Polishing the lower fork unit - VTXOA
 4Likes
  • 2 Post By chuck_VTX F
  • 1 Post By chuck_VTX F
  • 1 Post By Fmkehoe
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Hans&Feet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Conyers/McDonough, GA
Posts: 10,111
Garage
Polishing the lower fork unit

Some people use sandpaper from 200 grit to 2000 grit to polish the aluminum.
Some have also used a "Power Ball" for the final mechanical polish.
I used 200 grit foam sanding block, then 400 wet/dry paper wet then spiral sewn buffing wheels with Tripoli compound
to polish my lowers. My 1/4 hp grinder is a little weak to keep up the RPMs to build heat from friction to allow the compound to work.
I did not spend too much time on it and used the standard hand polish medium to get a nice shine.
I tried to use "White Rouge" for the final bright shine but it did not work for me. Probably caused by the under powered bench grinder.
With a sock and just about any polishing compound it really cleans up nice and shiny.
Buffing wheels, compound, a rake to clean the buffing wheel surface and a grinder are things needed.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Polishing VTX 1300 front forks ver2.pdf (514.4 KB, 86 views)

2005 1300c Red, Mustang seat, HK 2.5 straights. Leds for safety-front & back. 192,235 VTX miles

Last edited by Hans&Feet; 10-12-2017 at 07:42 AM.
Hans&Feet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 05:03 AM
Senior Member
 
chuck_VTX F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: RGV. Texas, Former N.E. Ohio
Posts: 8,563
Garage
I love polished aluminum.

started doing it in 1973.. many bikes.. many parts..

I like White Diamond for final polish/shine...
second to final polish.."0000" steel wool... and white diamond.. then soft cloth and white diamond.

just did my fork lowers this summer .... to many stone chips...
rangers4u and nate6966 like this.



2005 VTX1800 F, type II, Silver Tribal, 86,000 Miles, Purchased Feb, 2005.
MTC clutch & springs.. K&N Air Filter. Garmin 2597 GPS.
chuck_VTX F is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 02:10 PM
Senior Member
 
nate6966's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 2,627
Garage
I've done my fair share of aluminum polishing, but some would say I'm crazy and went overboard


2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
nate6966 is online now  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 02:27 PM
Senior Member
 
chuck_VTX F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: RGV. Texas, Former N.E. Ohio
Posts: 8,563
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by nate6966 View Post
I've done my fair share of aluminum polishing, but some would say I'm crazy and went overboard
overboard....... no such thing....

should have seen my 86 Goldwing Aspencade SEi....
even the aluminum saddle bag racks were polished...floorboards... etc.
nate6966 likes this.



2005 VTX1800 F, type II, Silver Tribal, 86,000 Miles, Purchased Feb, 2005.
MTC clutch & springs.. K&N Air Filter. Garmin 2597 GPS.
chuck_VTX F is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Hans&Feet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Conyers/McDonough, GA
Posts: 10,111
Garage
From tarheelparts dot com
Application of Compound to Wheel

While wheel is rotation, apply the compound in a semi-circle motion to the edge. Light pressure and 2 to 3 passes across the face of the buff is all that is required. If the face of the buff becomes hard or is leaving streaks on the part, the buff needs to be raked. Raking the buff will also keep the buff balanced. If a black deposit of compound develops on the part, the part is not hot enough. The part should be hot enough that you can not touch the area that you are buffing with your bare hands. Cotton gloves are necessary to hold the hot parts.

Instructions for Buffing and Polishing

For deep scratches in stainless we recommend our Sisal Wheel with the Emery Compound. This is a very aggressive combination and is 3 to 4 times faster than the Spiral Sewn and Emery Compound combination. Emery Compound application to the Sisal Wheel will be every 30 seconds because the wheel holds the compound on the face of the buffs versus soaking in like cotton buffs do. This will leave light scratches and will need to be followed up with the Spiral Sewn and Emery Compound.

The Spiral Sewn Wheel or Firm Airways are used with the Emery of Tripoli Compounds and will remove light scratches in your stainless or aluminum. Compound application will be every 30 to 60 seconds. If this combination does not remove the scratches you will have to sand out the imperfections and start the buffing process again. Use the Canton Flannel or Soft Airway buffs with the Blizzard White or White Rouge to bring your part to a mirror finish. Compound application is about every 30 to 60 seconds.

Helpful Hints

Generally most parts are buffed with an up and down motion of side to side motion until the part is ready to be finished. An upward stroke, which is a motion that pulls the part upward against the rotation of the buff is more aggressive and is know as a cutting stroke. A downward stroke is a motion that moves the part in the direction of the rotation or towards the floor is a finishing stroke and will leave the part the shiniest. The downward stroke will also remove most compound haze and leave it the cleanest.

Don't mix compounds on buffs. Once a compound has been used for a buff, that buff is dedicated to that compound. Mixing compounds on a buff will result in a cloudy finish.

2005 1300c Red, Mustang seat, HK 2.5 straights. Leds for safety-front & back. 192,235 VTX miles
Hans&Feet is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2018, 06:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Fmkehoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: 2007 VTX1300r. orange county New York.
Posts: 128
Hans and feet ... nice job. I’m going to do that too.
Hans&Feet likes this.

It's not the speed....it's that sudden stop.
Fmkehoe is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the VTXOA forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome