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alloy guards etc

jellywrestler

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#1
i've polished my guards up ready to fit to my bike and keen to find out any products that i can coat them with so they retain their finish without the constant task of cleaning and polishing being needed.
anyone know of something.
i had been recomended clear powdercoating by someone.
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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#2
Clear powder coat may cause problems , if it is chipped by stones etc moisture will then permeate beneath the coating causing it to lift and allowing the alloy to corrode. Apart from bright anodizing I don't know of anything that will maintain a shine without maintenance. Some of the alloy polishes keep the shine longer than others , Belgom Alu is 1 , and there is another which is very good , can't recall the name off the top , I'll find it and post L8r.
 

vince998

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#3
Solvol autosol and a light dusting of vienna lime(or substitute)afterwoods does the job for me.(or even better,oil,or in winter grease applied liberaly);)
 

jellywrestler

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#4
thought so

i didnt like the idea of a 'painted' coat for that reason, corrosion through paint chips- thank you for that. Vienna Lime??? do i look at a wine shop for that or where? i'm one of those new zealand members and dont recognise the product.
thanks for your help folks
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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#5
Basically , the only way to prevent the metal surface from tarnishing or corroding is to seal it from the atmosphere. Painted or hard permanent coatings suffer from stone chipping and will affect the appearance. Wax , or other similar substances will prevent oxidation but will also collect dust & dirt so will need cleaning off and re-coating regularly. I did hear of a polymer coating developed for & used on military jets which apparently does the impossible , but I haven't been able to source it or any hard info.
Unless that is indeed true , the only other option is stainless guards !!
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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#6
That other alloy polish I was trying to recall above is Alu-Magic by a company called Autec Vertriebs. UK Distributor is Auto Cavityseal in Manchester. Very good stuff.
 

boggler122

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#7
Rotting mud guards

Basically the problem would be solved by someone making a batch of stainless guards, the new alloy guards fitted to my partially built Comet are tarnishing in the garage. My other Comet has glass fibre replica touring guards.
 

boggler122

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#8
Alloy guards

A solution is to polish the guards and then go out and but a tin of ACF 50. An Aerosol spray.This claims to protect all alloy finishes it is about GBP10 a tin. I have a tin and up till now it appears to be working on my guards and rims. Ken
 

andygbsmith

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#17
ACF50 is an anti corrosion product used in the aviation industry.
The military coat aircraft with it typically when used on aircraft carriers.
Its very good stuff. Provided you don't use very strong detergents it will last for months even after regular washing.
Don't buy the aerosol buy the 1 ltr bottle that comes with a small atomizer spray, it lasts 3/4 times as long and is only a quid dearer to buy.
 

Albervin

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#18
I use Meguiars all metal polish. It is almost totally non abrasive & has a canuba wax base which keeps the shine for up to a year in my shed. However, I use a de-humidifier to keep the moisture content as low as I can. As I live by the ocean that is very important, but this has been proven now in a very scientific experiment. Ask off line if you want to know more.
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