Polished the header!
Posted October 08, 2008 - 01:22 PM
Once the wire wheel cleaning was done, I moved on to the sand paper game. I laid the sheets out horizontally and cut them into strips about 1/2" to 1" wide. Placed the pipe in the vice with a rag around it so as to not scuff it up and began to sand away. I just held the strips by the ends and kinda "flossed" them around the pipe. It took about 3 sheets worth of sandpaper to do everything.
After I was done with the 320 sandpaper, I air cleaned the pipe, then wiped off any excess dust. Next it was on to the 600 sandpaper for the same process. Then after that, the 1500 sandpaper. The 2 mounts for the heat shield were kinda tricky to get around, but since they're hidden, I didn't really do them perfectly.
Once all of the sanding was done, I just used the Noxon and polished it up by hand. A buffing wheel would've probably made it look even nicer, but I'm happy with the results. The whole process took a few hours, and I think the results are worth the work. Check it out.
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Posted October 08, 2008 - 01:49 PM
I was thinking about doing the same thing with my stocker but it was just rusted everywhere. In the end I coughed up the $$ for the FMF pipe which is nice, but definitely not $150 nicer than yours!
Please let us know how it holds up.
Posted October 08, 2008 - 02:31 PM
The weird stick about my stock "stainless" one is that it was rusted all over, not only in the spots that get dirty when you ride offroad.
You might want to consider a high heat clear coat (Duplicolor makes one) that is good for headers. I used it on my side stand that got a similar wire-brush treatment and it is holding up surprisingly well even though the bike get ridden and parked in any weather.
Posted October 08, 2008 - 03:20 PM
Posted October 08, 2008 - 06:54 PM
I think the Duplicolor high heat clear coats only go up to 600 degrees. They have a few 1200 degree paints, but no clear coats that I've found in the local auto stores. No bother though, I'll see how the pipe holds up as is. Maybe I'll borrow a buffing wheel and make it REALLY shine!
Posted October 09, 2008 - 04:29 AM
Posted October 12, 2008 - 01:06 PM
Posted October 12, 2008 - 02:25 PM
it's stainless so it won't rust.
Without a coating on there is it going to rust? You can't really keep polishing it unless you take it off...right? And I think the heat would speed up the rusting process as well. Anyway...I'm just interested to see how it worked out. If its still nice...I might do it too.
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