Pre­serv­ing your hard work

Classic Bike Guide - - Cbg Work­shop -

Hav­ing got the al­loy back as you want, it’s worth con­sid­er­ing how you’ll re­tain the ef­fect. It shouldn’t be nec­es­sary to use abra­sive metal pol­ishes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis so look for a good wax pol­ish or one of the more be­nign metal pol­ishes that are now avail­able. Metal pol­ishes that con­tain preser­va­tives and/or waxes nor­mally bring back the lus­tre and leave a pro­tec­tive coat. As long as wa­ter and oxy­gen are ex­cluded from the metal sur­face the un­der­ly­ing pol­ish­ing work should re­main largely unaffected.

The re­sults speak for them­selves here. Pol­ish­ing is with­out doubt a messy job but it’s also dis­pro­por­tion­ately sat­is­fy­ing. An hour or so spent in the work­shop with some grotty old bits of fes­ter­ing al­loy quickly pro­duces some­thing to be proud of. Pol­ish­ing can pro­vide a ther­a­peu­tic break in a restora­tion project; when you’re wait­ing for parts, the pen­e­trat­ing oil still hasn’t done its job or it’s too cold to spray that side panel, there’s nor­mally some­thing that needs a ses­sion on the mops. Crank up the pol­isher and, for once, bask in your own re­flected glory.

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