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Polishing Valve Covers

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:30 pm
by salty1
Has any one polished the aluminum valve covers on their GL1800 instead covering them with bling or painting them?

Re: Polishing Valve Covers

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:50 am
by cihilb
Not on my 1800, but did polish them on my 1200. I removed the valve covers and used an automotive stripper to remove the clear coat. Then polished them with scotch brite pads and a good aluminum polish, followed by a cleaning with wax remover. Wiped then down with denatured alcohol and then sprayed then with a high temp automotive clearcoat. A few light coats and I waited a week to allow it to cure completely before re-assembling. Time consuming, but the finish was still good after 10 years.
You will have to apply a protective coating or you will be polishing them all the time.