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Clear coat polished forks?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by vufromlu, Dec 1, 2019 at 5:42 PM.

  1. vufromlu

    vufromlu XS650 Enthusiast

    Yes...also a good idea and comments......Thx so much
  2. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    After having spent what seemed like hundreds of hours sanding and polishing all the aluminum on my bike to a mirror finish before clear coating a few years ago I truly regret having sprayed it. Maybe someday I will polish it again but clear it will not see.

    The only clear I will spray is on the black paint as that has lasted 15 years and is beginning to show some wear.
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  3. vufromlu

    vufromlu XS650 Enthusiast

    That settles it. I fear I will regret it too!
    Your say on his has settled my mind. Thanks for your advice.
    ReycleBill likes this.
  4. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    That's what we're here for-- to learn from each others' mistakes.
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  5. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    How do you keep the wheel hubs polished? Once I cut all the spokes and polish the hubs, I can't get in there to keep it that way. That is what most has me considering POR15 clear. That, and I have positive experience with the product.
  6. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    The painter I just took my side covers to uses POR15 on engine covers and hubs. It lays down nice and is very durable. He’s a professional and been a body/paint man over 35 years.
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  7. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I don't bother polishing the inner parts of the hubs, just soda or bead blast them clean. I don't see the point in polishing that area because you can't get at it to keep it polished.
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  8. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I know that's right! I'm looking at corrosion on my '83 that I've loved since 1983. Those hubs show corrosion and the bike is riding on cast wheels right now. If I restore the wheels, and I'd like to, I'm thinking seriously about the clear coat.

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