650 - polishing valve covers, installing battery charger lead, whole bike photos
My valve covers were not in terrible shape but certainly not great either. I finally ran out of major mechanical issues for a little while so I turned my eye to polishing parts of the bike, starting with those dull valve covers.
I started with 600 grit sand paper, then 2000 grit, some Blue Magic metal polish cream, and finally a buffing compond. I find the sandpaper works wonders. The blue magic metal polish didnt seem to do much. It didn't improve the finish over 2000 grit sand paper. The buffing compound however really gave the covers a great shine.
The last thing I did was coat them all in a spray on clear coat to protect the finish. The clear coat workes great. I have used it on several parts over the last 3 years and it has held up great, no yellowing.