2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

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2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby Night_Wolf » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:12 pm

I'll start this thread for the slow transformations taking place with my 2006 1400 Intruder

Some of you may remember that I purchased a set of cast rims from Bronx Intruder [emoji2] Well to say the rims were in bad shape would be an understatement, but I knew this & went ahead. By the time I had them in my grubby little hands I was into them for about $1200.00 USD or $1500 CDN. :bonk:

Took them to a shop in town & had them strip the chrome which cost me another $300.00 :blink:

Original rims as posted by Bronx Intruder
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Original rims as posted by Bronx Intruder
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Chrome stripped (notice the pitting)
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Chrome Stripped
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Polished (1 side)
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Polished (1 side) small blemmish
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Polished (1 side) small blemmish
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Polished (1 side)
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Only one side has been completed so far and this side will get at least 2 more compounds applied with the buffing wheel, once I get the other side completed started.

Since these will NOT be clear coated, anyone have ideas on the best way to keep the shine/seal the finish? I was thinking of applying a cpl coats of Liquid Glass (Eddie D used to swear by the stuff)



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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby navigator » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:41 am

For sealing, try this stuff, it works well.
The Metal Gloss is used to clean and polish the metal and the Sealer Gloss is used to seal and protect the metal.
https://www.amazon.com/Master-Formula-M ... B00EHYOVKU

IIRC it was Cuban that turned me on to this stuff.

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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby scootermcq » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:05 am

scootermcq wrote:
Night_Wolf wrote:Since these will NOT be clear coated, anyone have ideas on the best way to keep the shine/seal the finish? I was thinking of applying a cpl coats of Liquid Glass (Eddie D used to swear by the stuff)


Gord's Aluminium Polish the stuff works awesome.

http://gordsaluminumpolish.com/

It is a little pricey, but the shine keeps getting better and it seals the aluminium.

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Left done, right not

I polished every inch of a Virago with wheels & compound and then used Gords to maintain
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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby scootermcq » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:07 am

Here is another piece I did....

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I had started to polish it already, but you can see what I started with.

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Polished & Sealed with Gords
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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby Night_Wolf » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:31 am

scootermcq wrote:
scootermcq wrote:Gord's Aluminium Polish the stuff works awesome.

http://gordsaluminumpolish.com/

It is a little pricey, but the shine keeps getting better and it seals the aluminium.

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Left done, right not

I polished every inch of a Virago with wheels & compound and then used Gords to maintain


I have deep pitting in the chrome, through to the aluminum that this probably won't get out. Look at the "scallops" in the before picture of the front wheel, I can make it shine but I want the pitting gone
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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby Night_Wolf » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:32 pm

Well I have one side of the rear mag wheel polished almost; it has only been hit with the 1st compound, still have to hit it with the 2nd (brown) compound, 3rd (white) compound & of course the 4th & final (red) compound. I plan on getting the 2nd brown compound on & then I have to do some more work on the other side before I start hitting it with the buffing wheel & compounds

What the rims looked like when originally posted by Bronx Intruder


Rough Shape

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Rough Shape

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Rough Shape

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Rough Shape

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Rough Shape

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Rough Shape

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Chrome Stripped paid $300 to have the chrome stripped from the rims. The shop that sent them out offered to polish or chrome them for approximately $400.00 each :eek: Since they were almost $100.00 over on the cost to stripping the chrome I can guess how off their quote to polish or chrome them would have been :bang:

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Chrome Stripped notice the pitting

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My work so far to get to this stage; since I am out of work I figured what the hell give it a go & try to polish the rims myself. Started with 60 grit sandpaper on the palm sander followed by 120 grit & then repeat at least 3 times until I removed all the deep pitting. Then I started with 180 grit wet sandpaper, followed by 200 grit, 400 grit, 600 grit, 800 grit, 1000 grit & finally 2000 grit :shock:

I will admit I was seriously kicking my ass over buying the rims with the amount of work I was going to put into getting these rims ready for installation. Now that they are at this stage I can say I am extremly happy to know they will look awesome on The Mistress

This 1st picture was last night after I finished sanding them with the wet sandpaper & I gave the one section a quick hit of Autosol polish

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My work so far these last 2 pictures show how much the polishing compound on the wheel makes the rims shine even more. I'm using a 4" buffing wheel on my cordless drill & yes I have different wheels for each stage of compound

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My work so far

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I also have Turtle Wax Rubbing compound & Turtle Wax Polishing compound; am I better off not using these & just using some Mothers or similar polish once I have finished with the buffing wheels?
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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby dwd58 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:31 pm

Those look great ! Very good job, man.

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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby Leckbass » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Wow, impressive!

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Re: 2006 VS1400 Cast Rims

Postby YoDude » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:29 pm

How about a bigger fuel tank? Can ya do that too?

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