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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Vstar 1100 Restore - Questions + pics

Hello all,
bought my first star a few weeks back. 2002 with 28k on it. Been sitting outside so chrome is pretty rough...starting a restore. Here's what I've done so far.

If you have any parts for sale or links to parts, please let me know.
I am looking for any types of covers, or chrome pieces possible. Also looking for windshield mount as it's pretty rusted beyond restoration. We've done a pretty good with the chrome so far and the wheels. Biggest Eye sore are the pipes. All in all - runs fantastic - have done 500 miles on it so far. Picked it up for $1000! Let me know what you think/ any suggestions of parts or restoration ideas you have. Thanks!

P.S. Hopefully I did the images right. First post

Day 1:

After Some Man hours and elbow grease with a little help from 0000 steel wool and chrome cleaner/ sealer heres what she's looking like!:

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 09:59 AM
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Coming along quite nicely!

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 01:08 PM
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Yeah coming along very well. When I got mine it was just starting to do that too. Did some scrubbin and polishin like you and maybe last a while longer.

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Just a quick thought.... soak any chrome items that you want to try to salvage in a bin of Metal Rescue. (can pick it up at Lowes) I had a couple of backrest brackets I got for cheap.... soaked overnight and they turned out really good. The trick is to find a product to prevent the rust from coming back. I'm trying a rubdown of Sheila Shine right now.... doesn't look like it will hold up, so the search continues.

(Assuming I uploaded the images correctly) You can see the before and after pics below. No scrubbing involved. I just let the parts soak for 24 hours.
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I have no idea if it would help you, but, 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water works to get water spots off my boat that wont otherwise come off.

I guess I'd say try it in an inconspicuous spot to see how it works.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2015, 10:24 PM
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You may want to trade the steel wool for bronze wool. It will take the nasty stuff off and not likely harm the metal underneath. I use it with Breakfree CLP on guns all the time, and it takes the rust off without harming the metal finish.
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