Polish or not to Polish

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Jon
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Polish or not to Polish

Post by Jon » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:25 pm

Have my bike ready for rego and just tidying up last little things.

Unsure on the finish of the side covers (clutch, alternator, front sprocket)?

Brochure shows them as unpolished, but has satin finish on exhaust too so maybe dulled down to stop reflection in photos?

In Falloon's book the ducati and two wheels sourced pics seem to be mainly non polished, other pics seemed to be polished.

Does anyone remember what the original finish was?

thanks
jon
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Peter Mille
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Post by Peter Mille » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:45 am

1983 900 S2?
Polished for sure, but maybe not to mirror shine.

Angry
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Post by Angry » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:56 pm

Jon Polished for sure Auto Barn sells a polish called Purple ( California Custom ) not cheap but works great on anything Stainless / Aluminium. And Ferro Polishing ph 0295341155 make a product called Blue Sapphire its made in Australia and it is Brilliant (www.ferrofin.com.au).

Yea polished cases set of the bike

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Andrew
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Post by Grover » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:41 pm

I can recommend "PurpleStuff", thats all I use on my bikes.
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Post by rwhc80 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:23 am

Jon,

Polishing your covers is a subjective subject. some love it, others not so much. Having said that, they certainly did not come from the factory with a mirror finish, and many of the experts ( Ian Falloon included) dislike the over polished look, usually done on a machine buff, as it tends to round off the edges.

All in all, if you are doing yours by hand I can't see how you can do any damage, so polish away.

Cheers
Rick
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