How do you clean and polish the screen garnish?

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How do you clean and polish the screen garnish?

Post by Wilcoy02 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:27 pm

I need to take my windshield off my fairing and while it is off I want to clean and polish the garnish. The metal piece in front over the windshiel. I read somewhere how to do this but can not find it now. They had it looking really good.

Any tips would be appreciated.

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Re: How do you clean and polish the screen garnish?

Post by virgilmobile » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:59 pm

My 88 was clear coated and in poor shape.
I sanded the clear coat off sanded more and all the way down to 2000 grit.
From there it was scratch remover on a slow pad on a drill.
Lastly Mothers aluminum polish.
It took 3 nights,about 10 hours.
There may be faster ways
Mine shines like chrome now.I'm debating on a clear coat next.

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Re: How do you clean and polish the screen garnish?

Post by skier » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:30 pm

The finish on mine was in terrible shape. I did same process as Virg, except I also did the final clearcoat. Still looks real nice after about 10k miles.

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Re: How do you clean and polish the screen garnish?

Post by NKYWinger » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:19 pm

Mine needed work as well, but I tried my buffer instead of doing it by hand; now it has a number of waves in it due to it's thinness and long shape...
:?: Any thoughts on how to flatten/straighten it out? I'm hesitant to beat on it while in place on the bike, so I'm open to any suggestion.
Thanks :D


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