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1972 Yamaha XS650 project

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scanney, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

  2. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    I bought a couple of Dico wheels. Sort of work, hoping they would do better. In any event, I'm getting closer to satisfying my perfectionist tendencies. I do however need to get the nooks and crannies. Any suggestions for getting the areas as seen on the attached pics?
     

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  3. Jim

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

    I use 1, 2, and 3" roloc disks to get into tight spots. Have a look here.
     
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  4. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Yes, Roloc discs work pretty well. Don't use anything above the mediums though, it can remove too much material. I'd start with the fines. But, even with all these work saving power attachments, some hand sanding may still be needed. The amount needed will be greatly reduced, but you may still need some.
     
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  5. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    Thanks guys. I have been hand sanding and using the Roloc brushes for several days now. It's coming along but my perfectionist mania keeps me at it, hopefully I'll figure out when to stop. I'll post before and after pics when done. Thanks again.
     
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  6. Gator xs2

    Gator xs2 XS650 Addict

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    I use my dremel tool and a lot of this stuff. 769C11B4-3843-497A-B034-627D118C1907.jpeg
     
  7. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Those 3 little stainless cone brushes are just the ticket for the side case bolt recesses. the black fibber ones work well with compound in the same spots. My Dremel stash is exactly like Gator`s.:thumbsup:
     
  8. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    Thanks again. Good stuff.
     
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  9. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    Here's my before and after. It's not perfect, but neither am I.
     

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  10. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Medium and fine Roloc discs would make short work of the gouges in that round cover .....

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  11. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    Total restorations are nice, but I'm partial to the "leave some patina and a few minor scratches" look. I don't want it to look new. I want the ridden with street cred look. Nice, but not perfect. However thanks for the tip.
     
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  12. Greyandridin

    Greyandridin Got nothing to do and all day to do it XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I just ordered a set looks like when all the supplies get here I can get side covers and rims shined up
     
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  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Don't forget, there's buffing involved here after you do the basic clean-up with the Roloc discs and a little sanding. It's a process for sure, and sometimes once you get started, it's hard to stop, lol. I started out with this pretty decrepit '78 Standard. It had been ridden hard and put away wet many a time, used as basic transpo by some guy. If it broke down, he took it somewhere and had it fixed. Other than that, he did little in the way of upkeep or maintenance .....

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    Over the course of a few years, I got her looking pretty good .....

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    Now I'm in the process of doing it all again on another, lol .....

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  14. Greyandridin

    Greyandridin Got nothing to do and all day to do it XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I have never owned a bench grinder to use with a polish wheel
    I would imagine that you would use separate wheels for each color of buffing compound but when do you replace the wheels or just use em forever until they get ragged ?
    Like I said I'm totally new to this
     
  15. Greyandridin

    Greyandridin Got nothing to do and all day to do it XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    So far I found in forums " you are supposed to use a different wheel for every compound"
    so far so good
     
  16. scanney

    scanney XS650 Enthusiast

    I used wet/dry sandpaper. Started with 400, then 800, 1,000, and 1,500. Then I used #0000 fine steel wool with WD40. I finished with Blue Magic metal polish cream. Labor intensive but came out nice.
     

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  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    My usual progression goes something like this, if it’s got a lot of corrosion like this,
    53D6CB27-06CB-4E76-AF45-210F93B01B62.jpeg I start off with a blue Dico wheel and that’ll result in this,
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    Then progressive wet sand paper from 400 grit up until, 1500 grit gets to this point,
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    Then hit the buffing wheels,
    Some guys like 5T have really nice permanent buffing stations set up. I have a really old Craftsman two wheel bench grinder that pulls double duty as my buffer. It’s not bolted down , I store it in a cabinet and drag it out when needed. My whole buffing set up is just two wheels , a stitched cotton wheel which is very firm that I use a black compound on to make the initial buff, then a soft cotton flap wheel for doing the final buff with, using a white compound.
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    Then everything gets a hand polish with Blue Magic. Note the fork leg on the left has not been buffed yet.
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  18. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Mailman likes polishing so much we all just send him our parts, they come back in a week like new. He even pays postage!
    :yikes:
     
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  19. Jim

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

    Well shoot... thought I was the only one he wuz doin' that for... :er:
     
  20. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Nothin makes me happier than shiny parts! :laugh2:
     
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