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Rust on 9er heat shields

I have a problem with rust on the exhuast heat shields on my 919. The bike was outside under a cover for about 4 months and in that time a little bit of rust has shown up. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on what to use so I dont scratch the finish.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-07-2006, 09:33 PM
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The standard sheilds are stainless steel, so it might not actually be rust.
It's not just some spotting perhaps..
In either case, try some decent metal polish.
I use a product called Autosol for all my chrome, alloy and stainless polishing requirements.

You could also look for some specialised stainless polish.
There was some stuff I used to use on stainless many years ago, I can't remeber what it was called now, but it was white like milk and had a fishy smell to it. That stuff mixed with soda water worked a treat at cleaning stainless steel.

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If you can find it locally get "Barkeepers Friend". It will take it right off. Just be sure to follow the directions exactly, especially the part about wiping with the direction of the "brushing."

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2006, 10:57 AM
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I don't know about Australian sheilds, But my sheilds appear to be polished aluminum which will scratch easily!

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-10-2006, 02:26 AM
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Drop bear nine has it, Autosol will do the biz just make sure the bike is not in hot sun and it will remove anything!

post #7 of 8 Old 09-10-2006, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by DropBear 9 View Post
The standard sheilds are stainless steel, so it might not actually be rust.
Stainless Steel is a misnomer. It WILL rust given the right conditions. Being under a cover with no air circulating and having moisture captured under the cover will definitly cause it to rust given the length of time described. There are only a few metals that won't oxidize.

Use a very mild soap and water to clean them, then use 0000 steel wool soaked in WD-40 or the like to clean the rust. The thing is, once you do this, you will likely have to go over the entire surface area to ensure that it blends well. Otherwise you'd have 'scratch' spots on them.


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post #8 of 8 Old 09-10-2006, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Ranger919er View Post
Stainless Steel is a misnomer. It WILL rust given the right conditions.
Yer dead right. There are different levels of stainless-ness for want of a better way of putting it and without getting all technical.
Low grade stainless will corode eventually, but something like say surgical grade will take a helluva lot longer. 300 , 302, 304 etc etc..

Plus it doesn't usually look like regular rust.. usually..
However these sheilds are most likely a low grade stainless so it's entirely possible.

I guess what I was trying to suggest was that as they are stainless, it may not be rust, not that it's not rust.



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