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Hello all: I have a 83 Interstate and 85 Aspencade.

Both have the metal panel on front of fairing that appears to be a brushed stainless steel.



However it really appears to be some type of a coating as some small places it has worn away and it appears to be a smooth type of metal underneath.



The panels no longer look very good with the worn spots on them. I tried to polish a few spots and I can remove the finish, although difficult in areas.



What have some of you done in this situation?



Should I try to somehow strip this old finish off, and if so how?



Or should I just get some automotive paint and paint the panel, seems the fastest way?



Thanks in advance.

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First thing decide if it is aluminun. Most likely the case for the 1100. Take 120 grit sand wet sand paper and sand the clear coat off[take all of the dings out if you can. Keep sanding with a fine grade of wet sand paper 2000 grit will do the job. Remember the wetter you keep it the better the sanding job. After a lot of elbow grease spray it with a clear coat and it will last for another 20 years.
 

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Had the same on my 82 all I did was to masking tape on it and it stuck on good then pulled it off and the coating came off too but only use a 3/4 inch wide strip one at a time so you only work 3/4 of an inche at a time as you go. My windshield had a coating on it too on the inside and out so I did the same thing to it after I polished it up with table polish called LEMON PLEDGE and WOW it is like new
 

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Spray on graffiti remover works great on clear coat. Saves quite a bit of time, rather than sanding it off.

Once I got my clear coat off, I used a scotch bright pad and gave it a satin finish.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations.

Does anyone know what the original coating was?



Apparently a clear coat, but was it just sprayed over bare metal or was there a silver finish and spray technique also to make it look like a brushed finish?



On another note, how do you remove the metal panel ?

Thanks

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remove 4 screws and both mirrors. if you use graffiti remover it is a great look if you do not want it shinny
 
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