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katsd
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PostSubject: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:08 pm

I know this has been covered elsewhere, but I'm so chuffed with they way these have turned out.

I'd been meaning to do something about the fins & barrels before they got too bad 

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They didn't look too bad from a distance, but close up, they were starting to look tatty

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I treated myself to a bench polisher a couple of years back & it's been worth its weight in gold.  It came with a flexi-spindle (like a Dremel, but driven by the polisher motor), which means that you can work on areas that'd be impossible with the bench unit.

I ran the hard & medium mops over the fins first, then ran 150 emery cloth next.  When I'd done one barrel, I reused the emery to take down the surface.  I then ran 400 & 800 wet & dry over them.

So now the end of the fins looked better, but the black between them was not the best.  Gave them a good clean off with an engine de-greaser, then used this stuff

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I used to use it on the Katana exhaust which had been black ceramic coated.  This stuff is brilliant - it contains microscopic traces of graphite which bond to the surface when it warms up.  However, it's the filthiest stuff in existence - if you use it, make sure you wear disposable gloves.  I worked it in with a toothbrush (best throw it out afterwards)

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Give it about ten minutes to dry off (by the time you've finished putting it on, it's about time to take it off), then buff it off with a cloth. 

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Couple of hours per side, bear in mind that it you want to do the off-side properly, you'll need to remove the air-filter & gubbins
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:34 pm

Looks well Dave,black engine fins set the engine off well.
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:47 pm

What a transformation! It looks great!  ,  I've used that stuff on old fireplaces but would never have thought to use it on the bike  :good i:   

ps. who's that ugly guy on your cylinder head covers? when I look at mine I see a model like adonis?  hyst
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:03 pm

Dunno - but I keep seeing him in my bathroom mirror - reckon he's my stalker.  And I think he's sleeping with my missus  !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:31 pm

What a great change, well worth doing.  
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:26 pm

Wow what a transformation, wonderful. What a great tip  
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:08 pm

Great job, well worth the effort  
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:13 pm

nice job dave have done my fins been on the think how to get the black on the block back thx for the tip 
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:05 am

That is the only area on the bike i can't be bothered to clean lol.
Actually, that area and wheel spokes.
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:33 am

Worth the effort - makes a helluv a difference.  Did the spokes over winter - pig of a job, but looks good.  Saying that, I may have them powdered next year
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:22 pm

I need to do my spokes, just need to work out the easiest way. I like minimal effort, maximum result, not always easy to find the best results that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:03 pm

Dave let someone else do them, this is the easiest and  minimal effort. Glad to see you are getting back into your bike.
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PostSubject: um...?   Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:58 pm

katsd wrote:


So now the end of the fins looked better, but the black between them was not the best.  Gave them a good clean off with an engine de-greaser, then used this stuff

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I used to use it on the Katana exhaust which had been black ceramic coated.  This stuff is brilliant - it contains microscopic traces of graphite which bond to the surface when it warms up.  However, it's the filthiest stuff in existence - if you use it, make sure you wear disposable gloves.  I worked it in with a toothbrush (best throw it out afterwards)
the results are great, but what did you use? the info seems to be missing. I hunted google using hints from your post, but i dont know what im looking for. thanks in advance.
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:35 pm

Hi Wayne - looks like Amazon have stopped selling it now, which is probably why the link has gone.  This is what I used Hotspot Grate Polish - Amazon are selling this now Stovax Graphite Polish.  To top the shine up, I use this stuff - SDoc 100
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PostSubject: Thanks Dave.   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:10 pm

Any idea why this stuff is only available in the uk? I something i think is comparable here locally, but who knows.  It's Rutland Stove Polish. I'd post a link, but I'm to new.
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:18 pm

Yeh - that looks like the sort of stuff.  I can't think why Hotspot is not available your side of the pond - probably contains some noxious ingredient that we don't mind coming into contact with. 

To post a link - copy the page address that you wish to link to, click on the "insert a link" tab (next to the "YouTube" icon, then paste the link address in - if you want it read what it is that you're linking to (rather than a long web address), write it in the "Description" box - easy peasy, lemon squeezy !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fins Cleaned, Barrels Blacked   Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:09 pm

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