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whats the best way to polish my frame its getting a little grubby dirt staines and so on what do you guys do to get your frame looking realy good???????

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whats the best way to polish my frame its getting a little grubby dirt staines and so on what do you guys do to get your frame looking realy good???????

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Polishing any aluminum surface, or any other metal, really, is a process that generally follows the same course in every case:

The surface must first be sanded smooth, then progressively sanded with increasingly fine grits, finally ending with something on the order of wet 600-800 grit. At that point, you switch to using abrasive polishing compounds, moving to buffing wheels and jeweler's rouges.

As was pointed out, polished aluminum does not stay that way without continuous maintenance. There are polyurethanes and other compounds that can be used to coat/protect it, but they can have problems with adhesion or yellowing/fogging.

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I thought nobody polished there frame swing arm exc. better than me.

Well you went way beyond me.

I only did the area's you see.

I spent over 200.00 in buffing wheels and 4 different types of roughe White brown grey red.

I found the 3 inch orbital sander by snap on to be the best most usefull tool of all durring this project.

I even used some scotch pads on my angle grinder.

I used 320 then 600 then 1000.

Very little 80 grit i think i used.

They do make a coating to spray over it when done, called POR-15

It need to be put on very light, i found out thicker is not better. and takes very long time to dry (2- weeks)

http://www.marine-paint.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GPC&Category_Code=Topcoats

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Where did you get those black valve stem supports.

My XR400 has them. They are stock OEM items.

Dunno if the newer Hondas also come with them:excuseme:

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Where did you get those black valve stem supports.

They are stock on the 2000-2004 Honda cr250s. They are great because they keep the mud out.:)

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I Just use a green Scotch-Brite pad when I wash the bike to clean up any oxydation on the frame (where your boots rub, etc).

I'm not into the mirror-finish stuff. Looks cool, but not for me.

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Glass cleaner in an aerosol can works great for maintaining polished aluminum. I use it on my twin turbo boat motor, there's ALOT of polished aluminum on it.

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