Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance


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Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby mytown » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:24 am



Any ideas for improving the appearance of the windshield garnish, part #6?
How about sanding and polishing like is done to the valve covers?



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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:23 am

Exactly what I did.6 hours later it shines like chrome.
I removed what was left of the clear coat and started with 500 grit wet paper to get through the gouges .Dents were removed with a plastic mallet,gently.
Worked my way to 2000 grit.
2 more wet polishes and finished with mothers by hand.

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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:36 am

Virgil - did you do yours on of off the bike?
I took mine off and found it difficult, at best, to not bend the thing.... guess I need to remove the waviness and start over....
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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:09 am

Off the bike and in the kitchen sink.Dont tell her. :lol:
The ears on the ends are the hardest to release and yes the aluminum trim is very soft.Easily damaged.a light sanding with a rubber block will show the dimples to be tapped out.sand again till it's even then polish.

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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby schmidtap » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:59 pm

I ended up just painting mine. Sanded it down and hit it a few times with Krylon Gloss Black. I still need to touch up the screws to match.
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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:24 pm

That looks good too.
By the way,do your driving lights actually project further than the low beam or just light up a wider area.
I'm finding I'm overdriving my lows.people are annoyed with the highs.
I tried another type but it managed to light up the ditches more than the road ahead

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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby mytown » Mon May 05, 2014 7:09 pm

I stripped what clear was still on it with a stripper containing methyl chloride, then wet sanded in the sink :D using 500 through 2000 grit. I then buffed using 6" buffing wheels on a 3500 rpm grinder and several compounds, finishing with white which was recommended with the kit I bought:

It's much improved, but for some reason my valve covers seem to have more shine and less fine scratches. Could that because the material is different?

It's a much easier piece to deal with than a valve cover and therefore a good piece to experiment with IMO. I plan on using a 1750 rpm motor and experiment a little with different wheels.

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Re: Improving Windshield Garnish Appearance

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon May 05, 2014 8:42 pm

I just finished sanding and polishing my bikes chrome.
I found using Polishing paste brown, white-made it shine. Then I went to red/rouge and it really made it look like a mirror.




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