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06-06-2007 09:52 AM
EasyRector
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Originally Posted by medic274 View Post
It's not a plastic sticker, it's a clearcoat to protect the polished sections of the covers. The problem is that over time with the heat from the engine, the clearcoat hardens and dulls, making the shine look dull. Best way to fix it is to strip the clearcoat with paint stripper, polish the covers with a good metal polish ( I prefer Simichrome to Mother's ) and then you can either clear coat it again (but will end up stripping it again when the same thing happens) or just keep it polished.
Thanks for the explanation ~ also for the lead on Simichrome.
06-03-2007 03:55 PM
Lootux I've removed mine's, it was clearcoat, and I removed it with a thin shaving blade used perpendicular to the surface.
the mouvement is perpendicular to the blade (parallel to the cover)
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when it's completely removed , water and very small abrasive (400) to make the surface as clean as possible and to finish, classic polishing aluminium.
If there are some big scrap, start on water abrasive paper 100

my two cents
06-03-2007 12:53 AM
medic274 It's not a plastic sticker, it's a clearcoat to protect the polished sections of the covers. The problem is that over time with the heat from the engine, the clearcoat hardens and dulls, making the shine look dull. Best way to fix it is to strip the clearcoat with paint stripper, polish the covers with a good metal polish ( I prefer Simichrome to Mother's ) and then you can either clear coat it again (but will end up stripping it again when the same thing happens) or just keep it polished.
05-29-2007 11:00 PM
EasyRector
Problem Solved

I heated the engine up (easy to do on a sunny day in the upper 80s!). This softened up all the plastic and the stubborn, underlying adhesive. I was then able to scrape this goo off with the edge of an old credit card. I'll buff and polish it out with Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish tomorrow.
05-27-2007 05:58 PM
EasyRector
plastic film

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Originally Posted by Rubline View Post
I guess the engines ship with a thin sheet of plastic film that cover the engine side covers. My was on so good that I never realized it was there until it started to peel around the circumfrence. Now, I cant get the rest of the plastic off the clutch cover. Anyone have any Ideas? It looks like crap.
I'm resurrecting an old thread because I had/have the same problem. Does anybody know how to clean up this mess?

I've tried Goo Gone, I've tried Mother's, I've even tried fingernail polish remover. Nothing works. I'm wondering if this plastic film should have been removed when I bought the bike ~ now it appears to be baked on.

Chad ~ you used an "adhesive remover." What product did you use?

Actually, the right side was so ragged that I eventually got most of it off by scraping (using a lot of elbow grease) with a piece of hard plastic along with an old credit card. When finished I polished it up with Mother's ~ it looks OK but not as pristine as I would like.

What kind of metal is used for those circular side covers? I'd hate to use an abrasive. I'm going to wait until the engine is real hot again and try to scrape the other (clutch) side off.
12-25-2006 11:01 AM
Spriddle with a little work and a hot engine it comes right off with a finger nail.
the lettering is etched in the metal.
12-25-2006 10:54 AM
Spriddle with a little work it comes right off when the engines hot and a finger nail.
lettering is etched in metal.
12-22-2006 07:56 PM
marinecorpsvet
Sticky crap

Yep, mine done the same thing, on both sides. Used goof off, no go. Gonna use brake cleaner next. Kinda cheesy uh?
12-20-2006 01:41 PM
Hizzo3 once the plastic coating comes off, you can polish it out with just a few strokes of mothers.....i was thinking about taking those lables and having an engraving shop permantly etch them in there, but that metal seems so thin. i guess i will just leave it as is....
12-19-2006 11:32 PM
Spriddle It is etched into the cover.All you need to do to get it off is: when the engine is hot use your finger nail or an old plastic card,takes some time but it comes off pretty easy.
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