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« on: June 06, 2010, 10:41:16 AM »

Spent the better part of yesterday being a dirty case polisher! But the results were so worth it! Should I clear them now? What is the consensus? Is clear out of a spray bomb good enough?

Phil
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 07:03:16 PM »

Looking great Phil! I can't say anything about a clear coat, so I will keep my mouth shut.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 07:18:44 PM »

Nice job Phil, I can't wait to see (and chase) the whole bike.   Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2010, 08:05:19 AM »

Thanks all! I have to say that polishing is one of the dirtiest jobs you can do! Good thing the end results are usually worth it! Andy I think I have one other cover like that! If not maybe we can find one out at Rhinebeck this weekend!

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2010, 09:55:49 AM »

Hey Phil,
They look great. Next time call Mike Rowe for help, maybe you can get on TV if it's dirty enough!
Most of those parts are easily removable for future polishing as needed, and won't need it too often if you don't ride the Rickman in crappy weather. I've heard that heat turns most of the clearcoat offerings yellow, but I'm sure that there's better info out there.
Looking forward to watching you and Andy duke it out on the CBs,
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 11:26:11 AM »

More polishing up for the Rickman! All I got to do is to polish the frame and swingarm, get the hardware replated and then I can start assembly!

Cheers, Phil
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 01:28:23 PM »

Very nice!
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011, 08:08:06 AM »

Very shiny Phil! Looking forward to the Spring/Summer to see this thing rolling...

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2011, 04:06:10 PM »

Andy,

 I am working on the Rickman now so it will be ready by late Spring, I am hoping! That 1st pic was taken before I had even started polishing the frame! Here is one after the first cut! It is hard to tell in pictures though.

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 05:20:12 PM »

Well today was a perfect day to stay inside and do some polishing! Especially because I had just received some new polish, thanks to a great tip from Bob Simpson! The polish is called Excites Pure Metal Polish, http://www.excites.cc/ , and the stuff just flat out works better and easier than anything I have ever used!

For one, it is a liquid polish and is so much easier to use than the paste stuff I usually use, and secondly it just does an awesome job! My own secret little trick is to start by polishing using 0000 steel wool! I tried it on a hidden part of the frame and it works awesome! A couple more passes with this stuff and I will be ready to start putting it back together! Well that is after I drop off my hardware to get replated!!

Cheers, Phil
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 12:38:22 PM »

Looks great Phil! Who's replating the hardware?
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 12:40:22 PM »

I have been using International Chromium Plating in Providence for MANY years! They do an awesome job but it has just gotten so damn expensive lately, due to the demands the EPA puts on them.

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 02:47:12 PM »

Thanks,
I didn't know there were any platers left in RI. Keep the photos coming!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 10:24:07 PM »

Well the EPA is certainly doing their damnedest to get rid of them all. BASTARDS!!
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 10:40:40 PM »

I've been replacing hardware with stainless whenever I need to. While it's not original, it is well made and I don't worry about the heads coming off due to over-torquing in the past.
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