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Polish fuel cap

Any idea if a 93 RR’s fuel cap is aluminum and if it would take well to hours of hand polishing to a mirror finish? I want to keep my original cap but don’t want to pay a local shop $450 plus tax to get it chromed. Found two local shops doing this kind of work and the pricing nowadays is sure astronomical. Worst case, any experience out there with chrome-like spray paint? Would I be happy considering the rest of my bike is near perfect? Thanks for reading.
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Mine polished up pretty nice
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Mine polished up pretty nice
Looks really good.

Is it a hand job? (If you'll excuse my terminology)

I've had good results on allow with 600 down to 1200 wet and dry and then finished with metal polish (Autosol in UK)

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Re: Polish fuel cap

i never do hand jobs.

i do my own paint so i've got all the buffing stuff. definitely beats spending hours by hand.
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That does look good.

This is my motorcycle there others like it, but this one is mine
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I did get a quote from Mirror Finish Polishing in the US for $119 plus shipping.

But I’ll take the hand polish approach this Winter and share the result.
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I did get a quote from Mirror Finish Polishing in the US for $119 plus shipping. . .
Not sure whether I am naive or just plain out of touch. That does seem expensive for what must be only an hour's labour for a professional.

Just shows though, that we are prepared to go the whole hog for our 'toys'.
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Re: Polish fuel cap

If curious, here's what my petrol cap looks like presently. And at least in the US, a $120 USD hourly bill rate is the going rate for professional services like this. The local outfit by me who wants $450 for the job is highway robbery though. Still, I'm going to take the laborious route myself this Winter.
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If curious, here's what my petrol cap looks like presently. And at least in the US, a $120 USD hourly bill rate is the going rate for professional services like this. The local outfit by me who wants $450 for the job is highway robbery though. Still, I'm going to take the laborious route myself this Winter.
I like shiny bits but, is that cap coated or painted? And what's with the carbon looking flip top? A sticker?

I've polished 5 bikes in my day, all by hand. I love the dedicated labor it takes, and the result speaks for itself.









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Ian, it’s a cheap sticker to cover the uglier spot on the cap. I had this cap chrome plated cheaply about 20 yrs ago. Looks awful today. I polished the frame and wheels on this bike by hand about 20 yrs ago and try to keep it fresh every season. I had some help getting the white removed from the wheels. The main frame spars are still near mirror finish, but the rest shows its age for now. Old man patina I guess. I did so with only the fairings removed originally. I’ll put up some photos soon. Since the cap is aluminum too, I now know, it should be doable to fix this. I bought this ‘93 model in Aug ‘92 in the US. I painted the original fairings and tank yellow and white after upgrading to a ‘97 front fairing in ‘01.
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To chrome plate, a copper layer is added first. You'll have to make sure that comes off too. Another thing, chrome is very hard, 80 or so hrc, and will take a lot to remove. Aluminum is obviously very soft. You'll have to be delicate not to wear away aluminum while removing the chrome.
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Good tips Skant. Thank you. Ill be careful. I’ll see if I can strip the chrome with a 400 grit paper roller on a Dremel tool.
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I've polished 5 bikes in my day, all by hand. I love the dedicated labor it takes, and the result speaks for itself.
I have remarked on your ace frames before. Had no idea they were hand polished. Classic job!!
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I have remarked on your ace frames before. Had no idea they were hand polished. Classic job!!
Thank you sir, very appreciated

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Whoever would have believed that a scratched, faux-carbon-topped fuel cap could attract 15 posts - and growing!!

Think I'll go and post a 'what oil shall I use?' thread to bring this place into line!!
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