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  1. #1
    Clunked into first gear
    My Bike(s)
    '82 Suzuki GS650L
    Location
    Sparta, MI (-85.69978/43.16359)
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    216

    Clean and polish aluminum

    Ok, I searched this area, looking for the answer but couldn't find it. I have an older bike (82) that is in deperate need of some polishing. Its clear coated, but the clear coat has scratches, and the Al has started to oxidize underneath, giving it that black nastiness that is so evident on factory cage wheels. I am looking for a couple of products, one to strip the clear coat, and the best way to clean the al underneath. A harly buddy of mine says he uses a scotchbrite pad or similar, but mine need a little more than that I believe. Plan on tearing the bike completely down this winter anyway so...

    thanks

    this is what it looks like now...

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    this is what I want it to look like

    Last edited by Ranger_b0b; 08-30-2005 at 10:26 PM.
    Mike
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  3. #2
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    1980 GSX750 ET
    Location
    Grose Vale,Oz. -33.577/150.661
    Posts
    68
    G'day Bob,

    I had the same problem with my 1980 GSX750, the clear lacquer started to peel off. I used some paint stripper to remove it all and then polished it with a metal polish. Here in Australia it's called "Autosol" and it comes in a toothpaste like tube. Have a look here http://www.autosol.com.au/metalpolishes.htm I use the one at the bottom of the page called "Shine", it's a little coarser than the standard stuff and gets rid of the corrosion a little quicker, now my bike looks like this.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Clean and polish aluminum-gsx750-1.jpg  

  4. #3
    Wants Better Weather
    My Bike(s)
    05' C50
    Location
    Gering Ne
    Posts
    665
    Check out this stuff. I saw guys polishing beer kegs and pop cans with this stuff. It would polish right through the painted label on a pop can and make it look like chrome, same with the beer kegs. They looked like chrome. I was impressed, but I dont have much aluminum arround the house that needs polished, so I didn't get any.

    http://www.metalgloss.com/
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  5. #4
    Newbie
    My Bike(s)
    05 M-50
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    12

    polishing

    I had a 1989 Ninja that did the same thing. I took a soft metal brush for my Dremel tool and brushed all the corrosion and clear off the aluminum. Then I took some Mothers metal polish and a small wool polishing wheel on my Black and Decker drill and polished out the brush marks. The wheels looked like new.
    I did it all in a day too.

    Shan

  6. #5
    Wants Better Weather
    My Bike(s)
    05' C50
    Location
    Gering Ne
    Posts
    665
    After I posted my last messge I was courious and bought some of the Master Formula Metal Gloss and for the past 2 days I have been polishing everything I can get my hands on. It works really well I got the metal polish the sealer and the cleaner for oxidized paint and plastic. I'm impressed. Here is a pic of some coins I piloshed. They actually look like chrome but its hard to tell by the picture. The picture does not do it justice.

    The coin in the middle is unpolished
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    Last edited by mr_resistible; 09-08-2005 at 01:41 PM.
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  7. #6
    Kickstand Operator
    My Bike(s)
    '05 BlacknBlue C50
    Location
    Harrisburg, PA
    Posts
    275
    Mr.R...What's your mailing address...I'll send you some stuff to polish

  8. #7
    Wants Better Weather
    My Bike(s)
    2002 GSXR-750
    Location
    Langley,Canada
    Posts
    661
    Quote Originally Posted by ZukiChaos
    Mr.R...What's your mailing address...I'll send you some stuff to polish

    Me Too~ hell my silver wear should keep you busy for a while...
    "Life without Danger and the Need for Adrenalin...is a waste of Oxygen"


 

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