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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I have a friend who polished his last two bikes, a 96 Ninja and a 99 Ninja. He told me he would help me polish my frame after he helped this other guy with a F4 first. However, when he tried helpin' the kid he told me that it was way too hard and they had only gotten half way through one side of the frame and sent it out to get finished. Well anyway I asked around and there is a garage who will polish my whole frame and my rims for about 1500$ is this about right. And after my friend,who had polished two bikes prior and then had trouble with an F4, will it come out okay on my bike? Does anyone have any pics of a polished F4?
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JEEZ man...you must REALLY want it polished badly! That seems awfully expensive, but polishing IS a chore that does take time to do right!

Sometimes folks have a hard time removing the anodizing (or powdercoating, depending on what you are polishing)...so the frustration sets in.

If I were you, I would look around on articles on polishing and maybe attempt to do it yourself..unless you have $1500 sitting around that you just WANT to pay out. You could at least do the rims yourself...I believe the 2000 F4 has the three spoke wheels right? No problem. It's the older wheels that posed the huge problem to polish...the ones with the six spokes.

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I don't want a polished frame but I was thinking about doing the wheels. Any suggestions?
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http://www.sportbikeguy.com

that site has information on polishing rims--and some other information that is good to know...

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What are the going rates for polishing? I am curious because I do polishing myself and have been asked by a local shop if I wanted to do some bikes for his customers and I have no clue what is the going rate...

Why was your friend having so many problems? Was he trying to polish it by hand or with a machine? Did you attempt the wheels yet? The aluminum under the paint is already polished on a Honda, just have to carefully use paint stripper and remove all the paint. I'd just polish the lips of the rims myself, looks better.... The frame shouldn't be that difficult, you are going to have to grind any of the rough casting with a machine, trying to do it by hand with sandpaper is nuts... You could use an orbital sander with either emory or just regular wet/dry paper, you are probably going to have to start out with around 80 grit and just keep working your way up... I use grinding rolls and different coumpounds to work my way up, it's quicker that the orbital method but if you don't know what you are doing, you will have a wavy and gouged frame.... Let me know what he was doing and if I can help you fix the problem...
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Just get aircraft stripper and some mothers aluminum polish.
I did both wheels in 6 hours and for 15 bucks. I didn't even take the wheels off. Don't pay somebody to do it. If I can do it, anybody can!!!!:angry:
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hey there how much of the lip did ya strip and polish.
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You can only polish to the line before the spokes. After that, you will be sorry!

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WHOA...... DaBatty, in your motorcycles it says you got a '02 954.

954 frames are painted. It will be much harder than an F4. Unless you want to pay to have it done, don't even attempt it. IMO

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hey duessel, you mean the 1 inch strip of the wheel just before the spokes that needs to be taped off.



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