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#146698 - 12/18/19 08:48 PM Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks
JPouchet Offline
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Registered: 12/16/19
Posts: 9
Loc: California - Orange County
So when I got my 2007 XT225 home one of the first things I noticed in the garage - having purchased it at night - was the fork tubes looked a wee bit rougher than I thought when I picked the bike up in San Diego.

So I did some Internet searching and found a great video on YouTube of how to clean aluminum rims on an automobile.

Applied the basic concept to the forks.

Use 1 part distilled white vinegar
1 part isopropyl alcohol
and Steel Wool - fine or 00
Do wear rubber gloves! the mixture is acidic
Do place paper / rags under the work area the mixture will stain concrete

Oh - and don't use any plastic bowls that belong in the Kitchen. They will be a bugger to clean out afterwards! blush

Start at the top of the forks as the liquid will run down and help pre-soak the lower portions of the forks.

You may need to use a lot of pressure on certain areas. Keep scrubbing until you get the finish you are looking for. In my case this was a test. I'm happy but will revisit the process when I remove the front wheel for service. That will provide better access.

This is a 'before' view of the forks.

This is an after

Note: your results may vary. The good news is just about any degree of pitting / oxidation can be removed. Wish I knew about this when I lived at the beach with my Virago 750. Could have cleaned that up nicely.



Edited by JPouchet (12/19/19 12:16 AM)
Edit Reason: type - should be good not god news
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#146699 - 12/18/19 09:18 PM Re: Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks [Re: JPouchet]
Az4x4 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/08
Posts: 4395
Loc: Heber/Overgaard, AZ

Nice! The forks look a whole lot better than when you brought the bike home. Lot of work, no doubt, but well worth it..
"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." Isaac Asimov's 100th birthday 01/02/2020

#146702 - 12/19/19 09:33 AM Re: Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks [Re: JPouchet]
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Registered: 10/03/16
Posts: 612
Loc: Atlanta,GA
Thanks for the tip.
2004 XT225 purchased new in October 2004 0 miles. Current miles over 27,000.


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