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    Painting/Bare Aluminum

    So I'm getting ready to disassembly the motor and I have a couple of questions regarding painting. I have painted motors before and I don't have an issue with that process, but on this one I plan on leaving some things non painted. I plan on leaving the clutch cover bare aluminum. I want to sand the imperfections out. Is there anything I should do to it after that? Clear it? Secondly I want to keep the ridges on both the sides of the motor and valve covers bare as well. I planned on painting the whole thing and then just hard block sanding them to remove the paint. Is there anything I should do after that? My concern would be peeling after the fact. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!.
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    What colour of paint are you using?
    As for the bare clutch cover and valve covers, they can get polished out, or what I have done was blasted the covers with glass bead and then shot them with Engine enamel clear from VHT
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    Yeah I'm using VHT. That's what I was thinking. I am painting the covers but want the fins bare. Of course I can't clear over the matte black. That kind of defeats the purpose. Unless there is a matte clear I don't know about. maybe I'll look at the website.
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    huh. they have a matte clear in wheel paint. wonder if that would work?
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    Etch prime alloy before painting. Many paints don't like to stay stuck to it otherwise.

    I don't put anything over polished alloy, but our climate is pretty kind to stuff like this.
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    yeah it's not like I'm going to be driving it in the winter. When I sanded down some forks on my old suzuki a few years back they seem to be holding just fine.
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