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Old 07-30-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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Default Corroded Forks

Has anyone had problems with their forks being corroded like this? Any recommendations on how to tidy this up, purely cosmetic but would be good if I could get them looking good again, don't want to pay someone stupid money to sort them but happy to buy a selection of chemistry and put some work in!
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Old 07-30-2017, 12:21 PM   #2
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hit it with high pressure water from a pressure washer...other than that, maybe media blasting would work.
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Been there. Red scotchbrite, prime and repaint.
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Been there. Red scotchbrite, prime and repaint.
Prime and paint with what, from what I can see of the good bits it's bare metal, is there something clear I should put on them?
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No, it's painted an aluminum color. Etching primer and brite silver if you want the OEM look.
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Thanks, have some of primer will hunt down some suitable paint. Would I need the epoxy type ideally for that as someone suggested for other metal parts?
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VHT high temp paint + heat cycle through an oven = really tough and fuel / fork oil / brake fluid resistant coating that is cheap to do.

Someone likely removed the paint on those forks, probably polished them at one time. If you wanted, you could polish them back up as well. If so, use an aluminum polish with protective coating on a regular basis to keep them nice, or they will start to corrode again. OR you could have a clear coat over the polish. That could be spray or powder coat.

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You could also polish and the anodize them like they would be done in a shop. Takes a battery charger and some battery acid i believe.... or water.... its been awhile but i know its cheap and dooable at home in a plastic tub..... https://youtu.be/2-lfHN23Iv4
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You could also polish and the anodize them like they would be done in a shop. Takes a battery charger and some battery acid i believe.... or water.... its been awhile but i know its cheap and dooable at home in a plastic tub..... https://youtu.be/2-lfHN23Iv4
There's a good kit I can get for doing it I've been looking into, will have a look at that vid link you sent too, thanks.

Not many resistant rattle can options so anodising is quite appealing!

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NAPA sells a fuel/oil resistant urethane clear coat in a spray can.
Thanks, will check out if I can get it in the UK, not a familiar brand.

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