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    Painting front forks - Anodized?

    Can anyone confirm if the forks on the GL500 were anodized from the factory? I keep finding conflicting information when I search. (both the forum and the web)

    If so, is there a certain step needed to paint the anodized material? I know a special Aluminum primer is needed for raw finishes.

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    I do not think those forks are anodized but I think they may be polished and clear coated.
    Try some paint stripper and see what happens. Most of the Honda parts I have polished were
    clear coated from the factory and must be stripped if you want to paint or polish them.
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    etch prime them if you're going to paint them.
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    Always use an etching primer on bare metal. And like they stated earlier, paint stripper will remove the coating. Prep is always the key to a good paint job.

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    they are just clear coated air craft paint stripper will remove it

    i have had good results with light sanding once stripped then vht epoxy paint

    then a 20 minute trip in the oven at 175-180

    now i just powder coat them
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