied stair tread sort of like a rough, rubbery tape to the sides of the tank for decoration, then screwed the logo back on each side. Make sure you use fork oil. You may be able to strip the anodizing yourself with oven cleaner, but I probably wouldn't :- Ted Mooney, P. It's better than spending hundreds of dollars. J Joe Merola Aging Biker! First, take the wheel off duh.
I paid for something that actually did what it was supposed to do for a change. The final polishing and buffing steps recapture the original surface quality and sheen. White crust actually is deteriorated and detached aluminum. Spray a bit of penetrating oil around the fork tube in the lower tree and start working the tube out. Our clear-coated but faded engine cover the clutch cover from editor Richard Backus' would only return its sheen after lots of labor. A quick wipe-down of polished surfaces, followed by waxing, will add years to metal and painted surfaces, protecting them and staving off mild oxidation. Declan Nixon - Galway, Ireland July 11, 2008 A.
Now take two aluminum cans and solder them together. Get rid of the grime, grease, dirt, and any old wax. After glass bead blasting they were put in a vibratory tumbler with filled with ceramic media and water. The backing piece keeps the molten metal from running out. My going cordless with an assortment of thin, fine-wire bristle brushes that will fit into and between the fins is one of my Secret Solutions to a problem many of you have or will face during restorations.
Use steel wool and wipe off paint, re-apply if necessary. Could you please help me on how to polish aluminum motorcycle rims to a chrome like finish. I thought I read the answer to remove this was Phosphoric acid which is present in Coke-a-cola, so I covered the bad spots with it and left it overnight. When done, let it cool and remove the backing piece. But it must be the nasty and noxious methylene chloride based paint remover, not caustic based paint remover, to be confident that it will not attack the aluminum.