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Discussion in 'Show & Shine' started by Vin Cent, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Hirter6Pack

    Hirter6Pack Not Quite A Guru

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    Relax Andy, loosen up a little ( I have to tell myself that all the time ) on the grips the sweet on your hands is having a chemical imbalance causing the chrome to peel. Don't let that big old Dog intimidate you.
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    Just kidding, it's getting late.
     
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    That is exactly what I did! If you only chrome a few pieces at a time it's not too rough on your wallet.
     
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    I chromed my rims about ten years ago and they still look great!
     

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    I had to send my rims to California to get chromed bc I couldn't find a shop on the east coast that could chrome a 300. I use a place in Concord, NC for all my other parts and so far after about 40 pieces I have no complaints. He did my forward controls, handle bar controls, points cover, speedo, air cleaner neck, and a bunch of other small pieces.
     
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    Hey Vincent... This thread has been "around the Horn and back", so to speak...
    How's that billet looking?
    What polishe(s) did you end up choosing and using?
     
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    I just bought two containers of Mother's Billet Polish since the consensus vote says its the best. I'm going to polish my motor mount and my fins when it gets here on Wednesday. I got it on Ebay for $26 with free shipping.
     
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    A few of the members suggest using that White Diamond after the Mothers... Did you try that?
     
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    Are you planning to use a Dremel on the fins?
     
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    I am currently searching the forums for the best way to polish the fins. I have a dremel but I need to buy a felt bob kit.
     
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    I use a paint stir stick with a microfibre wrapped around it to apply the billet polish, then cotton rag to wipe off, as told to do by dentdude.. I have tried a few attachments with my Dremmel but the felt gets wrapped up in the diamond cut. The fins are trial and error, find something thin but not sharp to wrap your microfibre or rag around, and be patient, it's fuckin tedious...
     
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    I'm gonna be putting mine on the lift for awhile , have a few things that need to be addressed with it.
    Both mechanical and asthetics.
     
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    I realized dull aluminum on fins is on fashion! I just polish the edges...
     
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    I used to try and polish the fins...I got a set of Pimp Stix to do that, it's a pain in the ass. I instead now just polish the top fins you can see (by spark plugs etc.) and then just do the edges of the fins the rest of the way down. Looks great as you can't really see the inner flat parts of the fins anyway with the shadow. I do run a micro over them with the Pimp Stix about once a year when I wash it really thoroughly.
     
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    It is an excellent idea thank you for sharing!
     
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    I use pimp sticks on both bikes with mothers billet both motors look chrome
     
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    Go over fins with 3000 wet/dry paper then compound last billet polish simple
     
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    Actually that's exactly what S&S is doing now. The engines are no longer polished inside the fins except for the head. They just have the natural finish now inside, with a polished outside.

    Well at least that's how the new 124 are. Seen a couple all the same.

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    I bloody told you! I'm Fashion guru too
     
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    After 3700 miles and hit some rain and sandstorms there isn't an inch of my bike that resembles anything close to polished.

    I bought some S100 I'm going to spray on and this is going to a hose treatment. There's sand everywhere and I can't just wipe it off it will scratch the hell out of everything.


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    I was thinking of that earlier... sandblasting your bike is not the most desired option
     
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