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    Senior Member sweetbeats's Avatar
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    Not trying to make it a museum piece...just trying to get it to look like something other than an ashtray. Its such a pretty casting and I can't stand it looking like that but MAN its gonna a lot of time and patience to bring it back.
    Proud Owner of "Rufus", a work-in-progress barn-find 1981 CX500 Custom - my first and only motorcycle.

    Where did the name come from? I credit my elder daughter:

    [Me] Hey kids...so we need to come up with a name for the motorcycle...
    [Daughter] How about Rufus?
    [Me] That's a boy's name...I wasn't sure if it was a boy or a girl.
    [Daughter] Oh its a boy.
    [Me] Hm?
    [Daughter] Because its naughty...and all boys are naughty.
    [Me] (Laughing aloud) Rufus it is!

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    Find a 6" variable speed grinder. You will need a wire wheel, several felt wheels and polishing compounds.



    Use the wire wheel to remove clear coat, oxide, heavy scratches......



    move to a felt wheel with a course compound.

    Note: One felt wheel = One polishing compound. Don't mix 'em up. Use a sharpie to label the wheels to match the compound.



    move up to the next finer compound......rinse lather repeat until you have the shine you want.



    I finish off with an automotive clear coat from a rattle can.



    Loads of websites for How To on polishing.



    Caution......it addicting.

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    check out this thread I posted showing the steps for polishing



    http://cx500forum.com/index.php?/top..._1#entry192268
    1979 Honda cx500 custom


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    Very nice.



    Thanks for that.



    To be honest I'd be happy if my valve covers looked like yours after the glass bead blasting...
    Proud Owner of "Rufus", a work-in-progress barn-find 1981 CX500 Custom - my first and only motorcycle.

    Where did the name come from? I credit my elder daughter:

    [Me] Hey kids...so we need to come up with a name for the motorcycle...
    [Daughter] How about Rufus?
    [Me] That's a boy's name...I wasn't sure if it was a boy or a girl.
    [Daughter] Oh its a boy.
    [Me] Hm?
    [Daughter] Because its naughty...and all boys are naughty.
    [Me] (Laughing aloud) Rufus it is!

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