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I dont understand why more people have not polished their frames, swingarms etc. Personally I think (know) bikes look a hell of alot better with polished parts. Skidmark and myself learned the art of (hand) polishing over the winter. If anyones interested, heres how its done, and in one day. First you need to go to Lordco Auto parts and pick up some aircraft paint remover. It comes in spray on, or a can which you paint on. Almost all frames are aluminum and have a coat of paint on them. Air craft paint will take this off without any elbow grease. You just spray or paint it on, leave it for 45 min to 1 hour and the paint will separate itself from the aluminum, having a wrinkled look to it. Just wipe off with water and a rag and the sanding begins. Start with a fairly coarse grade, 600 and work in at least three stages of grit untill you reach 1500. Once the sanding is done its time to polish. Over and over again. The more you polish the better the shine you get. There is regular polishing required to keep the shine, but its really worth it. Any questions, just ask.
 

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cause I heard it's a bitch to keep clean.... I ride in the winter, so salt is gonna eat that stuff up.... anything chrome you have to take regular care of it, and i'm just too lazy :) :) It's been almost 2 months now since I last washed my bike :p
 

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Jamie, your rims look great and I have been thinking of taking the time to do mine. But I heard that the spokes are a bitch to do and I personally do not like the look of polished rim and painted spokes.

How did you find the spokes? Just from looking at my own rims the spokes look a lot rougher, as does the center of the rim. I would want those areas uniformly smooth. Is this doable? :)
 
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yest the spokes are the hardest part. I did not polish my spokes for that reason. If your not into polishing the spokes, then at least polish the frame, since its really easily done and looks great. If anyone would like a hand, im always willing to help.
 
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and yes the center of the rim and spokes are rougher, i did polish the center line, which took some more time to make as smooth as the lips of the rim. Anything is possible, its a matter of how much time your willing to put in.
 
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looks really good...i've thought about it but just dont trust myself to go through with it in case i [email protected]#! up...approximately how long did you spend polishing???
 

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Expect to spend MANY hours polishing even the smallest parts, provided you have an interest in a decent final product. If you ride in bad weather, you'll either need to frequently polish and buff your pieces, or have them clearcoated (paint or powdercoat).
 

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Canadian_Gixxer said:
cause I heard it's a bitch to keep clean.... I ride in the winter, so salt is gonna eat that stuff up.... anything chrome you have to take regular care of it, and i'm just too lazy :) :) It's been almost 2 months now since I last washed my bike :p

i am with CG :D:D:D:D
 
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