wombat24 wrote:Thanks for that detailed "how-to". After polishing the covers on my '81, they proceeded to oxidize again in a short time. Next time I will try some clear coat as you mentioned. I was looking for additional reccommendations from others who have clear-coated their aluminum as to brandname or type. (rattlecan that is)
Autosol is interesting stuff. I use very little of it. It builds up a black residue on the buffer or rag that actually continues to work - you don't need to clean it off as you do with compunds. I just add a tiny dab of Autosol to the black residue every so often to keep it moist. The small tube will last me a decade. I don't put any wax or clear over the aluminum, and it stays shiny.Old Fogey wrote:Solvol Autosol comes in small tubes!
That there Norton is a whole lot of small tubes!!!!!!!!!!!!
( No, officer, I wasn't hiding my identity. I just polish my bike. A lot! )
Autosol is a chemical metal polish, on the order of Semichrome or Flitz, not a wax. I haven't waxed over the aluminum, but the bike is stored indoors and hasn't seen rain in ages. It does get ridden on Norton Club rides, although I must say my GoldWing has displaced the other bikes as my favorite ride since I got it in October.Geno wrote:Bill, that is one beautiful Norton, Nice work. I also use a wax type treatment rather than clearcoat, I use MAAS paste. I have had two experiences using clearcoat products, and they both left the polished aluminum dull looking after being sprayed. Once I get the aluminum polished and waxed, I dont have any problems with further oxidation, besides, I like the idea of being able to quickly buff out a nick or scratch without having to go through the hassle of removing clearcoat and prepping the surface all over again. Just my .02 worth, Geno.
So, I guess it must have some abrasive in it too. Didn't realize that. For plastic I use 3M Finesse-It II, which is a fine paint finishing compound.Old Fogey wrote:Incidentally, Solvol Autosol is also great for removing scratches form plastic components such as rear light and indicator lenses.
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