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Dec 29, 2009
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Western Mass
Well here it is, the end, thank God. This was a lot more work then I could have ever imagined and it took me untill about two hours ago to finnish. Everything on the bike except for the wheels, bars, pedals, and some hardware is polished steel which is what took up about 95% of my time. Went on a little ride when I finished and it rides pretty good, just needs a few adjustments. There are a couple more things I would like to do just ran out of time.

Thanks to my wife for the pictures...















Good building evetyone!
 

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It still amazes me that this is not a chrome bike.
TO FREAKING COOL!!
BRAVO!
congRATs!
 
Feb 25, 2009
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Wow! :shock: You definitely took some time to polish up that bad boy! :mrgreen: Well worth the time...awesome bike, Adam 8)
 
Dec 29, 2009
884
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Western Mass
Thanks Dogdart!
Well I "clear" coated it but it dried to a mat finish and didn't adhear to well :x So I ended up scraping it off and polishing again. I had way to much time into polishing it to keep it mat. It completely took the shine away. Since then I have been trying different clear coats on bare metal and nothing is sticking, you can scrape it off with your finger nail. All of them say they are for over paint. I don't know what everyone else has been doing for there bare metal bikes but I ended up waxing it real good with a quality wax.
When I first started the polishing process I would come down to the basement after a day or two and it would already have light surface rust starting, especially at the finger prints. I got in the habbit of wiping it down with paint thinner and then spraying heavy w/WD40.
I will be keeping a close eye on it to make sure the wax is working, so far so good.
So what is everyone doing on there bare bikes?
 
Jul 26, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
Check into clear powder coat - I think that if the bare metal is prepped properly that it should probably work

Here's a clear powder coat finish on a bare metal motorcycle tank -