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    Sorry...How the hell is everyone cleaning/polishing these old bikes. This 78' CB 750 needs some serious polishing on all the aluminum...what are u guys using? I take it there isnt a chemical that is going to work, so what are u using for air tools or on a drill? I want to get this this shinning.. THANKs!!

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    get your drill, and dremel, pick up several different types of polish, semichrome, mothers, neverdull, noxon, etc..lots of old tee-shirts, towels ...0000 steel wool

    get your buffs here http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/index.html

    put on some music, and have at it...it takes alot of time and trial....best to remove the parts you're working on.

    or you could send it all out and pay.

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    alrighty...hopeing for an easier way, but i will start soon...I will post some before and after pics. Thanks!

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    quote:Originally posted by Zeus87

    alrighty...hopeing for an easier way, but i will start soon...I will post some before and after pics. Thanks!
    I dont know if it will help, but I will pass on some wise info a friend once told me.

    He said, "Always hire a tweaker to do your aluminum polishing."


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    what's a tweaker?
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    is branson a tweaker? his aluminium parts are always shiney.
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    quote:Originally posted by parks61

    is branson a tweaker? his aluminium parts are always shiney.
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    I don't know branson personally, but shiny alloys are definately a sign.

    Here's a definition: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tweaker

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    Somehow I just new polishing would lead to meth addiciton.....

    Mothers makes a powerball that you put on the end of a drill. If you aren't looking for the show chrome shine but just a nice clean metal look this thing is awsome. My buddy did his covers on the bike and they came out really nice.
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    8" or bigger cotton wheel with tripoli rouge.


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    for the best look, remove parts and use a bench buffer and rouge.
    for an ok finish without removing the parts, very carefully spray airplane paint striper on the covers without overspraying onto painted items like the frame. maybe i should say, mask off areas with paint that don't wish the stripper to ruin. all the aluminum has a clear coat or something sprayed on them at the factory. it turns gross and yellowish. this paint stripper will remove it.

    next, get some running compound and applicator pads and cloth towels to buff the compound off with. the powerball does work well, but its pricey and can't get all the tight spots.
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