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Old 12-31-2018, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If your fork sliders are crud, polishing is easier than you may think

I polished mine yesterday and the results are much better than I expected. I did them individually and probably did more work than what was needed on the first one. I used 320, 400, 600, 800 then what is called a polishing sponge but looks like a common scotch-brite pad and finally Mothers Chrome/Aluminum polish. The temps were rising outside and I was in need of some seat time. So the second one saw the same amount of work with the 320 then 400 grit but then I went straight to the polishing sponge and Mothers. IMO, Its difficult to tell any difference between the first and second slider.

I plan to polish every time I replace my front tire. I hope the unprotected aluminum will stay clean and clear between polishes.

Attached is a pic taken after the first leg was done. The bottom of the second leg had been test-polished just to see if I wanted to take on this task.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Instead of sandpaper, I use all Scotchbrite pads. Start with green and finish with white. I stop there for the "brushed" look instead of polishing. Too much upkeep.

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Instead of sandpaper, I use all Scotchbrite pads. Start with green and finish with white. I stop there for the "brushed" look instead of polishing. Too much upkeep.

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I don't believe I have ever seen a white Scotchbrite pad.

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Some paint remover will get the clear off before you start using the paper and pads.
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Some paint remover will get the clear off before you start using the paper and pads.
Oven cleaner works too. After polishing use a clear laquer or enamel and it will look good longer.

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Old 12-31-2018, 10:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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F-11 works for about 4 months if you don't paint them.

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I used to polish mine way back then I solved that issue and just replaced them with chrome ones.
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I don't believe I have ever seen a white Scotchbrite pad.

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Polishing or replacing is to much work for nothing, I painted mine silver.
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Polishing or replacing is to much work for nothing, I painted mine silver.
Yep. That, chrome or the brushed look. Waaaaay too much work polishing aluminum.
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lol chrome or black powdercoat... too much upkeep on raw polished parts
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lol chrome or black powdercoat... too much upkeep on raw polished parts
Spend the money or spend the time.
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I also got way tired of trying to keep things looking shiny and new. For me anymore black powder coat is the only way to go.
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If I've gotta pull it all apart to polish the lower legs, I'm thinking black rattle can.....

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