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    Stock Ride Plate finish....

    I have my stock ride plate out changing the gasket right now. I am trying to get it cleaned up real good to reinstall it.

    The lower plate appears to be made out of aluminum with some sort of coating on it. Does anyone happen to know what it is? I was thinking of bead blasting the plate to clean it up and possibly sand down the bottom side to give it a smoother finish. Do I need to put any protective coating back on the plate? Clear coat or powder coat perhaps? Or do you recommend I not mess with the finish and just clean it up and reinstall it like it is stock?


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    Jason, that coating is just an anodized coating. When Jim modifies the ride plate he polishes the plate and removes that rough coating. You being in fresh water have nothing to worry about as far as salt water corrosion goes.

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    it's anodized and the best finish there is to protect the cast aluminum rideplate. anodizing is a chemical/electrical process that you can't duplicate at home. do not paint or powder coat the plate as it will lose some of it's heat dissipating properties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Hulk View Post
    Jason, that coating is just an anodized coating. When Jim modifies the ride plate he polishes the plate and removes that rough coating. You being in fresh water have nothing to worry about as far as salt water corrosion goes.
    i do ride a good bit in salt water too, is this something I should be worried about too?

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    if you are not modifying the plate that would make it necessary to sand away the finish I would recommend leaving the original finish. it will corrode from the salt water, how much depends on how much it's in salt and how well you maintain it.

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