Aircanuck's Budget Restore

Discussion in 'Builds & Projects' started by AirCanuck, Mar 23, 2019.

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  1. freck

    freck Elite Member

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    I wouldn’t bother with the clear coat. I’ve usually found that it doesn’t last and ends up getting damaged, letting in moisture which then leads to corrosion again. It’s a bit more effort to periodically polish again but the Belgom Alu I mentioned earlier leaves a wax coating to help protect.
     
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  2. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    I'll have to look into that. So far I have mothers and autosol, I wonder if either of those leave. Wax coating to protect...
     
  3. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

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    Doubt it - I'm pretty sure autosol doesn't. Plus one on Belgom Alu - it's a good polish and the shine does seem to last much longer.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=belgom+alu&ref=nb_sb_noss

    Superb work on the rim and the black certainly doesn't look bad in the images you posted. If the black paint is fairly sound just try wiping it down with ACF 50 - leaves it with a sheen and will protect too.

    It is possible (but not easy) to get OOOOO (FIVE O) grade steel wool - generally "fine" is classed as OOOO (FOUR O) - which is made by Colron and used for furniture polishing. It does polish alloy well, but may leave fine swirl/scratch marks. If you want me to try to get and send some let me know. Can't guarantee it because it took me ages to find my last lot so I'm not sure if it's still sold, but I'll gladly look into it for you.

    EDIT :- just checked and, for UK listeners, HOMEBASE list five O grade steel wool as stock :-

    https://www.homebase.co.uk/colron-fine-steel-wool_p212045

    Aircanuck - let me know if you want to try some.
     
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  4. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    I appreciate the offer but after seeing it today in the sun I'm quite happy. I will look into those 2 products you mentioned!
     
  5. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    I am finding all kinds of ACF 50 products, which one did you mean for the paint? Unfortunately the Belgom Alu will take too long to get to me, I want these protected before I leave for my deployment. However I double checked and autosol protects as well. So I will have to go over them again with autosol lol.
     
  6. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

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    If theh paint is sound - and it looks it from the images of the nicely polished wheel - then this

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/ACF-50-Ant...m33f205fc61:g:EE4AAOSwswNbc-Ki&frcectupt=true

    will add a little sheen and a LOT of protection. It is an oil so it would probably make the polished parts of the wheel look a little bit dull - especially when it picks up brake dust - but it does offer a shine and protection on the black paint. In fact, on anything if you're going to be leaving the bike for a period of time.
     
  7. Hamburg

    Hamburg Senior Member

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    I agree, they look mega! Well done.
     
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  8. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    Thank you. Heck of a lot of work. Unfortunately still the second one to go!!
     
  9. Callumity

    Callumity Elite Member

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    Buffing wheels on power tools will do 80%.....
     
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  10. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    simple as that sounds, something I'm not familiar with... does it do the sandpaper bit too? or just the buffing part? Do you have an example of the tool you mean?
     
  11. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    Best way to clean surface corrosion off plastic "chrome" parts such as headlight bucket?

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  12. AirCanuck

    AirCanuck Member

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    I purchased jetseal to seal the wheels now that they are restored. going to try to attack some rust issues soon on the frame. Will just be sanding, using red oxide priming and then gloss black paint.

    Going to try to do the brackets without taking apart the whole front end...

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  13. barneymusician

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    WoW! What a transformation! Great job!
     
  14. barneymusician

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    Really enjoyed scrolling this thread, thanks. I got here by a search on rusty discs as need to address mine (not too bad and mainly on the inside area of the cut outs where it makes more sense that any water might settle) . I'll be trying the wire wool at 0000 grade with a little WD40 to help it along (as was one of the popular suggestions). I will be doing it with the wheel and disc on the bike and just protect the rims etc with some rags, I might employ an old toothbrush or two too. Any tips, tricks or learnings from others welcomed.
     
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