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May 1st, 2015, 03:32 AM   #1
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How to make your bike shiny again?

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I've seen so many people restore their old bikes so nicely, make them look practically new again


Now i'm not quite going to strip down the whole thing, but how the hell do people get it so nice?

I've hand polished a few things like my wheels with Autosol but it comes out no where near as nice as what a lot of people get...

What about a wire wheel drill attatchment?


How do people polish their engine, exhaust, swingarm, fork etc?
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May 1st, 2015, 03:57 AM   #2
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Regarding engine: I pressure washed mine to get the dirt off... hardly worked. I mean it's clean, but not sparkling.

Someone on here did a rebuild last year and their bike came out pristine. They said they used Brillo pads (or similar) and a degreasing agent.

Just be careful with the chemicals because some degreasing agents are dangerous without proper personal protective equipment (breather, mask, gloves, etc.).
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soda blasting on aluminum parts looks pretty nice and is quick but its a matt finish

to make things shiny takes lots of time and hard work .. its rewarding but i go riding instead
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What about Plastic gas tank. Was white now kind of yellowish. Does Anyone have a any ideas ??? But not painting the tank.
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What about Plastic gas tank. Was white now kind of yellowish. Does Anyone have a any ideas ??? But not painting the tank.


If your not worried about a mat finish use Soft Scrub with Bleach and a grey or green Scotch Brite Pad. Use a red scotch brite pad if you want to get real aggressive. It will leave a very flat finish. Do not use this method on any other color plastic as it will show scratches left from the pads. You can get away with it only on white.
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Would I be better off getting a buff attachment for a 1800rpm drill or 7000 rpm angle Grinder?
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Would I be better off getting a buff attachment for a 1800rpm drill or 7000 rpm angle Grinder?

If you want to polish alloy. Get a bench grinder and put the screw on side extensions on it to take buffing wheels. Buy the three different wheels and the three different compounds. Take the parts off you bike and polish like a pro. Then spend the rest of your life trying to keep the shine up with autosol. At least once a week or once a day in humid climates. This is great when your young and want to impress people who like shiny things.

Then as you get older and have less time for folly, you buy a bead blasting cabinet and a big ass compressor and blast all your polished alloy to a nice dull maintenance free grey. Then once in a blue moon because you've neglected it for long enough you spray some alloy cleaner on it and hose it off. Then stand back and admire the grey and white streaks it left all over it.

Company's like POR15 make a lot of products to coat chrome or alloy to permanently protect their finish. I haven't used them so I can't comment. But they would be worth investigating.

My Harley came with too much chrome. I got sick of keeping on top of the patina, washing it once every 18 months just wasn't cutting it. So I replaced all the chrome with bead blasted alloy. What I couldn't replace, I painted with cold galvanising paint. Looks the same and holds up great.
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I can barely afford a buffing pad let alone a whole grinder

Nah thanks, i'll look into it! I was just thinking of going super cheap as no way would funds allow for bead basting cabinet, and i have no room for a bench grinder
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Spray the whole bike in WD40 or similar.......!
Makes the dirt come off more easily also. I often do so, when the bike is newly washed. Looks, and smells nice! Just keep it away from the brake discs, and if you get any on your exhaust pipe it will do some smoking when you start up. But thats no problem, it's just for some seconds.
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