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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork polishing

My front forks on my recently acquired bike were showing signs of age, like the owner 😀. It's raining today, I'm off and honey do list completed. So I decided to work on the cosmetics of my front forks. The clear coat had gotten sand blasted off and looked really bad. I used sandpaper starting at 320 grit, then some emery cloth and then metal polish. I know there have been several written about this before and just wanted to share. I'm 90% done, looks a lot better.

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I hear my chair calling me so I will finish later. Look better?
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you been running time trials on the Salt Flats again?!

I have an OCD neighbor a few houses down. I know if I ever stopped by and said something like "your trees are all uneven and rough and mossy"

he would be out there sanding the bark off the trees right down to the wood
then put 3 layers of polyurethane on them....

once you start polishing the shiny metal, there is no end to it!

BTW, I like the lawyer weazle words on the disclaimer sticker on your crash bar...

cant see all of it, but guessing its something like "THIS CRASH BAR will not really protect you in a CRASH"
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you been running time trials on the Salt Flats again?!
This is what Texas concrete interstate and age does. Wonder if sand paper and polish will work on my body?
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now that you mention it, the highways are not paved with asphalt in texas, are they?

I just looked on google earth, concrete! that is rough!
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Wow les, what a difference! Looks great!


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Looks amazing Les. Let me know if it works on you (I've got a few old age blemishes I'd like to polish up too )
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Looks amazing Les. Let me know if it works on you (I've got a few old age blemishes I'd like to polish up too )
Got about half way through with trying same technique on my face, what do you think? ����

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Damn, I think you better patent your technique. You're sitting on a gold mine there!

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Iím in agreement with NorthernRider!


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Second side done. Well done enough for now. Overall looks 90% plus better. I'm happy with it for now. I'll still need to detail a little better.

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2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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