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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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How to change shiny chrome to more brushed/satin finish?

Hi all.

I have a shiny chrome rack to install (Hepco Becker rack for Triumph Scrambler) but have been trying to dechrome the bike as much as possible.

Is there any way to convert the shiny chrome finish of the rack to a good looking brushed or satin look? Sanding or scotchbrite? Some kind of chemical acid process?

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scotchbrite plus wd40

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Before I painted my headlight bucket I sanded it down really well. It looked really cool. It looked like a very cool version of polished metal.

I almost wanted to install it like that without painting it, just to see how it would look.
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Thanks. Any tips on grade of sandpaper? Does scotchbrite have grades?

And would I scuff longitudinally or circumferentially? Or haphazard?




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red scotchbrite, sand lightly and evenly in uniform circles.

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Cool. Thanks sweat!

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a satin clear coat is how many companies get that brushed look. ck out scrambler green or numerous harley models. lots of elbow grease will dull finishes, but a satin clear coat acrylic will do the same thing, quickly, and seal the metal, too...
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+1 on the red scotchbrite. Available at any parts or paint supply store.

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Would the red scotchbrite work to buff out a scrape from the shift lever contacting the left engine cover? What clear coat will "match" the stock brushed aluminum on the side cover once the scrape is scotchbtited?

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Scotchbrite won't buff or remove imperfections, it only roughs up the surface. What you want to do, is use some 13 micron wet or dry sandpaper and wet sand the area to take out the major imperfection. Then depending on how deep the scratch is, you can either buff it with some buffing compound and a buffing wheel or hit it with some clearcoat.

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