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“Garage built, shed built”... stable built!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Bewarethemoon, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    This is last nights efforts, about an hour with green compound on a close stitched wheel, I thought the glass bead finish would be flat & smooth enough to skip anything more abrasive.

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    The finish ended up quite ‘cloudy’ I guess would best describe it?

    I thought on it for a little while today and decided to see what a little time with a more abrasive grey compound on a sisal mop would yield. My thinking was that I needed to get the surface to a more even finish, am I barking up the wrong tree here??

    I spent maybe 20 minutes on just the top section.

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    I feel like maybe after a little more time I’ll have it to a pretty good & even finish to move on with and polish to finer standards?

    I realise I’m well and truly down the rabbit hole now but any advice or experience is much welcomed!
     
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  2. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If you're going for the same shine as your fork lowers, you'll need to do the progressive finer sandpaper thing. I'd go 220, 320 and then 400 and see how it polishes then.
     
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  3. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I’ve had a niggling little feeling this might be the case, I’m too sick not to try!
     
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  4. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Wet sanded from 240-320. Bought a little cork sanding block, this has made sanding larger surfaces much easier!

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    I think I’ll work it to 600 and then on to the buffer. I’m hopefull by then I’ll have a handsome surface to polish. Looks far more even and much flatter already!
     
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  5. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Do you close stitched mops with the coarse black compounds 5twins?
     
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  6. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Yes, stiff, stitched wheels. The looser wheels are for finer compounds, which I don't use too often. I usually do the black then sometimes brown tripoli.
     
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  7. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Cheers 5twins! I think they’re called Sisal mops, seem like they’re made from canvas?
     
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  8. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I have one sisal wheel and it is very stiff or "coarse". My other wheel is stitched cotton and much softer. I use it more. This is the sisal wheel I have. I actually bought two. Mounted together they give me a wider wheel. I stumbled across them 4 or 5 years ago for the ridiculous price of 15 cents each. It cost more to ship them to me, lol ....

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  9. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    This is what you use with the coarser compounds?
     
  10. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Yes, both of these, but mostly the softer cotton one. Well, at least I start on that one. If it's not doing a good enough job, I'll switch over to the coarser sisal wheel. But often this initial buffing will reveal deeper scratches you missed and you'll need to go back and sand those areas some more.
     
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  11. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well, forget everything you guys thought you knew about polishing. Turns out we been doing it wrong all along....

     
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  12. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 rider, fettler, setting out on a journey XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Is that for real? Another of the 1000 things our Grandmothers knew?

    He managed to skip a few sanding steps . . .
     
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  13. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Lol. Ichiban Moto is a satirical demonstration YouTube-er. Watch some of his other videos. Quite entertaining.
     
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  14. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Today’s a public holiday here so I’ve spent a couple hours this morning finishing the wet sanding of my top yoke.
    Sanded through to 800 grit (just because I fancied going a little further)

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    Pretty happy with this finish as I’m going to take 5twins & Jim’s advice and move on to the buffer sooner. A coarse grey compound and a sisal wheel is my next move.
     
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