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Hey all, I've got some chrome on the front gauges peeling or breaking off and I'm wondering what to do to make them look like new again. I don't think I can get it rechromed for cheap, but, if that's the only option I shall. But I'd like to hear any other options there are!
 

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Actually this is fairly common on these bikes. I took mine apart and wire brushed the crap out of them, then painted them with a nice gray Krylon paint/primer. Turned out really nice. I decided at the end of this season to paint the "cones" on the backs of the gauges and the dash black (thanks to knifemaker posting a pic of his) and the colors compliment each other well. But I'm gonna have to redo the black because we got a nice day in December as I was painting and I threw everything back together to go ride for the day. Needless to say, the paint wasn't quite ready yet and looks kinda bad now.
 

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By the way, why don't you give us an introduction in the newbies section, please? It's pretty standard and I'm sure I'm not the only one that'll ask you to do so.
 
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By the way, why don't you give us an introduction in the newbies section, please? It's pretty standard and I'm sure I'm not the only one that'll ask you to do so.
You'll be one of 5 guys that just love to berate people to make an intro post. Meanwhile, the rest of the forum doesn't care. :x This isn't A A...

Back to the topic at hand, this is super common as noted. Leaving the bike outside instead of garaged accelerates the process 10 fold.

Rustolium has a metallic spray paint line that has some good looking silvers.
 
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You'll be one of 5 guys that just love to berate people to make an intro post. Meanwhile, the rest of the forum doesn't care. :x This isn't A A...

Back to the topic at hand, this is super common as noted. Leaving the bike outside instead of garaged accelerates the process 10 fold.

Rustolium has a metallic spray paint line that has some good looking silvers.
pleas don't stir the pot.this place has been pretty calm lately.thank you

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pleas don't stir the pot.this place has been pretty calm lately.thank you

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By calm do you mean.. dead?

Heres #2 of the 5 that give a hoot. Sorry but this isn't your forum, and I don't take kindly to a small group trying to run it like they own it.

No intros required. It's a forum not an AA meeting. You'll find more people stick around if you don't ask them to jump through hoops. :nerd:



Once again, check out those rustolium metallic paints. May find one that suits your needs.
 

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hmmmm, it isn't your forum either.and when I mean calm,I mean everyone has been polite (even when asking nicely for introductions)and haven't been trying to dig up old nonsense that should be buried.you may not like people to introduce themselves and pushing that issue is also kind of like trying to bully people into making this place your own.as you can already tell,no matter how many times you try to get us to stop asking,we keep on keeping on.so please just drop the drama,this isn't a soap opera, and carry on.thank you and have a pleasant day.

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Just as it isn't your forum, it isn't mine. Keep berating people about intro posts? I'll respond letting them know it isn't required. No drama; just facts.

To continue my trend of actually addressing the topic at hand any time I respond, here's a photo of those metallic paints I was talking about.



The metallic silver second to the right would look pretty close to original I think. Make sure to use a primer!

Edit: dark steel on the very right also looks really awesome
 
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thtanner c'mon he was polite and asked nicely. It's not a big deal, it's standard practice when joining a forum to introduce yourself so people know where you are, what you know how to do to fix stuff, and maybe if we have other common interests. It's useful, only takes a few minutes, and can actually help existing forum members give more insightful advice based on the mechanical skill level of the new member.

Heck, most forums actually send you through a whole process where they REQUIRE you to post an intro before they'll even allow you to post anywhere else in the forum, so this one is more lax in that regard and it falls upon the users to request that info in order to better serve the person asking the question.

For instance, let's say this guy has never turned a wrench, doesn't have a tool in his shed except windex and a rag. Can we help him with this problem? No, probably not, and it would likely not be worth the trouble for him to take it to a shop to fix an old bike's chrome-on-plastic. Does the guy have a wire wheel, was a mechanic for some 20 odd years, and know exactly what kind of operation TR_Irish is talking about? At this point, we do not know, and until the new user responds and says either "ok that sounds good" or "what is a wire wheel? I thought this thing had no spokes on the wheels? Also doesn't Krylon just kill superman???" we will not even have the slightest inkling of knowing.




BESIDES THAT POINT:
repainting is a good option if you know how to take the gauge pods apart, they're relatively simple if you don't have a windshield installed. Welcome to the forum, dunthyon. We have a lot of good users here with a lot of time spent slaving over these machines fixin' and lovin' them. Don't worry about the drama, just do yourself a favor and post an intro in the introductions forum when you get a chance.

Happy riding
 

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Just as it isn't your forum, it isn't mine. Keep berating people about intro posts? I'll respond letting them know it isn't required. No drama; just facts.

To continue my trend of actually addressing the topic at hand any time I respond, here's a photo of those metallic paints I was talking about.



The metallic silver second to the right would look pretty close to original I think. Make sure to use a primer!

Edit: dark steel on the very right also looks really awesome
how is politely asking someone a question berating?most people come here and politely ask questions;is that berating? nobody has brought this topic up in months (hmmmmmmmm, could that be because SOMEONE hasn't really been active in those few months) so I'm asking,AGAIN, politely (not even a bit berating,nudge nudge,wink wink),PLEASE let it go.nobody wants to hear the constant bickering

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thtanner c'mon he was polite and asked nicely. It's not a big deal, it's standard practice when joining a forum to introduce yourself so people know where you are, what you know how to do to fix stuff, and maybe if we have other common interests. It's useful, only takes a few minutes, and can actually help existing forum members give more insightful advice based on the mechanical skill level of the new member.

Heck, most forums actually send you through a whole process where they REQUIRE you to post an intro before they'll even allow you to post anywhere else in the forum, so this one is more lax in that regard and it falls upon the users to request that info in order to better serve the person asking the question.

For instance, let's say this guy has never turned a wrench, doesn't have a tool in his shed except windex and a rag. Can we help him with this problem? No, probably not, and it would likely not be worth the trouble for him to take it to a shop to fix an old bike's chrome-on-plastic. Does the guy have a wire wheel, was a mechanic for some 20 odd years, and know exactly what kind of operation TR_Irish is talking about? At this point, we do not know, and until the new user responds and says either "ok that sounds good" or "what is a wire wheel? I thought this thing had no spokes on the wheels? Also doesn't Krylon just kill superman???" we will not even have the slightest inkling of knowing.




BESIDES THAT POINT:
repainting is a good option if you know how to take the gauge pods apart, they're relatively simple if you don't have a windshield installed. Welcome to the forum, dunthyon. We have a lot of good users here with a lot of time spent slaving over these machines fixin' and lovin' them. Don't worry about the drama, just do yourself a favor and post an intro in the introductions forum when you get a chance.

Happy riding
Going to break stride since there's not much else I can say on the paint subject, but, just note my goal isn't to be mean (or a thorn in the side, or whatever,) but it is REALLY off-putting to some people when they ask a question and the first thing people do is mention an intro post. I do understand the point, don't get me wrong, but most of us were raised well enough to do that anyways. And if not, no big deal, just let em sliiiiide. Not everyone operates the same way. :beerchug:
 

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Ok, I seem to have touched a nerve here....

When I started posting on here it was important to me to give a little background on myself to show that I could understand most technical aspects of what people could say here and was fully capable of wrenching so that we could skip the kindergarten versions of answers to any questions I might have. I can't say it any better than Ubertalldude said, that was exactly my intention. And actually why I said "wire brushed" instead of "wire wheeled" when I did, in fact, use my wire wheel. It's simple courtesy aimed toward effective communication.

I don't know where all of that came from but hopefully understanding my intentions can alleviate some of it?

I wanna make a joke about it being the second thing I posted but don't wanna poke the bear....
 

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Ok, I seem to have touched a nerve here....

When I started posting on here it was important to me to give a little background on myself to show that I could understand most technical aspects of what people could say here and was fully capable of wrenching so that we could skip the kindergarten versions of answers to any questions I might have. I can't say it any better than Ubertalldude said, that was exactly my intention. And actually why I said "wire brushed" instead of "wire wheeled" when I did, in fact, use my wire wheel. It's simple courtesy aimed toward effective communication.

I don't know where all of that came from but hopefully understanding my intentions can alleviate some of it?

I wanna make a joke about it being the second thing I posted but don't wanna poke the bear....
you didn't touch any nerves with me,just the ONE person who doesn't like introductions. he was absent for months from here and not a word was said from anyone else,I was actually liking the quiet...

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I don't care about introductions either, Just an FYI...... I'm with Tanner on that one.

As far as the chrome peeling off I think he's talking about the Chrome covers on the back of the gauges not the Bezel.
 

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There's some new gauge housings on ebay, but they're $36 each. I would paint mine any color before buying those.
 

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stop touching me!!!! :wink2:

:itchy-scr and here we go again:|:dead_hors
but he started it

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Okie Dokie. OP did not say what year his bike was. From what I understand every model from 2002 back to 1985 the upper part of the gauges were not chromed. Only the bottom part was, and these were chrome plastic cups, which I've never heard about them peeling unless they were damaged.

So 2003-2006 models had the top part chromed. Models before that did have an issue with rust...and many have sanded them and repainted them, that aluminum metalic tanner posted is a good match to the original color.

I have not seen the actual top part chromed ones peel, but if that is what the OP is referring to his option is as TR posted, take off the remaining chrome and paint.

Now as far as the whole newbie introduction thing....


I don't care. It's not a "rule" here. Some folks act like it is. However, there is nothing wrong with asking politely, but at times it does seem more for the benifit of a few that care about it.
I've "suggested" intro's myself before, but it had more to do with the post. Dealing with rusty chrome isn't something that wrenching ability has to do with. Fixing a stripped thread might be. Installed new brake pads definitely is.

So really, my suggestion here is for those that feel an introduction post is needed, why don't you just send the poster a PM? No one else has to see it other than the intended member, and it will end this stupid controversy.
 

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You'll be one of 5 guys that just love to berate people to make an intro post. Meanwhile, the rest of the forum doesn't care. :x This isn't A A...

Back to the topic at hand, this is super common as noted. Leaving the bike outside instead of garaged accelerates the process 10 fold.

Rustolium has a metallic spray paint line that has some good looking silvers.
berate-to angrily criticize or scold someone.this is the only problem I have with this issue. I have never berated a newbie unless I was berated first,so please do not stick me in that category. I simply ask a polite question, and if I don't get an answer, I drop it.you might be confusing me with someone else. forgive me if I like to know a little about someone I am interacting with.it helps me to be more friendly with that person.I have always been this way and always will be and will not bend for anyone.I also do not have a problem if someone else may feel different, but do not poke and prod me to bend to your beliefs,as it will not work.as I will not poke or prod you either.all I asked Tanner to do was just drop the issue and let it rest,so this wouldn't happen.

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pleas don't stir the pot.this place has been pretty calm lately.thank you

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this is my statement,which was also written politely without any beration present

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