Another Cleanup Solution Needed Carb Cap


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Another Cleanup Solution Needed Carb Cap

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You guys/gals Have given me many great solutions in this chat for doing a little extra prettying up my 1987 GL1200 I, (I usually ride more than clean, but, you know...) and was wondering if you have another suggestion.

During this time in quarantine here in Michigan, we aren't allowed to do much, so I find things that can be done, and working to spruce up the Oldwing is one I have been enjoying.

Following are a couple pictures of the carb can top that has an issue. IT'S UGLY, and needs some fixing up to not be so ugly.

What would you do to clean this up? It looks uglier in person.











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Is it aluminum? Is it clear-coated?

On most bare metals like chrome, aluminum or magnesium I've used Mother's and Flitz with great results.
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tamathumper wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:29 am
Is it aluminum? Is it clear-coated?

On most bare metals like chrome, aluminum or magnesium I've used Mother's and Flitz with great results.
Yes, it seems to be aluminum, not attracted to a magnet. It could be stainless steel, but I don't think it is. And I can see traces of clear coat. Do you use Mothers Paste wax? After you Flitz it? :?:

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No, I use either Flitz or Mothers polish - https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-05101-Ma ... B0009H519Y
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You'll need to remove the clear coat if you want to polish the aluminium.
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Jewelers Rouge and buff. Eventually it will shine like chrome.

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To remove the clear coat, just use some paint stripper. Carefully apply per instructions, being careful not to drip or spill any on other surfaces close by. Let it sit for a few minutes then wipe off thoroughly.

When it's buffed to your satisfaction, apply several coats of your fave paste wax. I have not heard of anyone having much success reapplying clear coat. Just re-polish and wax once a year.


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