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Old 02-20-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
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Dulling Stainless

With the wrenching forum being pahsed-out, thought I'd post this here.

I have a polished SS exhaust can that I would like to give a uniform satin finish to (and possibly paint afterwards). Is there any better method than wet sanding the can with fine paper/pads to accomplish what I'm looking to do?

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Old 02-20-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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take a wire wheel to it.
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:02 PM   #3
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Don't take a wire wheel to it unless the wire wheel is also stainless. Most wire wheels are regular steel and will etch a metalic residue (rust) into the stainless steel. I've purchased stainless steel flat washers in the past that rust. Turns out they were stamped from a steel die and it was the residue from the die that caused the surface rust. I'd use a scotch brite pad. The scotch brite pad can be used to give it a matte finish or etch it for surface prep. 2HE
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Reformed DucFlogger
With the wrenching forum being pahsed-out, thought I'd post this here.

I have a polished SS exhaust can that I would like to give a uniform satin finish to (and possibly paint afterwards). Is there any better method than wet sanding the can with fine paper/pads to accomplish what I'm looking to do?

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Find someone who doesnt have stainless, buy it, paint it, then sell your stainless for a profit. Why would you devalue such a thing?
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:35 PM   #5
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Pull it off and find someone to bead blast it.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:03 PM   #6
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sorry... forgot to say use a stainless wire wheel. good catch t.h.e.
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:16 PM   #7
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3m Scotch Bright, try the general purpose if thats not enough go to the Heavy duty they will leave a nice satin finish. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...?PC_7_0_3777_r
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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if you REALLY want to...

These guys pretty much got you covered, stainless wire wheel, bead blasting or scotchbrite pad on a random orbit sander.....
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Old 02-21-2007, 07:40 AM   #9
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Thanks...

for the input. The exhaust is a nice system (DAM out of Belgium via Sommers KTM) but never felt that a nice polished can looked 'right' ona DS bike. Doing some paint work and mods on the bike and the can is likely on the list.

Think I'll start with the 3M pad idea first.

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Scotch Brite and WD-40.

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