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I have been retsoring my dad's 82 GL 1100 for a while now and at this point all the mechanical work is just about done. Thanks to everyone that provided info for me. I now want to start on some of the cosmetic things the bike needs. This bike is in excellent condition but I would like to clean up some of the pitting and scratches on the timimg belt covers and some of the other metal pieces. I know that some of these things are for sell on ebay in chrome but because this bike belonged to my dad I would like to keep it as original as possible.



If anyone knows how to clean up the pitting and scratches on these parts I would really appreciate the help.



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T. Scott
 

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I haven't tried it yet, but several board members have stripped off the old clearcoat and polished the covers to a mirror shine. Someone will be along to show pictures, they look really good. Ditto for the intake pipes and valve covers.
 

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If the covers are real bad, you may be better off looking on ebay for replacements. Otherwise I found this paste called Semi chrome polish, that works real good to produce almost a chrome like finish. Its pricey so you could look around for something like it. You'll need to use a electric drill and pad to save time.
 

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I stripped the clearcoat on my 77 and used a buffing wheel with a couple compounds and it came out very good. The fenders on mine were badly pitted so I painted them after I sanded them. I'll post pictures this evening.

I'm like you keep it original.
 

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strip and buff.... gotta get that old clear coat off before buffing, then can either rough buff so it looks stock or shine almost as good as chrome.... either way reapply clear coat afterwords
 

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You could get some advice from a proffessional metal finisher. See my post about calipers. They are not that bad priced and their work is guaranteed. They can even spray fill the scratches and polish.

Sorry if this is expensive but you didn,t mention a budget. I have finished mine and spent about three times its worth on the job. Restoring is not cheap.
 
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