front rim polish


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jdn40
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Motorcycle: 1996 GL1500 Aspencade Trike

front rim polish

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ok , i bought a 1500 from a gentleman who was up in years and didn't or couldn't do a lot of maintenance . the problem I have is the brake dust from the pads has pitted and discolored the front rim . i would like to make it look better short of replacing the rim . thoughts ? I've tried mothers polish and it does ok but the pitting is bothering me .



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Re: front rim polish

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My front and rear rim were the recipients of years of neglect. Not much can be done unless you take the wheel(s) off the bike, remove the rotors and clean, sand, polish and protect with a coating. I have done both of mine. Had the chrome pieces on the front wheel but have removed and did not put back on. Front wheel 25 year clean:


This is the rear rim:


The product I'm using to coat and protect the finish is CERAKOTE MC-5100. The gun lobby uses CERAKOTE extensively. I wanted a product that would coat, protect and be easy to clean. The primary reason I'm using this product is that I'm rebuilding the engine from my '85 Limited Edition 1200, had the engine cases. parts and pieces vapour blasted and wanted to protect the finish. Had read about CERAKOTE on the various forums. Have used it on other parts as well. Did the rims for my 1200. A before picture:


An after pic:


Takes a lot of elbow grease, and about four hours per rim to get a good look, then apply the protective coating. Use wet/dry sand paper from 220 up to 3000. Give a clean and dry sand first - 220 up to 3000 - bit of overkill but I like the final finish, followed by a wet sand from 220 up to 3000. I'd wait until you have to replace the tire(s). Good luck.
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jdn40
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Re: front rim polish

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ok , looks great but to much work . I've been playing with some stuff and found an SOS pad gets rid of the heavy stuff and some mothers polish cleans it up nice .

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