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post #1 of 14 Old 09-28-2007, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Header wet sanding/polishing

If you haven't done the wet sanding and polishing of your headers, or were thinking about it take a look at this:



I didn't think mine were very dirty but after reading about using 500 grit wet sandpaper to restore them I decided to give it a shot and WOW! I couldn't believe the difference it made. For the $4 in sandpaper and and hours worth of my time it was definetely worth it! I ended up using 800 grit paper since I couldn't find any 500 and 400 felt way too rough.

I didn't have a chance to take a pic of all 4 headers done before I had to work, prob tomorrow. I'm planning on un-bolting the radiator so I can get the pipes all the way up to the top tomorrow.

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-28-2007, 11:11 PM
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Very nice.
Something to add to my "to do" list.

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Looks great!

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I finished them up today, and polished them with the Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish. The finish was good but I thought I could do better, so I got out my IBIZ metal polish and wow, theres the mirror finish I wanted!





Definietely worth every cut on my fingers from the radiator supports that I kept hitting

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Looks good! I need to finish up mine.

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you got diff wheels on or polish the sides?

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The wheels are silver, which as far as I can tell is different from what the bike came with, but I don't have any other info on them since they were on the bike when I bought it

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-29-2007, 03:56 PM
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WooAhhhh.... Where did I put my sun glasses!

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Nice job. Really looks sharp!

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That will be back to the way it was after you go for a ride, right?

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Right. But a more shiny bronze color! The "chrome" color only lasts about 10 min.

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Looks good! I need to finish up mine.
Get to scrubbing!

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Thanks guys! I'll take shiny bronze over the old look any day! I took it out for a ride this afternoon to 'break in' the finish, it did re-bronze a bit but not as dark as before and def very shiny! Its def worth the couple hours I spent doing it.

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I hit mine about once every two months. sometimes Once a month. It always looks nice.
After the initial sand & polish the up keep is usually about 15 min.

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