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    hey mel - Can't polish everything, but that's a 'relief'

    .. leveling the peaks from the maker's mark on castings.
    still have to get get to the bridge piece; almost too easy ...

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    Moving the convo to the Polish thread.

    Here are the carbs close up:



    This bike sat in a barn on the NorCal coast for 35+ years and things started out pretty crusty:



    There's a lot on the body of the carb that was unreachable even with the smallest buffing appliances on the Dremel, but it doesn't show that much once mounted and mostly hidden behind the RS fairing. But I am contemplating if they can be ball burnished.

    I'm impressed by the polished rear MC and will probably add that to the tasks. That, and making SS hard lines. Shopping for a flaring tool right now.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by melville View Post
    Moving the convo to the Polish thread.

    Here are the carbs .
    I appreciate the discipline it took to have a before and after in hand from the pair lol
    or did you leave one together for an instruction 'manual'

    hm ball burnish. convert a drier to a tumbler ?

    these bodies sure ready to final pretty quick

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    POLISHING THREAD ; your time to shine


    POLISHING THREAD ; work your fingers to the shone .


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    Nice! I like the polish on the ribs. Here's what I did for the /7, which is my 'patina' bike, but these were just too much in the as found condition:



    That's my instant valve cover fixture.



    Lots of rotating abrasives to get that crap off!

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    bmw r100 brake steady - 1.jpeg

    a short man should have once said; if you set out to take Vienna, take the high ground first.
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    hear this

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    Big fan of vapor blasting to return metals to original condition and finish, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbasa View Post
    original condition and finish
    wonder if I get a discount on a VB treatment, for " time served "

    tip 1 - clean metal before polishing
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    Itís not ever gonna polish it, but my hubs for my /2 came out looking brand new. It was amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbasa View Post
    vapor blast.
    yeah Im familiar w/ process

    Baffled as to why its called 'vapor" I thought it used a slurry

    How much cost were your hubs ?

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    The b(l)ing carborator

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtgt_bangbang View Post
    Awesome work man. It looks like chrome-y yum

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