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Old 09-18-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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My bike lived outside at the beach before I bought her. Now she is living the life (just like the dogs in my house hmm) and she has the 3rd car garage all to hersel. (well she does share with an HD but she has the prime spot ). I am still trying to get her detailed completely but the front forks have some corrosion on them and I have tried several products and places. The last place I went was the Marine store and bought a product that did not help.

Has anyone found a product to help with this that they would recommend?

Oh and I ended up trying Clorox clean-up on my white walls and it worked great. I tried the Simple Green first but it seemed like it was doing more damage to my nails then the grime on the tire.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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If you wont to do all the fork than you should use a stripper to remove the clear coat. But for touch ups you can use about 400grit or a fine wire brush and some clear coat in a rattle can.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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I don't recall seeing anything thay you can spray onto dull and pitted aluminum and wipe or hose off giving you "like new" results. Sanding and buffing is what lies ahead of you. The shinier you want it to get, the more finger nail damage you will suffer.

As Farmall mentioned 400 grit should do the heavy work unless there is pitting. Oh and funny thing about that silvery colored aluminum, when you sand, buff, and polish, it comes off black. Now look at your hands, see all the fine lines off your knuckles, and see the edges around and under your fingernails, now picture them filled with black soot. ENJOY!
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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The corrosion is coming from rock chips on the clear coat exposing the raw fork. If it's not bad you can spray wheel cleaner on it like you would on wire wheels for a car and that kills the corrosion. After that you have to pollish it and recoat it like farmall said.
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Got a jar of "Mothers" some time ago that worked sortta good, as Wart says, prepare to get nasty
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Thanks Guys,

Looks like I need to buy some rubber gloves... JK. Ok off to buy a few more things when I get back from my trip.

thanks again.
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Thanks Guys,

Looks like I need to buy some rubber gloves... JK. Ok off to buy a few more things when I get back from my trip.

thanks again.
There's nothing wrong with wearing some disposable gloves. I used to own a couple of Neons, and needless to say, got fed up having filthy cut up hands all the time pretty quickly. I ended purchasing a couple of pair of Mechanix gloves on sale rather than the disposable rubber ones. (I sweat too much in the rubber ones)



These are great for dirty work, and I could even pick up screws while wearing them.
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I don't mind getting dirty. I find the grease and oil actually help keep my hands from cracking.
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I don't mind getting dirty. I find the grease and oil actually help keep my hands from cracking.
After reading this I couldn't help myself, So what do you use on your hair? LOL
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