Dulling Stainless

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Reformed DucFlogger, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Reformed DucFlogger

    Reformed DucFlogger Inventor Of The Wheel Mk2

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    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?

    Thanks
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  2. honcho

    honcho Barley Adventurer

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    take a wire wheel to it.
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  3. Twin headlight Ernie

    Twin headlight Ernie bar napkin engineering

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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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  4. elmoreman

    elmoreman takin' a break, boss

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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?:huh
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  5. scibeer

    scibeer Lost

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    Pull it off and find someone to bead blast it.
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  6. honcho

    honcho Barley Adventurer

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    sorry... forgot to say use a stainless wire wheel. good catch t.h.e.
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  7. Jhammer

    Jhammer Been here awhile

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  8. ROSKO

    ROSKO The Dirty Knacker

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    These guys pretty much got you covered, stainless wire wheel, bead blasting or scotchbrite pad on a random orbit sander.....
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  9. Reformed DucFlogger

    Reformed DucFlogger Inventor Of The Wheel Mk2

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    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.

    Gracias
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  10. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    Scotch Brite and WD-40.

    Ride Safe,
    Vettster
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