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DoctorRzed

Has anyong polished their cluch cover?

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I'm probably mistaken, but I'll guess anyway... I think the clutch cover is magnesium. Am I right?

And I don't think magnesium can be polished. Am I right?

Im probably wrong, but that's my guess.

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Good job, it is magnessim, but it can be shined up nice. The spot(most of the cluch cover)is worn off from my boot, I polished w/chrome polished came out very nice. In fact you can send them out to White brothers to get then polished!!!

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nope... I can't stand that little punk. My name is A. Carter... and my B-day is 9/20. I figure that should be easy enough to remember :)

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I polished the cover and then I painted black enamel in the YAMAHA. Looks realy nice. A lot better than boot ware on the edge of the cover.

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Ha ha, at first I thought this was titled "Has anyone polished their clutch lever? " I was thinking someone has too much time on their hands... So do you remove what little bit of paint isn't rubbed off by your boots on the cover, then polish? That's a good idea. Mornings on here are always pretty informative...

[ July 02, 2002: Message edited by: YZeezee ]

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I've always been told that magnesium breaks down when exposed to the atmosphere. That is why sportbike parts are painted or anodized.

Are you sure it is magnesium?

ben

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I thinking of anodizing it with this high temp anodizing paint I saw on TNN.

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Originally posted by YZeezee:

Ha ha, at first I thought this was titled "Has anyone polished their clutch lever? " I was thinking someone has too much time on their hands...

[ July 02, 2002: Message edited by: YZeezee ]

Hey, I've polished my levers before! I like shiny things. :)

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Originally posted by armourbl:

Are you sure it is magnesium?

ben

Yes, it's magnesium. Mag. breaks down or oxidizes much like aluminum when it is exposed to air.

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Originally posted by pavelkod:

I thinking of anodizing it with this high temp anodizing paint I saw on TNN.

Anodizing paint? What the heck? :)

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Originally posted by armourbl:

Are you sure it is magnesium?

ben

If you look at the clutch side cover, you can see the word "magnesium" cast into the cover, right above the word "YAMAHA".

The clutch cover has a protective coating (paint?) that I couldn't remove using any paint remover that I had, so I sanded it off in the round, flat area.

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The cover is magnesium, as an alloy it can be polished to a high sheen, just as alluminum can.

However polishing mag is a bit differant and somewhat dangerous. Mag in powder form mixed with moister / water or ? will flash / ignite.

Polishing mag high pressure or what ever ya want to do with it should be done by a company that has the equipemnt to control the dust, heat and mositer of the polishing.

Anodised Mag is not a issue.

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EGO, what exactly is "mositer"? Is that something that only computer guys/chemists are familiar with? :)

Seriously though, are you saying that just trying to sand and polish your clutch cover is that dangerous? Guess I never thought about that one...

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Mositer is a term used only by ego when he dosnt spel chk.

It refers to a density of water between his brain and keyboard

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I've polished both the clutch cover, and ignition cover on my bike. Yes, the magnesium dulls when exposed to water, humidity, and oh, what ever you do, do not clean it with metal parts cleaner. I've found that if you apply a good coat of auto wax it will remain shiny for a much longer time.

The Freak

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I stripped the paint from mine and wet sanded it with 1500 grit sandpaper and polished it to a mirror finish. I didn't blow up.........but, the raw magnesium will tarnish when exposed to water or high humidity. I have to hit it with steel wool after every time I wash the bike in order to keep it shinning. To me it is, but to some it may not be worth the hassle. My oi filter cover, and water pump cover are also polished, but the aluminum does not tarnish like the magnesium.

just my $.02

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