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Old 01-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When I bought my 05 Aero last summer it was in great mechanical condition, but cosmetically was a smidge rougher than I typically prefer. so, I didn't feel too bad about doing a few mods to get it looking a bit better. First thing I did was paint some of the frame where it had seen some better days, little bit of surface rust here and there, just masked what I didn't want sprayed. Then after trying forever to polish the deep scratches out of the tank/sidecovers I decided to try just misting the parts with the same rattle can paint I used on the frame...covered all the deep swirl marks and kinda looked like a poor man's metallic treatment. I kind of like the matte finishes, and it came out pretty good, considering. Chrome was kinda scuffed, not bad but bugged me, so I decided to try out the scotchbrite to give it a brushed finish. Started with the plastic chrome engine cases, looked like the previous owner made a mess of them cleaning them, all randomly scratched like he used a dry cloth to wipe dirt and grit off them. Took me quite a while to get the hang of it, but it came out looking awesome, so I got brave and did a few more pieces and I am liking the look. Think I will leave a few pieces unmolested though as an accent. Whaddaya think...

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice! Me likey.
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Thanks, Aced It...I have read through "My Road to Rod" several times, lots of great stuff you have done there.
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Thanks, Aced It...I have read through "My Road to Rod" several times, lots of great stuff you have done there.
Thanks! I have been contemplating the brushed look myself; don't recall if I mentioned it before or not. Too many d^mn things to do, LOL!
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ScotchBrite Huh???
Might hafta try it on some of my chrome!!!
Lookin` GREAT!
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Would like to do the speedo housing on the tank...lots of swirly scratches on it which are very visible, just haven't worked up the courage yet. Biggest thing is making sure all the scratches from the brushing process are uniform and perfectly straight to keep it looking good. By the way I am using the maroon pad, then finishing with the grey ultra-fine pad. Kind of nerve wracking when you start the first piece...no going back, you know.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it won't rust, will it?

i know the plastic won't, but i'd be careful with water
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I quite like it ! It almost looks like stainless steel and I'd bet it fools quite a few folks into thinking that.
Not sure about the possibility of rusting as the above poster mentioned but there are a huge variety of high temp coatings that might well act as a barrier to the water on say, the pipes and an equal number that would protect the other areas.

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Shouldn't rust...only going deep enough to dull down the chrome. Saw a guy on Youtube using a die grinder with a flap wheel, I think I would be more worried about that one...
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Scotch brite you say? Hmmm. Gives me some ideas for some chrome that's a little scuffed up. ) living on dirt roads suck!


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