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Polishing lower forks

I don't know if anyone else has done this, or would want to, but here is a pic of the polished lower forks on my bike.Attachment 1556
This was done by sanding with 400grit and then 1000grit and polishing with Mothers. Ofcourse the left has been polished and the right hasn't. The pic doesn' do it justice.


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Very very nice looks like its worth the effort. Good job

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i,d like to do mine, it looks to take some time & lots of elbow grease to get the clear off. i wonder if steel wool would work?
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looking good man!
can you tell me breifly the process ( tools/solvant ...etc) used to accomplish this.
Thinking about doing this too.

Good job man


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Find CapHAB`s fork tube polishing photo album

Welcome to the forum. That polishing job looks good. Did you wax it too?

Edit Feb 19, 2012. Photo attachment doesn`t work for me now.
To see pictures click on CapHABs avatar to go to his profile. Then click on his Polish fork tubes album.


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Thanks for the comments.
As far as the process goes:
I only used 400grit and 1000grit sandpaper and mothers polish. I did the left side with the tire on. but I will remove the tire for the right side.You have to be careful around the fender with the sanding. I sanded in only up and down motions, polishing after each sanding of the lower fork (slider). I sanded with 400 then polished, sanded with 1000 then polised ect, ect untill I got it where I wanted it. Took about 6 hrs. Of corse that was working and taking breaks. I would estimate 3 hrs of working time.

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if you have some money to spend hit sears and you can get a rotary sander/polisher.... just make sure you dont stay in one place too long..... it should cut down work to like an hour for both...
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great timing for this thread, i was just getting around to my lower forks also. i bought some stuff called 'flitz' that is a paste; there is always somebody demonstrating at car shows this stuff for polishing just about any kind of metal. anybody used this stuff before? i'm a little hesitant to try it in case it does something that is not good or reversible.
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i have used flitz before on a number of things , it took the rust off of my gun barrel and didnt harm the finnish . it says its ok to use on everything from paint to plastic, dont knoe if i would use it on paint , but it works good on metal , alum, and does a great job on making crome shine . i was cleaning up my bike sunday and used some on some of the crome, was thinking of polishing the fork tubes and rims but didnt have any sandpaper fine enough to do the first part of the job . better left for another day .

its not a cure all , but it seems to work good .
hope it helps you if u decide to use it .

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