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"RE-POLISH ALUMINUM MOTORCYCLE FRAME"



2002

Q. WANTED TO KNOW HOW TO TOUCH UP A POLISHED ALUMINUM MOTORCYCLE FRAME AND RIMS? WANT TO DO MYSELF. OR CAN FRAME AND RIMS BE CHROMED?

JAMES PORTER
- SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
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2003

A. If you have blemishes on your polished aluminum frame or any polished aluminum for that matter, I use Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] after I wash my bike to keep it looking like a mirror. depending on how bad the scratch or corrosion may be, you might need to resort back to using FINE 0000 steel wool [affil. link to info/product at Rockler] the No.7 Clear Coat Polish [affil. link to info/product on Amazon], then use the Mothers Polish to get the metal back to a mirror.

If there are any questions please feel free to get back to me. I've hand polished the frame on my 1998 R1. The only Dumb question is the one you don't ask.

Brian Verkaart
- Boston Massachusetts, USA
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2006 -- appended to this thread by editor

Q. I've been polishing on my frame for 2 months with no success. I have a 2003 gsxr 1000 and my frame does not want to shine. I know this guy in town who can get a chrome mirror shine on frames, but won't give the secret potion or solution. I can't afford his services, so please give me some help. I sanded the frame up to 2000 grit paper. Maybe not enough or what? I polished with black compound, brown, then white with no success. Any solution for me out there? Please, Please, Please H.E.L.P

ERIC JONES
AUTO PAINTING - PINEVILLE, Louisiana
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2006

A. Keep in mind this will only polish aluminum. NOT STEEL.

I used 2000 grit sandpaper then steel wool, very fine steel wool. than use No.7 clearcoat polish, to mother's Polish.

I did all of this by hand because a sander or buffing wheel will cause streaks and scratches in your aluminum.

hope that helps a bit,
BV

Brian Verkaart
- Boston, Massachusetts
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2006 -- appended to this existing thread by editor

Q. Aside from stripping the paint off, what are all the steps I need to do to polish an aluminum bicycle frame and what are names of chemicals (compounds) I need to complete this polishing process?

Cesar Padilla
Teacher - San Diego, California, USA
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Ed. note: letters 800, 1831, and 10917 go into substantial detail about aluminum frame and rim polishing.

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