Changing Black Forks To Silver/bare Ali

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  1. reggie62

    reggie62 New Member

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    At some point I'd like to change the black lower forks on my Street Twin to silver (and remove the reflectors). Does anybody know if this a case of sandblasting the black off or if silver parts are available? I've had a look about but haven't found any yet. Any advice gratefully received.
     
  2. Rocker

    Rocker Elite Member

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    The old hairdryer trick for the reflectors or some use dental floss and a solvent to clean off the residue either way
    Then mask up and spray the legs silver sorted
     
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  3. reggie62

    reggie62 New Member

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    Thanks. I hadn't really considered painting over the black as I think a polished bare metal would look better but it's definitely an option. I guess powder coating would be most hard-wearing.
     
  4. Rocker

    Rocker Elite Member

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    The over spray is the easiest and cheapest as any other option requires a strip down but your choice :)
     
  5. reggie62

    reggie62 New Member

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  6. Baskey13

    Baskey13 Well-Known Member

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    Mine are painted :cool:
     
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  7. ChasChas

    ChasChas Marxist Scum

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    You do need to do this. Having a bike with lots of exposed polished ali is a rite of passage. It's a necessary step on the curve.

    *buys more stock in solvol*
     
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  8. Camperman

    Camperman Senior Member

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    These were originally black, cleaned them up using various grades of wet and dry paper, 400 to 2000 grit. Finished off with good old Solvol. IMG_20200403_155251773 (2).jpg
     
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  9. ChasChas

    ChasChas Marxist Scum

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    I used a lot of solvol on this

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  10. Gladtobebackontwowheels

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    Aye, and polished again, and again, and again, and...........
    All very nice but wayyyyy too much TLC required for my liking.
     
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  11. ChasChas

    ChasChas Marxist Scum

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    Like I said above, part of the learning curve ;)
     
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  12. Camperman

    Camperman Senior Member

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    True Gladtobebackontwowheels, but very therapeutic in these times of lockdown :), can't beat a bit of a rub now and again;)
     
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  13. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

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    Find a local polisher who'll do it in a fraction of the time of faffing about with wet and dry and Autosol etc. I had a brushed alloy Fireblade silencer done to a mirror finish years ago and it didn't cost much at all really. We're lucky here in Sheffield in having quite a few metal working/refinishing workshops, at least we had back then!
     
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  14. ChasChas

    ChasChas Marxist Scum

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    #14 ChasChas, Nov 5, 2020
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2020
    In the spirit of full disclosure, the maintenance was buckets of solvol but the finish was due to having access to a three phase polishing mop
     
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