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Polishing the Aluminum on a Honda CBR


I have a Honda CBR and will like to polish the aluminum on the bike as well as the wheels. I understand that I can start with a 180 grit sandpaper and going down to a fine 400 grit. Can some one tell me if this will work. And can I buff it out to look like a mirror finish. Can you also tell me what is needed, like what type of polishing compound.

Bryant Payne
- New Castle Delaware


Hi I just purchased a 1998 CBR 900. It has a polished frame with scratches all over, and the frame is very dull. My guess is it was never maintained. I recently purchased the compound bars (brown and white) and two buffing wheels. I have no idea where to start and am not sure what sandpaper to use when re-polishing. Can anyone out there please help me out? I would greatly appreciate it.

Sal Cinturati
polishing my 900rr - Queens, New York


Hi, Bryant; hi, Sal.

Your problem is not unique around here. Please see letters 800, 1196, and 4143 for very detailed instructions.

Good luck.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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