Thread: polishing the ride plate
02-20-2010, 01:40 PM #1
polishing the ride plate
I'm in the process of changing the stock ride plate to a "Jim's" ride plate it has been polished some but before i install it i thought maybe of giving it a finale polish what would be good to use ?
02-20-2010, 01:56 PM #2
Try mothers wheel polish on a rub out wheel. This is my ride plate i redid because it was trashed with scratches all over it.
02-20-2010, 02:39 PM #3
this question may been asked befor but how thick is the metal on the bottom of the ride plate and how deep of a scratch can you safely rub out
02-20-2010, 03:00 PM #4
nice finish bowsniper i got to give that a try before installing it
02-20-2010, 09:08 PM #5
polishing looks cool but a pain and you have to keep it up... start with 220 on a da if possible and work to 400 600 800 100 1200 1500 the go to mothers...if it is real bad you can drop to 120 ...spend alot of time with the courser paper or you will be forever n the finer stuff..
the frame and swing arem on my supermoto were cast aluminum ... ...many nights ..my girlfriend was starting to get jelouse..it wasnt wuit done in the pic but had to rub on somehting softer for a while...
a few more times with mothers and it is mirror
02-26-2010, 05:30 PM #6
Thanks, It took 5 hours total from trashed to glass. you can safely grind out pretty much any scratch. just do the whole thing at once with 80, then 150,220 320 400 . at 400 is should start to look clean n shiny. then hit it with a rub out wheel with a wool buf-it pad with mothers polish. I never used 600 800 1000 1200 1500 or 2000. you dont need to go that far with it. paint yes, aluminum No.
Maybe a little 600 to get it to shine. Just work the wheel on it hard and it will come clean n shiny. I have a thread I did you can check out.. you can see the before and after. Its even better than the pic shows. that last pic is 400 grit. here it is all done!, look at the car in the pic, its a mirror! I went right from 400 to the mothers and a wheel. see what I mean? you dont need to go up in grit that far beyond 400 or 600 grit.
you dont have to keep it up all polished. just get it to this stage and forget about it till next spring. unless your anal about it and have to have it perfect always.
02-26-2010, 05:35 PM #7
02-26-2010, 05:53 PM #8
Bowsniper, that's pretty trick man... I bet that'd look cool as heck coming off a wave, maybe even catch the sun and be too bright!
I don't know if I could put it back on once it was so shiny!
Breon, nice bike by the way, I've heard about them... and heard they are crazy fun...
02-26-2010, 06:05 PM #9
02-26-2010, 06:52 PM #10
Just so everyone knows it will not stay that way once in the water with some time.
Does look bling bling at first tho.
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