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I'm trying to polish a 02 suzuki GSXR 1000 Frame, The problem is that the metal is coated with an aluminum anodite I've been sanding for along time because this stuff is hard to break through. Is there any chemical known to remove the anodite coating ? Once the coating is removed I'll use a buffing wheel with brown and white compounds then top it off with Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish [affil link] then walla finishedRobert w Manvell
- Iselin, New Jersey
Many acids and alkaline solutions can remove an anodized layer, but most will severely attack and roughen the aluminum substrate. Suggest locating an aluminum anodizing company [try the Jobshops link below] and have the anodize professionally stripped in either a) hot chromic-phosphoric acid solution or b) deoxidizer solution. These solutions are relatively safe for the aluminum alloy.Ken Vlach [deceased]
- Goleta, California
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Why not just trying a different grade of sandpaper? I'm doing the frame on my 03 GSXR-750 and I started out with 100 and I just working my way through the 100, 220,320,400 all the way up to 1500....Let me know how it turn out for you, and if you would like I can send you a pic of the bike.Gerald Harris
- Port Arthur, Texas
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