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post #771 of 1180 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 2018, 8:02 am
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Don't laugh, mine spent the first winter in the family room. Mrs. said that wouldn't last so I sold it. Turns out the 2nd owner moved out to Arizona and I'm betting that had something to do with it fading so badly. I finally fixed up the garages to be able to store it, found it again and bought it back. Now on the slow road to recovery.
I'll be the sun is to blame.
Redoing them cost me about $100US each but I couldn't find originals.

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Getting rid of discoloured and dirty paint that can’t be cleaned properly on the front part of the horizontal cylinder. Here the paint has been stripped on horizontal cylinder head down to and including the first row of cooling fins. Light buffing and polishing brings out a nice alu finish that complement the painted part nicely. Not completely done yet, but it gives a nice surface that can easily be cleaned and look like “new” with some light buffing. Scratches are also easily polished away.
That looks neat. How did you do it? I’d like to do that to mine.

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I did some “basics” to mine. Pretty clutch and some carbon belt covers from RSR Moto. (replaced the belts in the process).
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Sold a 2006...

to make room for the 2018

Ride on sweet friend, ride on.
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Getting rid of discoloured and dirty paint that can’t be cleaned properly on the front part of the horizontal cylinder. Here the paint has been stripped on horizontal cylinder head down to and including the first row of cooling fins. Light buffing and polishing brings out a nice alu finish that complement the painted part nicely. Not completely done yet, but it gives a nice surface that can easily be cleaned and look like “new” with some light buffing. Scratches are also easily polished away.
That looks neat. How did you do it? I’d like to do that to mine.
Paint degreaser and a small brush to apply only in the selected area. When all paint is removed I treat the alu surface with a microfibre cloth and some alu polish paste to get the desired finish. You can use some fine grit sandpaper also if some areas are a little rough in the surface. The painted engine looks smooth, but it covers a fairly rough alu surface. And a lot of elbow grease. Especially the cooling fins. I have done it with the engine in the frame, only the fairings removed, and of course the limited access makes it more difficult and time consuming compared to if the engine was out and you could work more effectively. But I have a 6 month winter and plenty of time and do a little at a time. It is quite meditative to me :-)
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I removed all the casting flash from the head and cylinder fins , even behind the belt housing, with a combination of Dremel bits and drill bits. I used a drill bit on a variable speed drill to open narrow points between fins to a consistent gap. After painting the cylinders I may polish the edge of the fins. I haven’t decided yet. Will this result in a cooler running engine ? Maybe, but probably not. Casting flash closed off air flow behind the belt housing on mine though, and now air can flow through.
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Paint degreaser and a small brush to apply only in the selected area. When all paint is removed I treat the alu surface with a microfibre cloth and some alu polish paste to get the desired finish. You can use some fine grit sandpaper also if some areas are a little rough in the surface. The painted engine looks smooth, but it covers a fairly rough alu surface. And a lot of elbow grease. Especially the cooling fins. I have done it with the engine in the frame, only the fairings removed, and of course the limited access makes it more difficult and time consuming compared to if the engine was out and you could work more effectively. But I have a 6 month winter and plenty of time and do a little at a time. It is quite meditative to me :-)
Well done! We have a few months over summer when we can’t ride much (except a couple of hours after sunrise - that’s if you don’t mind 40-45C (104-113F) before it starts to really warm up). The family usually escape the heat for a month during school holidays and go to visit family in cooler climes. During that time I keep my bikes indoors and our big lounge becomes a fantastic workshop I’ll save that job until then.

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Carbon fibre; have been thinking about it for awhile, finally did it 'cos they became available locally!
FWIW they are both genuine Ducati Performance parts (part numbers imprinted underneath).

The rub mark on rear tyre is from the original hugger; the plastic split near a mount point.
Those looks really nice! They're not new? You just refinished them?
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Shiny pipes

I was inspired by the look of some SS owners’ shiny pipes so I decided to do something about the grubby ones on the 900 I recently bought. A lot of hard work but I achieved what I wanted.
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They had thick cracked and whitish faded clear coat.
Paint stripper, sanding for many hours, clear coat.
Not super glossy but ok.

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