I was going to post this in line with my LED aux lights install, but it's a separate issue so I'll do a new thread altogether.
I took delivery of my motor just before Memorial day, so I'm pretty new and green to this model yet. But I'm also pretty fond of it so far. I've done far more putzing with this bike than I've ridden it in the few weeks it's been in my possession, but that's ok because I'm still waiting on the DMV to mail me my license plate. Plus it's given me the chance to give it a thorough go-over, clean things up, make mods, etc. One of the obvious things that needed attention was the rusty / pitted trim rings around the instruments. I wasn't sure how to best go about that, so I took it slow. This is what the tach originally looked like: https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1611&cat=501
After I got everything all disassembled, I went to work with a small stainless wire wheel on the Dremel, which took away some of the loose stuff but left some pretty good pitting and the appearance was still kinda junky: https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1612&cat=501
I tried lightly hitting them against the wire wheel on my grinder, but that didn't do much good and only ate away at the plating and into the potmetal underneath which is semi copperish bronze-ish in color. So I taped the critical surfaces and got busy with the glass media bead blaster at work, which largely (but not completely) negated the pitting and left a good surface ready to be painted. Here you'll still be able to see the discoloration from where I wire wheeled on the grinder:
I retaped, primed with self etching primer, then used a satin black off-the shelf spray can of paint from Autozone and put on a number of coats. Light coats at first, then a little heavier to sort of smooth out the end finish. And here's what I wound up with, all reassembled and reinstalled:
Not bad, eh? I'm amateur at best when it comes to painting and critical bodywork/reconditioning, but I'm pretty pleased with how this looks. I'll be sure to keep a polished coat of wax on these babies from here on out.