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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.

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all the covers looked like this before polishing
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used 600 grit sand paper first then 2000
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blue magic metal polish cream didn't do much. I applied it by hand, maybe better if machine buffed
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finished one next to dull one
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same picture, now without the flash
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used Worth GL Clear Laquer spray paint to protect the valve covers. it takes heat no problem
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also used buffing compound on side covers and tank. it didn't make any difference
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battery charging lead routed to battery
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now connected
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lead sticks out side behind side cover

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