I have polished several parts on CX/GL bikes and the first step is to use stripper and get all
the clear coat off the part. Most parts polish fairly easily. I use a 6" polishing wheel on my
bench grinder, and it needs to be a pretty powerful grinder to work well. Caswell Polishing has
the wheels and polishing compound you need. I use black compound in the beginning and finish with
brown compound for the final gloss. Polishing is not easy and is a nasty job but worth it for me.
The only problem I had was putting the black stripes back on the GL650 valve covers, finally gave
up and left them plain. Paint would not stick to the polished surface. I do not clear coat the
parts, I polish them with chrome polish, car polish or something like that.
I think there is a certain wire brush wheel. Likely very fine. Bob Logue had told me that he knew the original wire brush or steel wool to use, but he didn't tell me which one. Maybe take a real fine wire wheel or some 00 steel wool and test it on some aluminum or a spare cover from another bike.What finish is on the valve covers and clutch cover?
It is not chrome, it is not just polished as the valve covers are frequently seen to be peeling.
If you are to refinish the valve covers and clutch cover what is the best method?