Is it possible to take the paint off the swingarm and polish it?

12 replies to this topic
  • DoctorRzed

Posted July 19, 2002 - 02:42 AM


Is it possible to take the paint off the swingarm and polish it with out it rusting? what metel is it made of?


Posted July 19, 2002 - 04:42 AM


I am sure it is, I know some of the guys around here have theirs done. I am just waiting till I take mine off, then it will be done. I probably need to pull mine off and grease everything since I have never done it :) But as soon as I do I will let my bud do it that works at Milwaukee Iron. Frank

  • Sean_McCutcheon

Posted July 19, 2002 - 06:31 AM


I know a couple of mx racers here in ohio that have taken the paint off their's. They look awesome. There is a lot of work in doing it. They used all kinds of different paint strippers and steel wool. Good luck!

  • Wyatt

Posted July 19, 2002 - 07:50 AM


I have done mine. My advice is not to attempt it unless you are willing to put a lot of work into it, and a nice painted swingarm probably looks better than a half hearted effort. It is not an easy job, and you better have an extra large can of elbow grease for the job.

Mine is polished to a mirror finish top and bottom...inside and out. I did it while I have been injured and could not ride. A lot of paint stripper, steel wool, wet sanding, and polishing.

I figure the polished swingarm added atleast a 10-15% horsepower increase........and it will greatly reduce my lap times......

  • MANIAC998

Posted July 19, 2002 - 08:03 AM


Lots of work involved. LOTS!!! They do look nice for awhile. The chain side will begin to look tarnished first due to the chain lube I assume. But even so, you will have to polish fairly often to keep that shine. Aluminum will oxidize, that is why it is painted. Venture at your own risk! Maniac

  • freestyle111

Posted July 21, 2002 - 11:51 AM


i polished mine Posted Image Posted Image

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  • Fireballsocal

Posted July 21, 2002 - 02:44 PM


Rat: While your are correct that polishing will create heat, it will not be enough to change the temper of the aluminum. Even with a power sander or polisher, you won't create enough heat unless you bear down on the aluminum in one spot for a long time. The aluminum acts as a giant heat sink and dissapates the heat away from the contact point of the polisher.

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted July 21, 2002 - 04:42 PM


I did mine in about 1hr.

I took my palm sander with 400gr and sanded off what i could and did the rest by hand.
It took me no more than an hour!

I fixed my buddy's 2smoke pipe and he polished it in exchange. He said about 1hr to do it.
I just did the top and outsides.
It looks awesome but takes at lot to keep it up if you ride DEZ.
No sort of corrosion at all.

  • freestyle111

Posted July 22, 2002 - 12:55 AM


THUMPIN' ROCK HUCKER I did mine in about 1hr.
I took my palm sander with 400gr and sanded off what i could and did the rest by hand.
It took me no more than an hour!

you must not of sanded off all ruff casting took me at least 4 or 5 hours to sand smooth.that was after i stripped pant off with paint remover.i would say the whole process[whole swing arm not just outside and top] took me somewhere around 8 hours i started wet sanding with 400 and finished with 1500 before polishing.i also polished rear brake lever, caliper & resevoir guard,kickstarter,shifter and water pump guard.polished aluminum looks good but the best part is its way easier than painted parts to maintain.nothing sticks to it all i do when im done riding is spray bike with simple green and hose it off.

  • Fireballsocal

Posted July 22, 2002 - 02:44 PM


Man Freestyle! My bike hasn't looked that good since leaving the dealership. Is it always that clean?

  • freestyle111

Posted July 22, 2002 - 07:19 PM


if bike is in my garage its clean.first thing i do when i get home from riding is wash bike.i took that picture last year.ims tank was a little too wide so i got rid of it. bought acerbis tank 3.4gl.[for trailriding and dualsports]and a stock yz250f tank [for track].now bike's look changes depending on where im riding at.Posted Image

  • thumper4life

Posted July 22, 2002 - 08:03 PM


first off, you have a nice bike

that second picture is REALLY hurting my head, i stared at it for at least 10 minutes, did you reverse it??? its 2 am so it may be me, but if you sit on that thing wont all that stuff be on your left side but yet thats where the brake and kickstarter are :)

  • freestyle111

Posted July 22, 2002 - 09:14 PM


yes,both pics were taken from same side of bike so i flipped one of them.that rear brake lever on that side of bike would be one hell of a mod.

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