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    Ok, I looked through all of the posts here in the Body Shop Forum and haven't seen what I'm looking for. I remember on KP someone had posted a tutorial for polishing. Could someone point me in the right direction of this type of tutorial?

    thanks in advance.
    -jason

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    here's how i did my wheels...
    1- use Aircraft stripper to remove all paint and primer
    2-depending on what you're working on, start sanding with 600 grit paper. on my wheels i used that until al the machining marks were gone. now move on to 1000 grit until it's all smooth, from here i went to 1500 grit wet sanding until it was smooth as glass, and a fair amount of hours later, you'll be done sanding.
    3-i used rubbing compound with a power buffer to get a nice shine and smooth it out a little more.
    4-lastly i used Mother's mag & aluminum polish by hand to get the ultimate shine, any further upkeep can be done with the Mother's after that to keep them looking nice.

    this isn't a close up, but you can see the results of about 20 hours of sanding and polishing. have fun!




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    • #3
      Trinc (Tim) has a how to I believe

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      • #4
        ohhh man....you didn't do it all! you have to do the whole thing. but it does look good, don't get me wrong. when i did mine, i started with 100 grit. i wanted to get all the bumps/holes out of the whole thing. then i moved up in grit, 240, 320, 400, 800, 1000. making sure that all the scratches are out at the current grit before moving on. i decided after i finished that i'm going to remove the letters off the wheels, so i got out a die grinder (air powered) and started grinding away. i'm going friday for powder coat.....what can i say, i changed my mind. but taz, it is A LOT of work. so just make sure that you are committed, then you'll be fine. but i used mothers polishing compound. i also tried this stuff called "semi-chrome" (i think) and that worked pretty well as well. maybe even better. but its also a lot more expensive. good luck
        if its got 2 wheels or a skirt....i'll ride it.

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        • #5
          Prepare to have your finger prints removed from sanding, and your fingers to BLEED
          Kan-O-Gixxer!
          -89 Gixxer 1100 Engine
          -Stage 3 Jet Kit / KNN Pod Filters
          -Ohlins Susupension
          -Various Other Mods

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          • #6
            Step 1 Remove rims and tires from bike
            Step 2 Take rims and tire to local shop have tires removed
            Step 3 Take rims to the chromer
            Step 4 Get rims back from chromer and press in new bearings
            Step 5 put new tires on
            Step 6 put rims and tires back on bike tighten everything up
            Step 7 Go riding.
            www.mopowersports.com

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            • #7
              High, you forgot the

              Get Mothers Metal Polish

              Step.

              Its ok though Bro, I got your back
              Kan-O-Gixxer!
              -89 Gixxer 1100 Engine
              -Stage 3 Jet Kit / KNN Pod Filters
              -Ohlins Susupension
              -Various Other Mods

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              • #8
                he forgot the "empty your wallet" step also




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                • #9
                  There is also a detailed How To on Squidbusters, by Oxi-Rider.

                  http://www.squidbusters.com/sb/article.php
                  AMA member # 224227

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                  • #10
                    cool guys, thanks for the advice and info. i'm not sure if i'm going to polish my whole rim or just the lip like KatDan2 did. I like the way the spokes are painted black on that. Think it might look good on my yellow cat with painting the spokes black. what do you guys think?
                    -jason

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                    • #11
                      I like Black and Yellow.
                      AMA member # 224227

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SweetLou
                        High, you forgot the

                        Get Mothers Metal Polish

                        Step.

                        Its ok though Bro, I got your back
                        Lou No I didn't Mine are chrome so therefore no need to have that polish.
                        www.mopowersports.com

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                        • #13
                          what type of paint would i use to paint the spokes on the rims?
                          -jason

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                          • #14
                            My bad High, I thought you had to keep the chrome all polished up.

                            It must just be a mexican thing
                            Kan-O-Gixxer!
                            -89 Gixxer 1100 Engine
                            -Stage 3 Jet Kit / KNN Pod Filters
                            -Ohlins Susupension
                            -Various Other Mods

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                            • #15
                              ok, now how much clear coat should i plan on using?
                              -jason

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                              RIP ROB (AKA BREEZE)

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