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Old 07-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Cleaning fork leggs

Not the sliders but the Aluminum leggs, mine are covered in some crap/oxicadation, I have tried some stuff but no luck, also are the clear coated , I may get them clear powder coating
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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Do you have a good powdercoating shop in your area ?

I use a Methylene Chloride vat to strip the factory finish then media blast and powder with a color basecoat then a clear powder topcoat. If you strip them to bare aluminum and then clear powder, you won't be happy with the finish. Clear powder over bare aluminum darkens the color significantly. Better to use a silver base then clear top.

Your local guy will know all of this if he's any good.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
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Ok, I was thinking of just stripping them, and clear coat, I know this is a cheap way, but since I am doing everything top notch, I should probably go that route, I have them nearly stripped by hand , that's me scrubbing them , Oh BTW I just put new seals
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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What about Anodizing them
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:55 AM   #5
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Are you after a polished bare aluminum look ? I can get them nearly chrome like with just hand polishing and elbow grease if you put the effort into them.

Its all in the process and right products. You dont even coat them with anything afterwards.
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If its the RD they have a clear coat like most Japanese forks of that period.
It breaks down and you get oxidized spots same on the engine side covers where used.
Try 0000 steel wool and soapy (car wash is good) water.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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Are you after a polished bare aluminum look ? I can get them nearly chrome like with just hand polishing and elbow grease if you put the effort into them.

Its all in the process and right products. You dont even coat them with anything afterwards.
That would be great, but it is very very wet here, and they will need up keep, I don't want that, I found a coating place, who is going to do them
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:17 PM   #8
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Or polish them up and add a powder clear top coat.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:44 PM   #9
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Or polish them up and add a powder clear top coat.

Well Sandy Clause brought me a purt swingarm Anodized clear so I am going to matche the front forks
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #10
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I brought mine back to a very good shine. I just ran them over a wire wheel. A bench type one not one thats on an angle grinder. Then polished them with a buffing wheel. After that I just clear coated them.
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Well I was farting around with them shiny silver color, and said to hell with it, I will have them done in BLACK, this Thursday , they will match the frame
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All it takes is a little time and effort.

No need for media blasting, power tools, powdercoatings or special preservers. Just some patience and effort to go through the steps thouroughly.



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But but have you ever seen, a set of black legs , and it is really really wet here
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But but have you ever seen, a set of black legs , and it is really really wet here
Between the legs or the weather?
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Between the legs or the weather?

Yes , No But really Oregon is a wet state, and I don't like doing things halfass, I'll get them tomorrow
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