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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-17-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Default Anyone Refinish Clear Coated Brushed Aluminum?

I have corrosion under the clearcoat on the brushed aluminum triple clamps on my '05 Kingpin. Has anyone had success in fixing this? I suppose I can try to completely strip the clear, rebrush and polish the aluminum and then clearcoat again. Is this the way to go? Have not had much success in clear coating metal in the past so any suggestions for how to proceed or what to use to clear coat (anyone know what the factory used?) are appreciated. Thanks!
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Use grapefruit. Squeeze all the juice in it and let it sit for over night
whip out all and spay it with a clear coat paint
grapfruit will eat rust but not paint

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I have never heard of the grapefruit trick and suggest to try first! I will next time. I have always used 1000 grit steel wool then reshot with a clear coat from VHT or others from amazon or automotive store of your choice.
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go on the net and you'll see that citrus will eat up rust.

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http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Rust-from-Metal

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go on the net and you'll see that citrus will eat up rust.

try this


http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Rust-from-Metal
Interesting!

Now, I just need to figure out how to remove the water stains/pits on my rims.

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Default Trying Grapefruit Juice

Nothing to lose so decided to try grapefruit juice. Used my wife's juicer to make the juice and then brushed on the corroded areas of the triple tree.

Am a bit skeptical as the corrosion is not 'rust' per se and is under the clear (although there might be a small break in the clear in order for the corrosion to have happened in the first place).

I did not see a reaction when I applied the juice and now, an hour later do not yet see a difference. Will keep on overnight and then see how it looks.

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When my Kingpins clear coat started to come off, I sprayed it with carb cleaner to clean it and it removed the clear coat.

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Good to know, Tarzan. I have some stripper I'm going to use, but if that doesn't do the trick I'll try carb cleaner.

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Aircraft aluminum stripper (available at wally world and every automotive parts store) will take it off instantly and you can use Qtips to apply.
I would still suggest using the 1000 grit steel wool to take it off with a little elbow grease and you can re coat with clear coat.
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Oh OK. From what you posted, I wasn't clear that you used the steel wool to strip the clear off the entire piece. I thought you were using the steel wool to remove the corrosion and even out the surface sheen after stripping. Are you saying you see a problem with using stripper?

You recommended the VHT clear. Just to make sure I'm looking at the right stuff, do you mean their polyurethane wheel paint in clear #SP-184?

Any tips on how to match the brushed look when I redo those areas that oxidized down into the metal?

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