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Does anyone have any experience polishing a frame. I am thinking about trying to do mine. Is it worth it to do it yourself. I know a guy that will do it for $100. What do you think?

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If you have seen his work and you think he is good. then $100 is a STEAL! It is a pain in the ars! Be ready to clean almost as much as you ride.
 

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No, I am sure it is $100.00. Polish the frame. Now I will say that I have never seen this guy's work. but I will see some soon. I will see other bikes he has done.

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I have experienced polishing a 91 gsxr frame. After that experience I no longer see polished frames as coll or worth the hassle. But for 100 dollars you are really really getting a steal. My only point to make is that if you aren't the type that really enjoys a good looking bike and is a stickler about cleanliness, then maintaining the frame will be a pain in the arse. Seriously research this before you go through with it.

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$100.00 bucks is dirt cheap. You better make sure he knows you mean sanding a metal polishing and not applying a coat of turtle wax. I have my buddies ZX-7 in my shed right now doing a polish job and I'm charging him $700.00 (excluding the swing arm) it's a crap load of work!! Once you get it done, make sure you seal it to cut down on the cleaning required.
 

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blubyu: can u define 'sealing it'?

Dude if this guys does good work, $100 is a steal for sure! I wish he lived locally. Also be advised the dude above is NOT exaggerating at all!!!!!!! If your a clean freak its gonna look great BUT if ur the type of guy who hates cleaning and prefers riding its gonna look like SH!T. So dont do it if ur the lazy type. Mind you, cleaning means wiping down all polished parts just like the body work.

Gdluck! and give us a pic if & when its done

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YA...what do you mean by "sealing it"?
Thanks.

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I've done my share of cleaning up aluminum.

Start w/ 300 grit wet-dry and work down to 1500 grit (don't cheat, use all grits in-between finishing off w/ steel wool and a metal polish.

I have never seal aluminum afterwards since the 'sealant' has a habit of changing colors and flaking off over time. Just keep polish the aluminum frequently.

This is ALLOT of work!!!!! I can understand why shops do it for $1,000+, but I'ld be very wary of the $100 shop.

As alway, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

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OK, I guess I created quite a stir when I used the word Seal. What I meant was put a good "protective" coating such as a good wax or that Honda protectant/sealant. I've found that it cuts down on the number of times I have to go over it again.
 

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I did it on the swing arm & clutch cover plate on my dirt bike.

I used some jelly stuff, i think naval jelly?, used to take off rust etc. from metal. It eats up the paint pretty good then you just need to do a little sanding. And then to keep it looking good you have to keep polishing it, after doing it once I don't think I'll try it on my new bike. It did look sweet. . .but I didn't like all the upkeep.
 

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hmmm I duno about the diffrent grit sand paper, I'm using an air angle grinder and these fine sanding pads. After 3 pads this is what my frame looks like..



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Sorry if this sounds negative and all, but I have seen an f4 with a polished frame and since I know the work involved in getting that look, it makes me wonder why someone would do that to a f4 or f4i since the plastics pretty much cover up the frame. All that work and no one gets a good look at it.

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Cause I'm bored and have the resources to do it.. and it doesn't take too much time.. that only took me an 1/2 hour to get like that..

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I can't see someone doing a frame for $100... It's a lot of work involved, my last polishing project was the swingarm on my VFR and we all know how rough Honda's castings are... This is a picture in the process, I was also doing the hub...


 

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Looks great!!! The hub is going to be a pain thoo, or was? Did you get it done already? Was your swingarm and hub done last August, cause I don't remember seeing it polished..

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